Faculty also got the NHS #COVID contract alongside Palantir - a shadowy US AI firm owned by far-right billionaire, Peter Thiel. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/12/revealed-dominic-cummings-firm-paid-vote-leaves-ai-firm-260000
They both attended SAGE meetings. Ben was in 13 of 34 meetings.
Faculty, won a £250m NHS contract last August (this was only publicly announced on 13 March).
Faculty rprtdly employed several Cambridge Analytica employees to provide the data behind Cummings Vote Leave data team. That data was turned over AIQ for microtargeting. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/04/vote-leave-ai-firm-wins-seven-government-contracts-in-18-months
What was the role was of
Faculty AI / ASI?
Since Cummings refused to appear before a parliamentary committee we don’t know.
In December 2019, Ben Warner joined No.10. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/leave-campaigns-data-geek-joins-no-10-3klj3566j
Boris Johnson is to ask a data expert who helped win the general election and EU referendum to modernise the machinery of power — after he predicted the election result to within one seat.Ben Warnerhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/leave-campaigns-data-geek-joins-no-10-3klj3566j
They were originally granted intellectual property rights & allowed to profit off their access to NHS data https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/under-pressure-uk-government-releases-nhs-covid-data-deals-big-tech/
Hours before openDemocracy was due to sue, government releases massive data-sharing contracts with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Faculty and Palantir.https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/under-pressure-uk-government-releases-nhs-covid-data-deals-big-tech/
Full details are unknown because the published contract was partly redacted. #COVID19 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/02/ai-firm-that-worked-with-vote-leave-wins-new-coronavirus-contract
Deal may allow Faculty, linked to senior Tory figures, to analyse social media data, utility bills and credit ratingshttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/02/ai-firm-that-worked-with-vote-leave-wins-new-coronavirus-contract
Faculty & Palantir “didn’t need to bid” because of pre-existing contracts from Aug 2019 (just after Cummings entered No.10) for a £250m NHS contract. https://bylinetimes.com/2020/04/22/palantir-coronavirus-contract-did-not-go-to-competitive-tender/
David Hencke reveals that the UK Government's COVID-19 contract with the data surveillance firm owned by Donald Trump-backer Peter Thiel was approved under an obscure statutory instrument.https://bylinetimes.com/2020/04/22/palantir-coronavirus-contract-did-not-go-to-competitive-tender/
Cambridge Analytica & Palantir collaborated, says @chrisinsilico. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/21/why-are-we-trusting-company-with-ties-ice-intelligence-agencies-collect-our-health-information/
Without adequate protections, we run the risk of massive, ongoing government surveillance of all Americans in the name of public health.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/21/why-are-we-trusting-company-with-ties-ice-intelligence-agencies-collect-our-health-information/
Their contract for a "Covid Data Store" permits processing data including:
mental health info
So what do we know about Palantir & it’s right-wing founder, Peter Thiel? https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kx4z8/revealed-this-is-palantirs-top-secret-user-manual-for-cops
Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals.https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kx4z8/revealed-this-is-palantirs-top-secret-user-manual-for-cops
White supremacist Curtis Yarvin wrote Peter Thiel is “fully enlightened, just plays it very carefully.”
Imagine what they could do with sensitive health data or even DNA mapping & genome sequencing for entire populations. https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/how-peter-thiels-palantir-helped-the-nsa-spy-on-the-whole-world/
Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal Palantir’s role in creating the U.S. government’s international spy machine.https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/how-peter-thiels-palantir-helped-the-nsa-spy-on-the-whole-world/
Palantir are reportedly only charging the UK govt £1 for the work which begs the question: "What are they getting out of it?"
The answer, no doubt, is data.
As James Watson, who discovered the structure of DNA said: Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars.
But who controls that fate?
In 2012, a US biotech firm paid $415 million for a company to get access to the genetic data of the entire population of Iceland where conditions for genetic research are ideal.
Today, @amnesty's @TanyaOCarroll reveals how - working with govts - Big Tech firms are using the #COVID19 crisis to obliterate a last frontier of our privacy: Our biological selves. https://www.newsweek.com/biological-privacy-big-tech-tracing-coronavirus-1517576
The urgency of tracking coronavirus carriers calls for relaxing rules on data privacy. But unless these changes are ringfenced for this emergency, every aspect of our physical lives could soon be...https://www.newsweek.com/biological-privacy-big-tech-tracing-coronavirus-1517576
But once "bio-invasive surveillance" becomes the new norm, our privacy will be entirely lost. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/07/will-the-coronavirus-pandemic-obliterate-a-last-frontier-in-our-privacy-our-biological-selves/
Will the coronavirus pandemic obliterate a last frontier in our privacy our biological selveshttps://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/07/will-the-coronavirus-pandemic-obliterate-a-last-frontier-in-our-privacy-our-biological-selves/
Legally, they cannot retain direct patient records, worth billions.
This helps explain why Palantir, are working for just £1.
But, it is not.
In April, it was reported that 50 million British-developed anti-body test kits had been ordered by the UK govt.
The test would be a "gamechanger" allowing people to test in of 15 minutes in from their own home.
50 million tests will be enough for every adult in the country.
Each test will have a barcode (QR code) that is scanned & uploaded to the NHSX platform.
"If we fail to protect our health data, we will be living with the consequences long after the pandemic is over."
The aspiration of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service is that “from 2020 & by 2025, genomic medicine will be an embedded part of routine care”. #COVID https://bylinetimes.com/2020/05/14/whitehall-analytica-the-ai-superstate-part-2-is-covid-19-fast-tracking-a-eugenics-inspired-genomics-programme-in-the-nhs/
Nafeez Ahmed explores the troubling implications and assumptions of the Government's AI-driven gene programmehttps://bylinetimes.com/2020/05/14/whitehall-analytica-the-ai-superstate-part-2-is-covid-19-fast-tracking-a-eugenics-inspired-genomics-programme-in-the-nhs/
Is this what is being echoed in the PM’s 3/2 “Britain as Superman” #GreenwichSpeech? https://twitter.com/StefSimanowitz/status/1279377528759685120
Last year, @amnesty warned the “surveillance-based business model” poses an unprecedented threat to human rights, forcing people to give up intimate data in order to access the benefits of the modern world. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/google-facebook-surveillance-privacy/
There needs to be a radical transformation of Facebook and Google's surveillance business model as it poses a systemic threat to human rights,https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/google-facebook-surveillance-privacy/
US govt have made much of their #COVID data inaccessible since HHS (health service) took over the CDC data
Palantir run HHS’s digital platform https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/7/16/21323458/palantir-ipo-hhs-protect-peter-thiel-cia-intelligence
@nytimes said it had alarmed health officials.
It should alarm us all!
Palantir are lobbing on the new Directorate of Tech which will be contained in the new NSF, registering $450k in lobbying ystdy https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/us-lawmakers-unveil-bold-100-billion-plan-remake-nsf
"Who knows what the next round will cost? Is this system really temporary or the start of something more permanent?" asks @cori_crider. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/it-started-as-1-now-its-1-million-wheres-the-mandate-for-letting-palantir-into-our-nhs/
Big Tech firms are getting their feet further under the NHS's table, with very little accountability.https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/it-started-as-1-now-its-1-million-wheres-the-mandate-for-letting-palantir-into-our-nhs/
An ambitious initiative to forecast demand on NHS services at both a local and national level is likely to outlive the coronavirus pandemic, according to two sources close to the project. The...https://tech.newstatesman.com/coronavirus/palantir-covid19-datastore-coronavirus
By awarding Palantir the initial contract without competitive tender, would make it easiler to grant a £1 million contract extension. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/peter-thiel-palantir-nhs-deal.html
Mercer & Bannon are the main kingpins behind Cambridge Analytica.
The NHS is perhaps the most trusted institution in the UK. In the US, the HHS commands high levels of respect.
Palantir & Faculty, not so much.
The name comes from Tolkien’s “palantíri”, magical orbs that allow the possessor to see anything happening in the world...like a "Super Forecaster". https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/06/11/peter-thiels-palantir-now-employs-more-people-in-london-than-it-does-in-silicon-valley-hq/#7413a81c44d5
Palantir, the controversial data mining firm cofounded by billionaire Peter Thiel, now employs more people in London than at its U.S. headquarters.https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/06/11/peter-thiels-palantir-now-employs-more-people-in-london-than-it-does-in-silicon-valley-hq/#7413a81c44d5
@AmnestyTech article in @ScotNational today. https://www.thenational.scot/news/18598817.covid-19-crisis-threaten-right-privacy/
Since then, Palantir has been in the news, with its announcement that it had filed to go public & with controversial developments around its multi-million $ #COVID19 work with the NHS in UK & the HHS in US.
Although the HHS has said the data will remain anonymous, @FaizaPatelBCJ of @BrennanCenter warns said data can be de-anonymized, too. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/palantir-s-pandemic-contracts-stir-concern-ahead-ipo-n1234537
They are rprtdly aiding national COVID responses in over a DOZEN countries, including Greece, Austria, Spain & Canada.
They also claim to be in talks with “several dozen” countries around the world.
This wouldn’t be the 1st time Palantir offered its services for free, e.g. in New Orleans, they deployed a predictive policing system that even city council members didn’t know about.
They had polled journalists, academics, advocates etc. & drew up a list of 30 companies.
#Palantir came fourth!
4. Palantir https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/evil-list-tech-companies-dangerous-amazon-facebook-google-palantir.amp#click=https://t.co/9Ee9myiyyH
I fear it is blowing up right now.
It finishes by saying: "The end goal should be... incorporating technical capabilities that can support responsible data handling policies.” https://www.palantir.com/pcl/
"Palantir HHS Protect Platform Services".
A search on "HHS Protect" shows one result (i.e. no one else worked it). Via @WendySiegelman
According to @ConMijente, in the 4 years since #PeterThiel helped Trump get elected, Palantir have received +$1bn in gov contracts
Sound familiar? https://twitter.com/StefSimanowitz/status/1286946529446699008
It won’t launch a traditional IPO (initial public offering) but will list directly on NY Exchange
IPOs typically involve selling shares via underwriters
In a direct listing, existing holders sell shares on the exchange https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2020/09/19/controversial-data-company-palantir-goes-public-ne/
The Peter Thiel-backed company that serves spy agencies, among other customers, isn't taking the normal route to go public.https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2020/09/19/controversial-data-company-palantir-goes-public-ne/
@profgalloway notes that 17 after it was set up “& after raising $3 billion, the #Palantir has never made money”.
#BioInvasiveSureveillanceCapitalism #PalantirIPO https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/technology/palantir-ipo-580-million-loss.html
#Palantir’s valuation could thus be well over $20 billion. #PalantirIPO https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/14/palantir-discloses-diluted-share-count-suggesting-higher-valuation.html
Palantir waited until its third updated prospectus to disclose a fully diluted share count, which lifts the valuation.https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/14/palantir-discloses-diluted-share-count-suggesting-higher-valuation.html