The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

What a stunning read this is. Hat-tip to Steph for finding it. It explains how a company, called Cambridge Analytica, are using pyschometrics to profile and target millions of people around the world (based on personal data that’s been accrued directly or indirectly through profiling). A choice quote:

on the map, there are hundreds of thousands of small red and blue dots. Nix narrows down the criteria: “Republicans”—the blue dots disappear; “not yet convinced”—more dots disappear; “male”, and so on. Finally, only one name remains, including age, address, interests, personality and political inclination.

Read it. It’s why the world feels like it’s upside down.

Heartbreak

Heartbreak

Back in September, as part of Dublin Fringe, I saw THISISPOPBABY‘s RIOT. A crazy mix of wild theatre, banging tunes, slapstick comedy and circus. In amongst it was Heartbreak. A spoken word piece by Emmett Kirwan that gave me goosebumps. Addressing the lack of bodily autonomy for women in Ireland, it was an electrifying piece. I left wondering if he’d film it for a wider audience but thought it was part of a whole so they may not want to do that. Months later and it’s been given a stunning video by director Dave Tynan with performances by Jordanne Jones & Deirdre Molloy. Watch.