Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks

20th March 2018

Last night (19th March 2018) Channel 4 News aired part two of its investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which featured undercover footage of senior executives talking of using spies, sex workers, stings and bribes:

Channel 4 News – Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to trap politicians

This is a significant piece of public interest journalism, which has resulted in major developments. See, for example:

Sky News – Facebook value plunges $37bn amid data concerns

The Guardian – ‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

Part three will air tonight – Tuesday 20th March 2018.

(Louis CharalambousJeffrey Smele and James Theaker from our Media Disputes team have represented ITN, which produces Channel 4 News)