By Finn Raben
Over the weekend the New York Times and Observer newspapers reported that data mining and analysis company Cambridge Analytica, a company that had been employed with considerable success by Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential campaign, had illegally harvested 50 million Facebook profiles in order to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. The Observer reports that data was collected via a digital app on the Facebook platform where hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality test and agreed to have their data collected for academic use. However, the app also collected the information of the test-takers’ Facebook friends.
By Kyle Findlay
ESOMAR Big Data World took place in Brooklyn, New York at the end of November 2017. It was a relatively intimate affair as far as ESOMAR events go but it was filled with the right people.
Capital investment in market research and analytics is shrinking overall but two areas will push growth
By Simon Chadwick
2015 saw a substantial decline in inward capital investment in the market research and analytics industry, and inflows again decelerated considerably in 2016, according to the Cambiar Capital Funding Index (CCFI).