Over the weekend, violence broke out in France, with more than 280,000 protesters fanning out across the country in what is known as the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement. What started as a reaction against a hike in the country’s gasoline tax has metastasized into something uglier. More than 400 people have been injured across some 2,000 rallies, and one person was killed after being run over by a car. In CityLab, Feargus O’Sullivan attempts to describe a rather amorphous protest: Unusually, the Yellow Vests is a grassroots mass protest movement with no explicit wider political agenda or links to existing groups. Having organized themselves via social media since May (when the movement was sparked by an online petition), the Yellow Vests have arrived somewhat out of the blue. There is also no clear media consensus as to what they are protesting beyond the cost of gas. To some observers, the protesters are primarily angry about what they see as President Emmanuel … [Read more...] about How Facebook Groups sparked a crisis in France
On August 1, 2018, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a public hearing asking experts to testify on how foreign actors have used—and are using—social media to meddle in the American political process. The question of whether Russian entities interfered in American politics was not up for debate; that has already been firmly established. There was also no question about whether Russian influence operations are ongoing across social platforms: they are. Just 24 hours before the hearing, Facebook announced it had found numerous fake Pages masquerading as left-wing activists. Rather, the committee wanted researchers to state, on the record, facts that concretely establish what was learned about social media influence operations prior to, during, and following, the 2016 presidential election. They also wanted to know, how do we prevent this from happening again? Five experts testified, including me. Our findings were unanimous: these operations are ongoing and the … [Read more...] about The Information War Is On. Are We Ready For It?
Daniel Brown, provided by Published 1:39 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018 Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with an emissary for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE who wanted to help the Trump team three months before the 2016 presidential election. It's the first sign that another country other than Russia offered the Trump campaign help. An Israeli social media strategists proposed waging a large social media manipulation campaign in favor of the Trump team, but it's unknown if it was ever carried out. Donald Trump Jr. met with an emissary for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE three months before the 2016 presidential election in the first sign that a country other than Russia offered the Trump campaign help, according to a new report from The New York Times. Recommended Video: Now Playing: A round table discussion in Paris on Middle Eastern security has seen a speech by the commander-in-chief of the Saudi-led coalition … [Read more...] about Trump Jr. reportedly met with an emissary for Saudi Arabia and the UAE who offered to help Trump with the 2016 election
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2018--Cuebiq, a leader in offline location intelligence, today announced that is has secured $27 million in Series B financing co-led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments (PSI), Nasdaq Ventures, DRW Venture Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners and existing investors Tribeca Angels and TLcom Capital.In connection with the financing, Brian Hirsch, co-founder and Managing Partner at Tribeca Venture Partners, and Marco DeMeireles, Head of Private Investments at Balyasny Asset Management, have joined Cuebiq’s board of directors.The company has driven significant product innovation resulting in a 3.2x YoY increase in revenue and a 2.4x YoY growth in its customer base. Over 1,300 companies and brands across a variety of verticals use Cuebiq solutions to access and tailor insights to their needs in unprecedented ways. This financing will support further product development, help expand global operations and advance data privacy initiatives … [Read more...] about Cuebiq Raises $27 Million In Growth Capital
RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2018--LookingGlass™ Cyber Solutions, a leader in threat intelligence-driven security, today announced its acquisition of Sentinel™, a threat intelligence platform developed by global investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs.LookingGlass has been a long-term threat intelligence vendor to Goldman Sachs, a relationship that facilitated LookingGlass’ acquisition of Sentinel and fulfills Goldman Sachs’ vision to expand the platform to the broader financial services industry and beyond. Under the terms of the acquisition, LookingGlass will further develop and commercialize the technology behind Sentinel. Goldman Sachs also becomes a strategic investor in LookingGlass, with Rana Yared, Managing Director in the Principal Strategic Investments (PSI) group at Goldman Sachs, joining LookingGlass’ board of directors.Built by Goldman Sachs engineers, Sentinel served as the firm’s in-house Security Information and … [Read more...] about LookingGlass Cyber Solutions Announces Acquisition of Goldman Sachs’ Threat Intelligence Platform