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Brittany Kaiser, former Cambridge Analytica director: 'I voted for Bernie'

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An exclusive interview with former Cambridge Analytica business development director Brittany Kaiser, who claims that the data analytics firm worked on a pro-Brexit campaign, despite chief executive Alexander Nix denying this to a parliamentary committee Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian Support the Guardian ► https://theguardian.com/supportus Sign up for the Guardian documentaries newsletter ► https://www.theguardian.com/info/2016/sep/02/sign-up-for-the-guardian-documentaries-update The Guardian ► https://www.theguardian.com Playlists: Guardian documentaries ► http://bit.ly/GDNdocs Guardian VR ► http://bit.ly/GDNVR Guardian Features ► http://bit.ly/GDNfeatures Anywhere but Westminster ► http://bit.ly/ABWseries Anywhere but Washington ► http://bit.ly/ABWUSseries Owen Jones meets ► http://bit.ly/CorbynJones Guardian Animations & Explanations ►http://is.gd/explainers The Guardian YouTube network: Guardian News ► http://is.gd/guardianwires Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Science and Tech ► http://is.gd/guardiantech Guardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsport Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture
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ashes2rose (11 months ago)
Oh wow. What Brittany kaiser said makes so much sense. We the people give away our personal information for free and organisations like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and others mint billions of dollars on it. It should be we should be paid part of the profit when they pass our data to those who seek. Will this be a awakening call for the peoples?
CharlieUniform NovemberTango (1 year ago)
One things for certain.. "she" defo has a penis
John Forbes (1 year ago)
Another resentful & bitter LIAR!
Novocastrian Winter (1 year ago)
Britanny is a man, look at that face and the voice too.
Patrician Cloud (1 year ago)
People might want to consider moving to independent private cloud providers like patriciancloud. The UK Government are always trying to dig up dirt on people
John Zee (1 year ago)
She was so upset. Wow. Was it thCA's refusal about her stipend? Is she bitter? Is this scum? or.. what.
mididoctors (1 year ago)
remorse... her currency is of no importance in of itself. only what she says is true or not matters.
Kelly Owens (1 year ago)
Didn't she cut her hair, dye it fussia, and testify in front of congress, in the US. The tricky trans, tricksters. KOut
Ikilleddave (1 year ago)
It's okay to be white.
Oddly Wired (1 year ago)
Good video
Simon Mitchell (1 year ago)
'[I'm a] very far-left human rights activities' - gimmie a break. You worked for them for 4 years and left cause they wouldn't pay more!
Bijou Smith (1 year ago)
Agree with +Leighton Cooke. But also, consider the ethical standards and personal integrity of most factory churned MBA's these days (or any days past really). Such spiritual attributes are almost non-existent in these graduates. I do not think it is even mildly satirical to suggest all MBA's be asked to sit through a few episodes of "The Good Place" and consider Chidi Anagonye and his "3600 page thesis", and consider why is acting with integrity and honesty and morality so hard, and can be satirized so easily on sitcoms? Arendt was so right about the banality of evil, and it can start so easily, almost innocently, by forgetting your own worth as a human being and submitting to working as a high paid wage slave for a greedy corporation.
frosty buckets (1 year ago)
The electorates college gave us Trump not analytics .. There is no democracy. Bernie being cheated was the last straw
Naw Hsi Hsi (1 year ago)
All plays
Andrew Raphael Lukasik (1 year ago)
It's strange that powerful white women think so little about themselves. Especially when in potential legal trouble.
Spartan Clipboard for Windows (1 year ago)
I see the Guardian has found another whinger!
Tertiary Adjunct (1 year ago)
stupid sensational click bait title.. the bernie thing is irrelevant to the larger point she's making about data monetization.
mediiskit (1 year ago)
Story gets faker day by day. If you look at these people faces, their gestures from of the camera you can guess which side they on. Does liberal establishment could not hire any actor who looks like at least conservative or nationalist
Julian Tanaka (1 year ago)
This guy sure hired a lot of freaks.
Joe Smith (1 year ago)
So all these data company employees are just mercenaries for hire. No political affiliation, no loyalty, no morals, no scruples, no conscience, no underlying philosophical view, just pure economic zombies.
Gman nubs (1 year ago)
I wonder how these INFORMATION LEECHES would feel about their personal info being uploaded to the internet so everyone could see it?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
bodgertime (1 year ago)
Farcebook stole my voodoo kush seed molecular composition data
A T (1 year ago)
She needs 24/7 security to protect her personal safety, I applaud her courage and integrity to conduct this interview
Ayub Khaled (1 year ago)
A T fuyciguu
AllNamesAreTaken (1 year ago)
If mining data became illegal in the UK, every advert agency in the UK would go bust overnight.
Futures (1 year ago)
that sentence about doing whatever the client wants regardless of your own values and ethics is party why we are in such a mess someone pays you to do something you just do it because this is how we have been educated and cultured
Futures (1 year ago)
he could have just asked where the public misled in the referendum the answer were politicians speaking through the favours of the rich?
Whats Up (1 year ago)
How does ANYONE have EVERYBODY's Best Interest at Heart.  Best interest as defined by Who?
Liam Dean (1 year ago)
drift researcher interior construct ban resume elect.
OhMaDayzz (1 year ago)
She looks very young to be in such a position.
Michael Zurkinden (1 year ago)
Hang on..... Putin isn't the CEO of Cambridge Analytica???
Michael Gfroerer (1 year ago)
I think she's not being completely honest.
John Otvos (1 year ago)
The fecesbook debacle is gangster capitalism in action, all out in the open with no scrutiny, oversight or penalties. Just like the banksters who caused the 2008 collapse and the CEO etc from Enron.I don't use a cell phone but today, The UK's Guardian reported that if you did, then Zucky has all your calls logged, the time, duration etc. Check it out for yourself. Do your own research. Sigh!
Read More (1 year ago)
She looks like a gypsy fortune teller with an American accent
Alba E (1 year ago)
This evil idiot deserves no sympathy
Matt Deacalion Stevens (1 year ago)
It's unsettling how people can operate with a fragmented brain. Where is your conscience? I'm sure most Nazi's had the same excuse, "I'm just doing my job".
fnikitathomas (1 year ago)
Amoral tw*t...
lissa leggs (1 year ago)
Thanks for giving us a moron as POTUS you idiot..
justgivemethetruth (1 year ago)
Respect to the Guardian for what is another great job in reporting. This tells us that money, and in particular corporate and right-wing money is a toxic corrupting influence that has broken our society ... and our people to when we see flakes like this poor lady who doesn't realize what she is even doing and cloaks it under the term professionalism. Might as well call whoring professionalism.
justgivemethetruth (1 year ago)
Build a society that breaks people apart, and then use them against other people ... what a flake.
usu15550 (1 year ago)
"I am not that interested in standing up for powerful white men anymore" - well, you are pretty much helping the powerful white men - not that smart - is it? Well, a director title in your 20's alone doesn't make one smart.
Seudon Amous (1 year ago)
I wont stand up for white men for what i helped do but i voted for Bernie ,., Seems like she is a paid whore trying to make people resent Bernie to me.
hardrays (1 year ago)
here, putin is whistleblowing on his own work knowing most of us wont believe so. putin., worlds most effective troll. ever.
s h a d ø w b a n n e d (1 year ago)
Was this millions of dollars of free money in exchange for vaporware or was this legitimately hard work that stats can prove made an impact? Cause I'm seeing a lot scratching the surface but no hard evidence or explaining tactics, methods, legitimate actions. Lastly, I am glad she came forward. However all that juicy data that could prove anything has been destroyed. It's like, 2 years too late. Why haven't they been under surveillance this entire time? Hit Mercer.
valcarni1 (1 year ago)
She looks quite white too me. So I wonder what her issue with while men is?
metube (1 year ago)
why isnt anyone developing non-exploitative alternatives to facebook and google?
E.A. Hawley (1 year ago)
Trump stole the presidency.
Abdel Hassan (1 year ago)
I'm monetizing my data from now on 100 bucks anyone? XD
GorillaPhysics - Grade 9 and A* Physics (1 year ago)
Thanks Brittles, tell us all more please! 🙂
King Malone (1 year ago)
post the full interview
Balazs Pk (1 year ago)
an overweight lady trying to catch attention
Michael Zimmermann (1 year ago)
Completely agree with her.
Brandon Moore (1 year ago)
sourav iswarari (1 year ago)
Robert (1 year ago)
Feel the Bern!
Peter Fox (1 year ago)
The world we live in is beyond repair ... this is more than f*cked up ... This is stupidity on steroids!!!
Peter Fox (1 year ago)
All of the people who work in such kinds of firms belong into jail - FOR A VERY LONG TIME! ASWELL AS ALL OF THE CLIENTS! Holy F*ck! This is not even questionable if this is against the law. I cannot believe that this exists. Why are these firms and clients not ALL behind bars already ??!!
HiSomebody TrackingMuch? (1 year ago)
Russia used Bernie & his followers, to throw the election to tRump
Mike C (1 year ago)
move to Russia you Socialist
MA GA (1 year ago)
bernie got cheated by dnc and its russias fault
Saved by Grace (1 year ago)
Should it be illegal for Republicans to use new media like Democrats do?
Shrugs Haru (1 year ago)
when this company was doing well, she was happy to be business director cashing those checks, but now that everyone in this company is going to jail all of a sudden it was all the "powerful white men" who are to blame. how convenient.
Kosh Naranek (1 year ago)
This is SOOOOO bizarre. They where working for the Mercers. They where both FINE when this was a white nationalist cause. So why are they coming out now? Are they afraid of the FBI? How do you go from working with Amnesty international, to working to install probably it's greatest most damaging enemy? I mean this is insane. She was a far left person BEFORE being hired by CA. Then learns whom she is helping get elected....and STAYS? It's madness.
Ricardo Guanipa (1 year ago)
She looks like that one kid from Stranger Things, you know which one
evil ed (4 days ago)
she sounds like him too 😂
Lawrence Chen (1 year ago)
How does one go from working for Amnesty International to working for Cambridge Analytica?
CharlieUniform NovemberTango (1 year ago)
Perhaps those organizations share more similarities than you initially assumed
The Rambler (1 year ago)
The only reason Cambridge Analytica are in so much trouble is because they helped the trump campaign. None of this would be an issue if they did it for Obama in 2012.
btc coins (1 year ago)
be involve in crytocurrency. there are numerous coin that focus on privacy. Just like Pillar and other coins
it takes one to know one (1 year ago)
you are about as far-left as door mat.
BelovedRock (1 year ago)
By definition, if you dismiss someone based on their sex or their race, you are being sexist and racist. Bernie Sanders is arguably a powerful white man. And if I were an American, I would have voted for him, despite this, uh, shortcoming. Now, having said the above, I found Brittany Kaiser to be very interesting and would like to hear a long form, more detailed interview about her work and how she thinks it affects us.
Obi Kenobi (1 year ago)
The only thing gone wrong at Cambridge Analytica is human resource
pandaman (1 year ago)
This is all just Cambridge Analytica’s way to control the PR surrounding their unethical actions. None of the arguments made by Cambridge Analytica’s arguments have been substantiated by the Guardian. Keep your eyes open.
Abdulai Bah (1 year ago)
Democracy is on life support.
Abdulai Bah (1 year ago)
Ha! Funny man.
Joe Smith (1 year ago)
Democracy died in 1963 with the JFK assassination. Why are you still clinging to its dead corpse?
RR (1 year ago)
Obama did this.. Revolutionary.. others do it.. Racism.. Obama bombs libya . Silence.. Others bomb syria.. cry from rooftop
Peter Holland (1 year ago)
You would have to be naive to think FB wouldn't sell as much user info as possible,enabling the abuse by tepid responses to these data mine companies breach of personal user data.The FB business model is based in user data for sale.There are hundreds more Cambridge Analytica type companies most likely.
cloudofthought (1 year ago)
Getting paid the big bucks to help wage psychological warfare, on behalf of billionaires, against lower and middle class voters to undermine democratic institutions globally? Bridge your cognitive dissonance with "professionalism." The business persons "I was following orders."
Seoul Man (1 year ago)
there's nobody on the planet that didn't about FB already...nothing burger.
level (1 year ago)
a leftist to the core "I am a libertarian" raise money for Hillary toward the end
tiggereds malabar (1 year ago)
Globalist agent of chaos.
Anton Shmerkin (1 year ago)
Wow, if she Max Kaiser's daughter?! They look so much alike!!!))
Mental Inlander (1 year ago)
KGB will hire her
Darren Clapson (1 year ago)
I hope we continue to chase the rabbit down the hole. Don't just stop with Brexit and Trump - go further back to Hillary and Obama too. Facebook COO vowed to help Hillary all she could remember? All sides of the spectrum were exploiting the data FB provided to them. Pox on all their houses.
boowonder888 (1 year ago)
So she sold out all of her values for a job with snakes. She is complicit.
Matthew Oh (1 year ago)
She seems to have this air of arrogance thinking she is a big deal. She is nobody and that title director has that grandeur of aurora around it but she was just an employee who was on a payroll by a shady company
internet champ (1 year ago)
Man, there were some real morons who worked for this company. It's amazing they got so much done.
ace ventura (1 year ago)
So they didnt pay her enough. Amd ahe bolts and rats then... Now... Lol bitchrat
Dani (1 year ago)
"I'm not that interested in standing up for powerful white men..." How was she standing up for white men? Cambridge Analytica was simply her job. She was making money for herself. She's making it look like she was doing her job for white men. She did so for herself. She chose that job herself.
Dani (1 year ago)
i know right? nothing about her person has changed. it's been me me me all along. she's a phony drama queen.
Brian Gray (1 year ago)
Wow, I had no idea how far we've come with communicating with Saint bernards
Georgina Paul (1 year ago)
"always been a far left human rights activists" .... yet was a top executive for a company whose basic premise was mass manipulation ...... honest to God .... a person couldn't make up these people ....
Georgina Paul (1 year ago)
Wamuyu Gatheru .... I disagree. Political positions are the expression of a person's values in the political sphere. Two things are operating with this young woman. Or, rather, not operating. For starters, she is not owning her role in mass manipulation. And her actions, her role, in mass manipulation put lie to her self description of someone who values human rights. In short, this young woman has no idea of who or what she is and this absence of self awareness bleeds into an absence of ownership. Intellectually and emotionally, everything is under control. But in a very real soul, spiritual sense, no one's home.
Obi Kenobi (1 year ago)
this woman is an opportunist. Some leftist grabbing het 5 minutes of fame. I wouldn't hire these kind of people. Is she related to Steve Bannon somehow?
Abdulai Bah (1 year ago)
Georgina Paul 😂
Wamuyu Gatheru (1 year ago)
Georgina Paul shows that political positions and values are different things
Leighton Cooke (1 year ago)
Perhaps we should give Brittany a little more credit than some of the comments here. She has spoken out at a critical juncture in the investigation, Every bit helps to expose the truth.
Mark Al_Cobia (1 year ago)
they need to create noise
AllNamesAreTaken (1 year ago)
Why do I get the feeling that if the result had turned out to be different, she wouldn't of said anything. She admits that she is far left etc. No political bias there then eh? yea right. And before anyone jumps on my back, I am not American, I never gave two fucks who won the election. If you can take an objective view and read between the lines, this has sour grapes written all over it (same with the other so-called whistle blowers). They could of spoke out sooner but they didn't, I wonder why. Give it time, in a years time, those who struggle to accept a result will find something else to bang on about as if it makes any difference.
jannmutube (1 year ago)
It's just as likely, she's justifying the methods and what they did by pointing to Obama but the data grab didn't happen until 2015. Alexander Nix said information didn't have to be true, just believable. That means Brittany, like other members of Cambridge Analytica, had no problem promoting disinformation. From the libertarian perspective, professionalism requires no moral center, value is measured only by money. That's seriously disturbing. Alternative facts are lies and false perceptions are not reality.
anchorbuildings (1 year ago)
minceyjs they’re a lot more than a data mining company. Obama did nothing like they did.
dntwantgglplus (1 year ago)
"Powerful, white men" Good old fashioned identity politics. Might as well lead off the interview with cancer.
Ayub Khaled (1 year ago)
morgengabe1 (1 year ago)
First thing she does is blame it on white men... For fucks sake, you were their director
chesshooligan 1 (1 year ago)
morgengabe1 "First thing she does is blame it on white men..." Yeah, that's the kind of stuff you would expect to find in Salon or The Guard... oh, wait!
morgengabe1 (1 year ago)
Kbax Bax it means that she played a central role in organizing projects and outreach. She knew exactly what she was doing for a living and the people she was working with. She said it herself, she's a professional. Serve anyone so long as they've got the 💰
Kbax Bax (1 year ago)
Former business development director...This means she would not be those mens' superior....And don't be telling people to shut up... grow up!
morgengabe1 (1 year ago)
She was very clear about her duties in the company. You don't have an argument here so, please, just shut up.
Kbax Bax (1 year ago)
Development director not CEO
j goshchuk (1 year ago)
Shes just as guilty as the rest..
Christopher Amoros (1 year ago)
These interviews can only be described using one word, or acronym (if you choose to use it in the context of the song) B A N A N A S
Wamuyu Gatheru (1 year ago)
Christopher Amoros you are so right! My head is spinning in the contradictions and impact of these dark arts
Robert Schrader (1 year ago)
Bernie Sanders is at the center of all this. You got played!
sheMan32 (1 year ago)
lmao shut up
IGotAlotOfSocks (1 year ago)
Stndsure (1 year ago)
They say nothing until they leave - I was just following z-orders!
April Battern (1 year ago)
Voted for Bernie AND worked for Cambridge analytica? She is a huge part of the problem.
April Battern (1 year ago)
JonnyNice I work for myself. I choose not to participate in the evil.
JonnyNice (1 year ago)
Literally almost everyone works for either an evil corporation or an evil government. How is she special?
Katharine Santana (1 year ago)
Liberalism find a cure 🎗
UNSKIALzPSN (1 year ago)
Intro was a bit racist
ace ventura (1 year ago)
UNSKIALzPSN is it keeping you down lol
Alejandra Garcia (1 year ago)
What I love is how a "public consensus" is being created giving the illusion that fb users are partially to blame. There is a difference between being careless with your data and being lied and manipulated to gain access to your data...and then using the collected information to further lie and manipulate. Fb users need to care for their data but being careful is gonna shelter you so far from crooks.
Obi Kenobi (1 year ago)
we all know our data is sold to companies. there is nothing new here. the only result of this is that facebook will be able to charge more for this data.
DeusShaggy (1 year ago)
Brittany Kaiser is a SELLOUT! Burn her with ALL the other crooks!