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dc.creatorArora, Nikhil
dc.creatorZinolabedini, Darius
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-13T17:40:55Z
dc.date.available2020-04-13T17:40:55Z
dc.date.issued2019-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/80574
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/7590
dc.descriptionThis paper evaluates the ethics behind the actions of Facebook leading up to and after the joint Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal that involved the 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. Facebook, Inc. is a massive tech conglomerate, most commonly known for its social media platform Facebook, as well as its ownership of Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp. Cambridge Analytica was a political consulting firm that specialized in leveraging data mining techniques in order to help their clients expand potential voter bases. The scandal involved Cambridge Analytica’s exploitation of the raw data of over 87 million Facebook profiles that Facebook negligently protected. The scandal occurred privately from 2013 to 2016, with news finally breaking to the public in March of 2018 when a former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, blew the whistle to the Guardian and the New York Times. This paper shows where the ethical breakdowns occured within Facebook and explores the company’s responsibility in relation to the scandal. Facebook repeatedly violated their own Code of Conduct and their own Data Policies when they became lax with the handling of user data in respect to 3rd parties. This scandal began a global discussion on protecting the public from the weaponization of private consumer data as well as exploring the need for potential regulations on Big Tech.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMcClune, Caitlin
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofStudent Worksen_US
dc.subjectFacebooken_US
dc.subjectCambridge Analyticaen_US
dc.subjectEthical Analysisen_US
dc.subjectData Scandalen_US
dc.subjectWriting Flag Awards
dc.titleThe Ethical Implications of the 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Data Scandalen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.departmentChemical Engineeringen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US


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