Election Fraud 2020

The DailyGasLamp’s most popular post is Election Fraud 2019 written soon after the UK General Election in December 2019. Well, get ready for more Election Fraud in 2020 in the USA Presidential Elections. It happened in 2016, do you think it has got any better since then?

GE2019

Recap of GE2019. In the UK…

  • Boris Johnson was leading a minority government but did not seek any compromise.
  • The election campaigning focused down onto just three words “Get Brexit Down”. (To be fair, Johnson also mentioned “Our Fabulous NHS” too but without any consistent detail behind the phrase).
  • Dominic Cummings was the mastermind behind the Conservative Election strategy. He was familar enough with Cambridge Analytica’s method of Big Data analysis and AI to rig elections via social media to create his Voter Intentions Collection Systems (VICS) which was used successfully for the EU Referendum in 2016.
  • Key to the Cummings approach is having better knowledge of the Voter Intentions and the state of the electoral roll. The electoral roll was being “updated” during the course of the election campaign thus providing plenty of scope for voter suppression especially vote suppression of postal votes. Who are more likely to be suppressed: young adults, renters, mobile workers, migrants… the very people who would likely not to be voting Conservative. All this knowledge is known as “Situational Awareness”.
  • Cummings was able to predict in November, an 80 seat majority for the Consevatives. After a dreadful campaign where Johnson was boo-ed, did little camapigning on the streets, not bothering to address key issues such as Climate Change, corruption in government (Russia Report, Arcuri scandall) etc, with other polls shifting wildly, they won with exactly an 80 seat majority.
  • They was no-one celebrating the victory on the streets. It was a shock win! There were a few protests but nothing of the scale of Belarus popular revolt. After all, most people still believe the BBC, despite its unprecedently biased coverage of the election.

GE2020

There is a right wing atlantic cabal. What happens state-side happens in the UK and vice versa. So 2020 is the US presidential election, and according to to Salon and Greg Plast (in his new book “How Trump Stole 2020”, written as a warning rather than a prediction), Donald Trump is planning fraud to secure his 2020 re-election. The main tactic is voter suppression. He has already been doing this for a while… consider the following:

Video here…

For those who don’t get it, here’s what will happen on election night. Due to the fact that millions have already been purged from the rolls & that the USPS is being undermined, there will be mass chaos as to what the real vote is. Trump will declare victory no matter what…

Lee Camp

One Rule for the Rich

… is to get rich quick.

Following on from Dominic Cummings blatant disregard for the lockdown rules imposed by this Tory Government that he engineered a fraudlent win last December, it has emerged from the Bureau of Investigation conflicts of interest between Cummings and the AI Health firms receiving government cash.

It reports

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most senior aide, is facing conflict of interest accusations over a publicly undisclosed consultancy job at a healthcare start-up endorsed by the government and in pole position to receive cash from a £250m NHS fund.

Cummings advised Babylon Health, a controversial AI start-up, on its communications strategy and senior recruitment just months before its “GP at Hand” app was publicly backed by Matt Hancock, the health secretary…

“The links between Dominic Cummings in the heart of Downing Street, the health secretary and this AI health firm are increasingly murky and highly irresponsible,” the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said. “Mr Cummings’ work for this company raises serious questions about a potential conflict of interest given the firm could be in line to receive public money from this new £250m AI fund… Cummings should come clean on any other consultancy work he did before entering Downing Street so the public can have confidence that there are no other conflict of interest issues at play.”

Babylon confirmed Cummings was paid via his company, Dynamic Maps Ltd, which he set up in October 2017 as the sole director…

Babylon had been repeatedly boosted by Matt Hancock, who even promised to help change rules to benefit the company. At his visit to the company in September 2018, soon after his appointment as health secretary, he told staff how much he admired their work.

Bureau of Investigation

Big Data and Privacy Concerns

Under a recent relaxation of data-sharing restrictions, private companies can now be granted access to NHS patient data for valid Covid-19 purposes.

One company to note is Palantir. It has been accused of having its data-mining technology used for questionable purposes. Examples include a system used by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to separate immigrant families and the use of its software in predictive policing tools by the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2018, Palantir admitted that an employee had helped Cambridge Analytica build its data-harvesting app in 2013-14…

Previously confidential NHS data could not be put under the control of anyone who was not a healthcare professional without a legal basis.

Doubts are growing about what happens once the coronavirus crisis is over. One insider told the Bureau: “I can understand why they are using Palantir, it has incredible software.” But they said they were concerned that the company was not known for being the most open and added: “I’d like to see it build a parallel system – so [the Palantir system] can get switched off when it is not needed anymore.”

Natalie Banner, lead on the Understanding Patient Data programme at the medical research charity Wellcome, said that the public do not object to private companies working with the health service as long as benefits to patients and the NHS are clearly prioritised. “The NHS can benefit from the capacity and technical expertise of technology companies, for example to build the data store,” she said.

Crucially, technology companies that work with the NHS during this crisis will develop a better understanding of the UK’s health data infrastructure, “which could give them an advantage in future discussions about providing services to the NHS”.

Rachel Coldicutt, former chief executive of the technology ethics think tank Doteveryone, said that: “Public services, funded by public money, must be open to public scrutiny – especially in times of great upheaval when lots of decisions are being made very quickly.

“Publishing the specification that Palantir is working to and appointing an emergency governance committee to give external oversight would help maintain trust in this volatile period.”

According to Wired, some 40 tech companies were present at a meeting with No 10 advisor Dominic Cummings in Downing Street on 12 March. Among their ranks were said to be several who have got the Covid-related health contracts, as well as the AI start-up Babylon Health.

Big Data and Covid-19

Big Data systems fed from the government’s new tracking app would definitely help track, manage and contain the Covid-19 pandemic. If Dominic Cummings had that idea then all credit to him. Cummings has for years maintained a blog documenting his enthusiasm for new technologies and artificial intelligence, as reported on the DailyGasLamp. However, with the introduction a new smart phone tracking app, there are two small problems:

Cronyism

Taken from this Guardian Article: One of the IT companies that was hired to work with Dominic Cummings on the Vote Leave campaign, Faculty aka Faculty Science, previous called Advanced Skills Initiative, has been awarded at least seven government contracts worth almost £1m in the space of 18 months.

  • Faculty has links to senior Tory figures, and is rapidly expanding its reach into various corners of Whitehall.
  • Last year it was tasked with finding ways to apply artificial intelligence across government agencies. Faculty is run by Marc Warner, who has attended a meeting of the government’s scientific advisory group on emergencies (SAGE) and “behaved as Cummings’ deputy” as disclosed in an article in the Times.
  • Marc Warner’s brother, Ben Warner, is a data scientist, was reportedly recruited to Downing Street last year by Cummings after running the data modelling for the Conservative party’s general election campaign. Ben Warner worked on Vote Leave.
  • Faculty is working at the heart of the government’s response to the pandemic. It has been processing large volumes of confidential UK patient information in an “unprecedented” data-mining operation alongside Palantir, a US firm founded by the libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel. Faculty’s government work with Palantir on Covid-19 is based out of NHSX, the digital technology arm of the health service. This work was awarded to Faculty in March under the government’s fast-track procedures to respond to the pandemic, without any other firms being asked to bid for it.
  • Faculty’s work on the coronavirus response is only the latest government project it has secured under the Conservative administration. One early contract when called Advanced Skills Initiative, was for £32,000, funded fellowships in 2018 to place data scientists in city governments to help solve local challenges.
  • Last year Faculty was awarded a £250,000 contract from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to run a cross-government review on the adoption of artificial intelligence.
  • Under the contract, Faculty worked with two government departments – the Office for Artificial Intelligence and Government Digital Service (GDS) – “to identify the most significant opportunities to introduce AI across government with the aim of increasing productivity and improving the quality of public services”.
  • Faculty has been awarded a £264,000 contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on industry. (The DailyGasLamp analysis btw is free).
  • One of Faculty’s shareholders is Lord Agnew, a financier who has been a government minister since 2017. He has owned shares in the firm for the past four years. They are worth around £90,000, according to its most recent filings. In February this year it was announced that Agnew had become a minister in the Cabinet Office and Treasury and had taken ministerial responsibility for the GDS, which works with official bodies to use digital technology to improve public services. A government spokesperson said Agnew had had no role in awarding any contracts to Faculty while he had been a minister. However, Spotlight on Corruption, a watchdog group, has called on Agnew to sell his shareholding in Faculty, saying it raised questions over the government’s rules on managing conflicts of interests.

So just to reiterate, a Cabinet Office minister, Theodore Agnew, who is responsible for the government department that promotes the use of digital technology within public services, is resisting calls to sell a £90,000 shareholding in the company “amid claims of a conflict of interest” – yes, clear conflicts of interest are just “claims of a conflict of interest”. Hmm.

The government spokesperson replied that Agnew had followed the appropriate procedures by declaring his shareholding in House of Lords register of interests and under the ministerial code of conduct etc.

Holly Searle, Faculty’s head of PR and communications, said: “Faculty has strong governance procedures in place to guard against conflicts of interest when competing for new work. All of its contracts with the government are won through the proper processes and in line with procurement rules.”

In the meantime, some people are getting worried that the UK Government has handed over ALL NHS DATA to a consortium of companies which consists of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Faculty and Plantir Technologies (a company named after an evil artefact that comminicates with far away places). So much so they are planning on sueing the UK Government.

Dominic Cummings has also been accused of conflicts of interest regarding the smart phone tracking app.

End of Democracy

This is a bit like who guards the guardians. There is no oversight either from crony corruption or it seems, the misuse of data. The control on data controllers should be applied by the Information Commisioner Office – see https://ico.org.uk/ – as discussed previously on the DailyGasLamp.

The privacy concerns have been highlighted by 177 cyber experts. They have written an open letter to the goverment to stop the app being used as a mass-surveillance tool. Why?

  • The UK government stated that it would not use Apple and Google’s built-in privacy protection systems to anonymise data collected from apps on iPhone and Android smartphones.
  • This allows the government to create a database that could then be used to de-anonymize users, and just like Cambridge Analystica and other AI/Big Data companies have proven, be used for other purposes.

And sure enough security concerns have now developed into security flaws.

Also discussed before on the DailyGasLamp, the “exhaust” from Covid-19 would be a significant boost to Dominic Cummings’ Voter Intention Collection System… no need to worry about going to the polls, there would be instant analysis of whether the Government Response to the pandemic is working… not working for you, but working for THEM… whether they and their cronies need to worry “politically” about any the decisions that are killing off the old and disabled. Big Data in the hands of this particular government means the End of Democracy, as explained here. Probably the end of many other things too (depending on your attiritude to spooks!).

This is further described in a tweet from Carol Cadwalladr – linking terrorist surveillance and covid with the support Dominic Cummings and his chums…

Ultimately it is supposed to be the 4th Estate to keep the Government in check. The BBC is merely the Ministry of Truth. The newspapers are owned by billionaires. Social media is now corrupt. Suggestions on a postcard, please… (PS you cannot rely solely on Piers Morgan for all 4th Estate watch-dogging.)

Summary: the new smart phone app and the way it is likely to be applied, will be not only be measuring the spread of the virus but also (via Big Data) the political impact: the public reaction to the covid-19 response, allowing the Tories to persue the cheapest, eugenics-like policies at a level which will not remove them power.

Control the Message

Old style mainstream media was out in force against Labour in GE2019 according to this article. It claims that the Mainstream Media was “Rigged” against Labour and for the Conservatives. But most people already know that the newspapers are owned by billionaires and are right wing. GE2019 was different becuase it was not just the newspapers but bias within the BBC, and TV in general, and also – probably for the first time – online through both search engine manipulation effect (SEME) and social media gaslighting. Not just Big Data analytics either…

Beyond SEME, is the use of intelligent Bot systems (where developers actually get help and support from the bot technology that they are using!)…

This seems to be a key tool in automating the Conservative GE2019 campaign, to control the message. How many people were fooled by disinformation, controlled messages, the dopamine hit of a “like” to right wing comment from a bot, or an AI message from a new “friend” that appeared to be taking interest in their opinions?

Botpress has a nice graphic interface and the developers get support from the bot, giving friendly advice on how to achieve particular goals. It can even autocomplete various functions. Botpress, or similar tools from Google or Pandora, adds more detail to the description in an earlier DailyGasLamp article here. In that article it described bots and sock puppets. Botpress would be the Bot component (while a “sock puppet” is just a person with multiple identities).

Interestingly, these systems are used by some major, major companies that supply the UK government with their systems… so this type of technology would be known to Dominic Cummings who from his blog post seems to have quite an interest in the subject.

Botpress also comes with a facebook connector (info here). How to use this tool is described here… the peak downloads for this software was June 2019 – plenty of time to ramp up development for GE2019. Botpress capabilities vs competiting products is described here.

The set up and running of this technology requires a huge amount of capital intensive investment – the rich are organised “few” – the 1%, less than 0.01% actually – and they outgun the poor, the disorganised “many”. So democracy is now a hidden war between people-powered electioneering (“the people”) against a limitless army of hidden robots controlled and funded by a few billionaires. Democracy vs oligarchy – we currently have the latter…