Fintan O’Toole: The DUP’s Cambridge Analytica link
Before the Brexit vote back in 2016 the party hired the firm’s AggregateIQ stablemate
Dark web: Cambridge Analytica is controlled by a key funder of the hard right in US politics, the billionaire Robert Mercer, who also owns AggregateIQ’s intellectual property. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
It says much for the effects of partition that one of the questions floating around this week has been whether the kind of data mining exposed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal could ever affect Irish politics. The answer should be obvious: it already has.
We know that one of the major parties on the island, the Democratic Unionist Party, is deeply enmeshed in the Cambridge Analytica nexus. What we do not know is whether the party can disentangle itself from that dark web.