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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 14
Replying to @NafeezAhmed
25/. As notes, the role of genetics in disease is becoming an ever greater focus for the govt. The aspiration of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service is that “from 2020 & by 2025, genomic medicine will be an embedded part of routine care”.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 15
Replying to @peterjukes
26/. “Cummings is an enthusiast for big tech, AI, ‘evolutionary economists’ & some of the more extreme genetic determinists associated with the ‘Bay Area Rationalists’ – a group of right-wing ‘techno libertarians’ that include Peter Thiel” says
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 15
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
27/. In his Feb 2019 blog, Cummings seems to view the NHS genomics prediction programme as a mechanism to provide Britain with “natural advantages” over other countries. Is this what is being echoed in the PM’s 3/2 “Britain as Superman” ?
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 15
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
28/. The 2014 book Genes, Cells & Brains, talks about "the mushroom-like growth of trans-humanist institutes & research programs, financed by 'visionary philanthropists' dreaming of a positive eugenics for the 21st century. Among the most prominent is SENS funded by Peter Thiel.”
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 16
Replying to @BorisJohnson
29/ "In March, held a meeting with big tech firms & healthcare players. He then granted access to millions of UK health data records to Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Palantir to build a COVID datastore aggregating data, including testing data."
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 16
Replying to @amnesty
30/. "Bio-invasive surveillance capitalism" (©) Last year, warned the “surveillance-based business model” poses an unprecedented threat to human rights, forcing people to give up intimate data in order to access the benefits of the modern world.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
31/. UK govt stopped giving out data on numbers tested almost 2 months ago. Palantir run NHS’s digital platform US govt have made much of their data inaccessible since HHS (health service) took over the CDC data Palantir run HHS’s digital platform
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @nytimes
32/. Last week the Trump admin ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC & send key information to a Washington database run by the shadowy surveillance company, Palantir said it had alarmed health officials. It should alarm us all!
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
33/ Just as Cummings is determined bring science closer to govt, the US's National Science Foundation (NSF) is getting a remake Palantir are lobbing on the new Directorate of Tech which will be contained in the new NSF, registering $450k in lobbying ystdy
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @cori_crider
34/. In the UK, the NHSX contract that was paid £1 for, has leapt to £1 million for a four-month extension! "Who knows what the next round will cost? Is this system really temporary or the start of something more permanent?" asks .
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Stefan Simanowitz
35/. A source close to the NHSX project - being done alongside the AI company that worked on Vote Leave - told 's that would be well placed to continue providing the service after the coronavirus outbreak ends.
An ambitious initiative to forecast demand on NHS services at both a local and national level is likely to outlive the coronavirus pandemic, according to two sources close to the project. The...
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
36/. As well as being central to the , the also overlaps with the . By awarding Palantir the initial contract without competitive tender, would make it easiler to grant a £1 million contract extension.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 20
Replying to @moiragweigel
37/. Writing this month, notes that Palantir's co-founder, Peter Thiel, "donated $1m to the Defeat Crooked Hillary campaign backed by Robert Mercer & overseen by Steve Bannon. Mercer & Bannon are the main kingpins behind Cambridge Analytica.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 21
Replying to @amnesty
38/. Last week, wrote how “people need to be able to trust that when they take a COVID19 test, that their data is protected." The NHS is perhaps the most trusted institution in the UK. In the US, the HHS commands high levels of respect. Palantir & Faculty, not so much.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 21
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
39/. In 2019, Palantir was employing 550 staff in its London office: more than in its US headquarters. The name comes from Tolkien’s “palantíri”, magical orbs that allow the possessor to see anything happening in the world...like a "Super Forecaster".
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 22
40/. "Data protection might not feel like a priority in a crisis, but we will be living with the consequences long after the pandemic is over if we fail to draw a protective line around our health data now." article in today.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 22
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
41/. The article is an updated version of the one published 10 days ago. Since then, Palantir has been in the news, with its announcement that it had filed to go public & with controversial developments around its multi-million $ work with the NHS in UK & the HHS in US.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
42 - Newly seen US procurement records reveal was awarded govt contracts worth +$42m on pandemic response. Although the HHS has said the data will remain anonymous, of warns said data can be de-anonymized, too.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @ewarren @JulianCastro
43 - In a letter, more than 30 members of Congress, including & , called for greater transparency on how Palantir will use HHS data & guarantees that it will be kept anonymised. In 2017/18 Palantir’s data helped aid ICE deportations.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
44 - As with the NHS, was awarded the HHS contracts without tendering They are rprtdly aiding national COVID responses in over a DOZEN countries, including Greece, Austria, Spain & Canada. They also claim to be in talks with “several dozen” countries around the world.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
45 - Palantir is also making its software available for free to govts. This wouldn’t be the 1st time Palantir offered its services for free, e.g. in New Orleans, they deployed a predictive policing system that even city council members didn’t know about.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @Slate
46 - In January, published a list of "the most dangerous tech companies in the world". They had polled journalists, academics, advocates etc. & drew up a list of 30 companies. came fourth! 1. Amazon 2. Facebook 3. Alphabet 4. Palantir
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
47 - “We’ve arranged a society based on science & technology, in which nobody understands anything about science & technology. This combustible mixture of ignorance & power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces.” (Carl Sagan,1996) I fear it is blowing up right now.
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 23
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
48 - In the interests of journalistic impartiality, please see 's statement on privacy & civil liberties. It finishes by saying: "The end goal should be... incorporating technical capabilities that can support responsible data handling policies.”
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Stefan Simanowitz Jul 24
Replying to @WendySiegelman
49 - Here is the $7.5 million contract between & US govt to build the platform for the Dept of Health (HHS): "Palantir HHS Protect Platform Services". A search on "HHS Protect" shows one result (i.e. no one else worked it). Via
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 18
Replying to @ConMijente
This is another essential thread about showing the parallels btw their work in the US & in the UK According to , in the 4 years since helped Trump get elected, Palantir have received +$1bn in gov contracts Sound familiar?
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
Palantir goes public on Weds, 23/9 It won’t launch a traditional IPO (initial public offering) but will list directly on NY Exchange IPOs typically involve selling shares via underwriters In a direct listing, existing holders sell shares on the exchange
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Palantir lost $580 million in 2019 according to & in . notes that 17 after it was set up “& after raising $3 billion, the has never made money”.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
Palantir said in its third updated prospectus that it has 2.17 billion fully diluted shares, including over 250 million options & restricted stock units that haven't vested ’s valuation could thus be well over $20 billion.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
According to early Facebook investor, Roger McNamee (aka ): “Palantir exists to allow law enforcement to investigate citizens without obtaining a warrant...The business model of undermines civil rights.” (via )
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @profgalloway
A word cloud of ’s S-1 “reads like a survivalist manifesto” says & “the idolatry of Thiel & Karp as reflected in the S-1” is a red flag. An S-1 contains the basic business & financial info on an issuer with respect to a specific securities offering.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @profgalloway
Palantir states their mission is to become “the default operating system for data across the US govt.” asks: “Is Peter Thiel the person to default to for influence/control of the operating systems for relationships, & now govt?
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @profgalloway
“Do we look at the outcomes from Facebook & think, ‘We should put the guy overseeing Zuckerberg in charge of the algorithms controlling what data the govt collects on us?’ The invisible hand of FB (Thiel) could control Palantir, & the operating system of govt.”
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
Last week, it was reported that had hired Citadel Securities to oversee its direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Citadel will rprtdly be the designated market maker, with the job of helping to determine demand & pricing for the shares.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 19
Replying to @CestrianInc
The S-1 prospectus into ’s IPO offering is analysed here by “We were excited about the listing.,” they write. “Until we read the S-1.” “We're at Neutral pending improvements in cashflow. This is a nontrivial matter for the stock.”
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 20
Replying to @RMac18 @RosieGray
In 2016, 's hosted a dinner with Kevin DeAnna, one of the US's most influential white nationalists - a man who has called for a white ethnostate. Thiel emailed the next day to say how much he’d enjoyed his company.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 20
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
’s ’s associations with the far-right are disturbing. In 2018, he said: "I'd hope for more scientific & technological progress is the too heavy hand of the state...The specific one I'm most attracted to is whether we can do new bio medical things"
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 20
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
Most descriptions of focus on their surveillance & data scraping activities & their work with intelligence agencies. But 's interest in what he calls "bio medical things" should alert us to the fact that their work is all about health/medical data.
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Stefan Simanowitz Sep 21
Replying to @StefSimanowitz
In 2018, a Bloomberg piece - “Palantir knows everything about you” - showed how Palantir were tracking virtually every US citizens & were looking for new customers In July, it was revealed now have NHS & other intimate data of all UK citizens.
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