Searching for Aggregate IQ: What role did it play in Brexit?



this is an incongruous search for people accused of digital Dark Arts in British elections but who live in rural Canada imagine being in Britain and being told that a Canadian election was swayed by a company in Torquay searching for the bosses of a tiny data company on Vancouver Island but who boast of changing the course of world history Jeff gets out and says we destroyed the European Union what are we gonna do yet people who combined laid-back Canadian country living with according to the campaign director of vote leave at the time what are we doing playing a pivotal role in the referendum that changed everything grexit we wanted to hear a i q– story directly from its bosses the company was set up five years ago in British Columbia there was a lot we wanted to talk to them about not least this the official brexit campaign groups testimonial on the aiq website subsequently removed said that the referendum wouldn't have been worn without this tiny company in the Canadian back waters brexit campaign group spent 3.5 million pounds on a IQ so the question is exactly what did a IQ do for that money and exactly who did they do it for a IQ used data to micro-target voters with tailored messages are as the campaign director of vote leave explained we aimed it at exactly but I think roughly about 7 million people one and a half billion digital ads let's start with the aiq bosses Jeff Sylvester worked for Justin Trudeau's party tech-savvy and a scout leader and Zach Massa gyum ex business school administrator worked for the provincial Liberals lives near a little place called Khao Shan Bay we've reached out to him several times looking for specific answers to specific questions we've got partial answers so we're here to try and talk to him again when we knocked on his door we were told he wasn't in his wife didn't know when he'd be back give me a quick call when you have a moment and thus began four days I've been given the runaround in a very polite Canadian sort of way have loads of journalists been looking for them [Laughter] when we went to the address we had for them in Victoria turns out they'd left it two months ago the company is also being investigated by the british columbian information and privacy commissioner over concerns that people's personal information is being used without their consent something aiq denies what are you specifically concerned about when it comes to a IQ well in British Columbia you can't collect person's information with except in very limited circumstance without their consent so you have to define what the purposes are and how you're gonna use it and disclose it and so we want to find out if aggregate IQ was collecting any personal information and if they did how did they handle that who did they disclose it to the idyllic Canadian backdrop not the only a IQ contradiction the bosses and staff were liberals many of their clients were not and according to one ex-employee when it came to pumping out material online there was a lot of holding your nose it's like Catholics going door-to-door and preaching for the Jehovah's Witnesses Stewart Morris worked for the company for four months in 2016 Zach was talking to one of the guys who was writing a script and he was like having trouble and he was saying oh you know I I don't want to say this I don't want to say that and it's access okay this is for a very right-wing canned candidate if it makes you cringe it good mr. massing ham denies saying this but that's not the only reason we want to talk to AI Q the whistleblower Shamir Sonny who worked for the probe regs at believe campaign says that vote leave used believed to funnel money to a IQ and thus vote leave avoided going over referendum spending limits of vote leave he said they used believe to overspend and not just by a small amount almost two thousand million pounds makes all the difference and it wasn't an eagle his partner in believe Darrin Grimes denies this as does vote leave a IQ said they weren't aware of any attempt to get around the law in Victoria opposite the Parliament Buildings we visited a i q– solicitor it turns out that Sylvester and massing ham are nothing only shareholders in this company there are also three other minority shareholders two individuals and one corporate group local reporter Jack Knox knows the IQ bosses but first here's how it feels when a global story comes to town imagine being in Britain and being told that a Canadian election was swayed by a company in Torquay that's that's the analogy we are a smallish provincial town at the edge on the edge of the world he explains that a IQ boss Jeff Sylvester here pictured outside number 10 Downing Street worked in Canada with Chris Wiley the Cambridge analytical whistleblower back in the day Chris Wiley volunteered for the same member of parliament Keith Martin who employed Jeff Sylvester oh I see that's a connection between the two yeah they set up a Canadian entity in that they the the legal name was aggregate IQ a IQ deny this a IQ say they're 100% Canadian say they're never had a contract with Cambridge analytical and say they're not the de facto Canadian branch of either Cambridge analytical or their parent company SCL but part of the relationship between a IQ and SEL these documents show multiple links between aggregate IQ and SEL elections this unsigned one dated September 2014 even has Cambridge analytic as logo want then this glossy document from March 2014 it outlines how a IQ will provide SEL with an engagement platform using SEL modeling data an SEL internal staff list from July 2014 lists a IQ president Zack massing ham as head of SEL Canada mr. massing ham also signed this document in 2014 an intellectual property agreement by which a IQ licensed data to SEO we wanted to put this directly to a IQ bosses and thought our chance had come just a few weeks ago a member of staff tweeted a picture from inside their latest office in Victoria we spent a pretty agonizing day pounding the streets of Victoria looking for those windows and that brickwork in that building we finally found it it's that one behind me so that would mean that the view that you can see in the picture comes from that building this is a IQ what they've disappeared again we did speak to their neighbors here and they saw people coming and going in the office up until about a week ago but then the elusive aiq go underground again a IQ developed software and code used by SCL if the parent company of Cambridge analytical but there was also much more raw site to what they did according to Chris Wiley's evidence in Parliament a IQ helped distribute content during the last Nigerian election supporting the incumbent then President Goodluck Jonathan the videos that aiq distributed in Nigeria with the the sole intent of intimidating voters included content where people were being dismembered there's incredibly anti Islamic and threatening messages aiq say they refuse to distribute the violent content they say SCL provided to them for use in Nigeria Stuart Moore's only worked for eiq for a short while what remembers the bosses rationale the way that they put that to me was okay so we're working for Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan not a nice guy but when you see the competition Boko Haram you know that's just the nature of death that's how they explained it in the office yeah Goodluck Jonathan of course lost which brings us to the question did any of this actually sway voters who knows it did achieve one thing confirmed one man's notion that democracy is dysfunctional one man back at kawasan Bay British Columbia we told Jim Wallace who brought us out on his boat why we were here he'd heard about the Canadian connection but was not surprised I haven't seen a democracy anywhere he went on to speak of conspiracy theories of losing control of dark forces undermining democracy and for a while at least one couldn't help but ask who could blame him Erica brown in Canada in a statement tonight the company told us aggregate IQ works in full compliance with in all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates aggregate IQ does not undermine democracy by employing harmful unethical techniques it has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity Chris Wiley has never been employed by aggregate IQ aggregate IQ has never been and is not part of Cambridge analytical or SEL all work aggregate IQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client you

32 Comments

  1. Paul Seager said:

    The establishment have been manipulating data and controlling the narrative for decades for their own ends. Now a fringe element of society has wrestled that power away from them and played you all at your own game.

    Good.

    June 27, 2019
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  2. SUSAN BARTLETT said:

    Welcome to the new Terrorists of the 21st Century…..

    June 27, 2019
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  3. Honkytonkified said:

    Is Aggregrate IQ actually a new morph of Blackwater, owned by Amway's Rich DeVos, brother to trump's secretary of miseducation, Betsy?

    June 27, 2019
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  4. slangster said:

    If they're so proud of their work why are they trying to hide?

    June 27, 2019
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  5. The Right Side said:

    if you click the like button on this video 10 million romanians are gonna move into your neighborood

    June 27, 2019
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  6. wooo weee said:

    So the BBC and every media outlet mostly staffed with remainers weren't heavily biased during campaign…. lol who are we kidding now. The ultimate propaganda force in any country is the media, and it is by in large controlled by the left. The hysterical response is simply over the loss in power, "we couldn't tell people how to vote this time", oh dear.

    June 27, 2019
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  7. tony King said:

    Ok you can be for Brexit and argue the for and against its merits but after these revelations you can no longer say " Will of the People" or " Democratic decision " . The fact is a very close vote was swayed by dirty tricks , data farming and misuse of personal data . The referendum is invalid . Push thru your brexit programme if you wish and can . But don't ever tell me again it is the "Will if the People " .

    June 27, 2019
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  8. Bo S Olsson said:

    EU is full of Russian SCUM! Channel 4 carry water for Putin!

    June 27, 2019
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  9. spf_fishing said:

    They're basically saying that people are incapable of making an informed decision. If that's the case then there should be no campaign at any elections. It's all propaganda, anti brexit rhetoric, you lost we're leaving get over it.

    June 27, 2019
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  10. Elvis Has left the building said:

    The latest Channel 4 installment of: Discredit those people who voted leave and then you disenfranchise them, hence lets have a second referendum. Nice try channel 4.

    June 27, 2019
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  11. Neil said:

    main stream media rip

    June 27, 2019
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  12. crusty k24 said:

    this video is pathetic

    June 27, 2019
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  13. greathey1234 said:

    Why right wing Brexiters and Trumpsters rely on scare mongering, fake news, Russian interference, social media maniuplation, and political smear campaigns if they don't have something to hide?

    June 27, 2019
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  14. fanagot said:

    encouraging racism and xenophobia has been the main drive of brexit

    June 27, 2019
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  15. BestBloke said:

    First the BBC, now channel 4 bit more unbiased brexit hating

    June 27, 2019
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  16. brokecreole said:

    this is only the beginning…… next 4 years will be bloodied.

    June 27, 2019
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  17. Loose Ends said:

    So far, 16 Russian bots have disliked this video. 🙂

    June 27, 2019
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  18. Gazza said:

    Well how about searching for the Israel company called black cube and the other company set up by mi6. It was all given in evidence in parliament by the chap with the red hair, he also said two mi6 people worked in his office with him while he was working for Cambridge analytics, not paid, not employed, totally undeniable by the British government. Apparently you channel 4 didn't publish this bit on the news cos you weren't alowed, fake news 👎 here's black cube for you to investigate channel 4 https://youtu.be/cO_jrzAhav0

    June 27, 2019
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  19. Samrat B said:

    yet imagine how simple and stupid certain people can be, convinced by propaganda, facebook, advertising and utter lies told by these white assholes in power ..

    June 27, 2019
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  20. Paul Kaitel said:

    Give it a rest CH 4. try reporting some real news for a change.

    June 27, 2019
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  21. Karsnen Junior said:

    From this video, I get that their office is right next door to me. Darn!

    June 27, 2019
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  22. McCready 747 said:

    I'm confused by all these reports – lets say that there was data harvested illegally – fine go to court/jail/fines etc etc.

    But i'm not sure where this leaves us and what point is C4 and the media trying to make?

    It sounds to me that they are suggesting that all you need todo is to target ads on people and they will do what those ads say – that people can't make up their minds of their own free will.
    Perhaps conduct some research of their own.

    If this is what they actually believe to be true, then I feel like an absolute fool for giving the general populace more credit than they are due!

    June 27, 2019
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  23. Santiago Bron said:

    they give them too much credit

    June 27, 2019
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  24. Farmer ned 6 said:

    The Brexit campaign spent £3.5 m of ITS OWN money on AIQ

    Remainers STOLE AND Spent £9m OF OUR MONEY , ON THEIR BIASED LEAFLET

    Where's the investigation into THAT Channel 4 ?????

    Or doesn't it fit your Lefty London Bubble blinkered Narrative?

    June 27, 2019
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  25. Chris Green said:

    BREXIT MEANS BREXIT. WE GET TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM SOMETHING OR OTHER MILLIONS OF SOMETHING SAVED BY SOMETHING.

    June 27, 2019
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  26. Johannes Obers said:

    All other country's should check their last elections …."internet history" 😉

    June 27, 2019
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  27. Amenhotep Pimpernel III said:

    We got a country back. Let it go.

    June 27, 2019
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  28. S S said:

    If this is the democracy, then it is much better to be ruled by AI mega computer.

    June 27, 2019
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  29. Josie Fox said:

    Read 'Propaganda' by Edward Bernays and you will see that it's more of the same only with bells on.

    June 27, 2019
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  30. F8oK8 said:

    Super reporting!!! Go get 'em!

    June 27, 2019
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  31. Michel Willems said:

    One of the many sub contractors.

    June 27, 2019
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  32. ethan watson said:

    first

    June 27, 2019
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