Datagate: FBI Connects the Bots to Kushner

Data science is taking over our work, lives — and now politics. The FBI is investigating ties between Russian bots and hackers and Trump’s data analytics efforts, a development that escalated with the Washington Post’s Friday scoop that Kushner allegedly asked for a secret communications channel with Kremlin.

Interest in data science has been exploding this past year. Students are rushing to study and get degrees in this burgeoning field, Universities are funding data science centers, Fortune 500 hundred firms can’t hire young data scientists fast enough, and tech firms and even legacy corporations are spinning out products and services based on the ability to mine tons of data and find patterns for targeted marketing and specialized offerings. And now data science is at the heart of the biggest political scandal in Washington in decades: Datagate. (Story by Susanna Camp and Jonathan Littman for