Civis Analytics

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Civis Analytics is an Eric Schmidt-backed data science software and consultancy company founded by Dan Wagner in 2013.[1]

Wagner served as the Chief Analytics Officer for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.[2]

Civis Analytics helps businesses "understand their data, use that data to make predictions, and get recommendations on what steps to take next".[1] Civis works with Fortune 500 companies and the country's largest organizations, including Verizon, Airbnb, Discovery, FEMA, Boeing and the American Red Cross.[3]

The company has recently faced controversy for firing an employee after he tweeted a short summary of a paper by Princeton professor Omar Wasow.[4] The paper, written by an African American professor, examined the effect of protest movements on public opinion.[5] After the firing, Civis Analytics initially released a statement claiming that had not fired any employees for tweeting academic papers, but later retracted that statement and replaced it with a new statement that omitted that claim.[6] Eleven employees were laid off on October 30, 2019.[7] In December, seven of them filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB for wrongful termination.[8][7]

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  1. ^ a b Ha, Anthony (November 30, 2016). "Eric Schmidt-backed data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22M". techcrunch.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "How Obama's Team Used Big Data to Rally Voters". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  3. ^ Elahi, Amani (July 16, 2015). "Civis Analytics takes Obama data lessons to next level". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 28, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Wasow, Omar (August 2020). "Agenda Seeding: How 1960s Black Protests Moved Elites, Public Opinion and Voting". American Political Science Review. 114 (3): 638–659. doi:10.1017/S000305542000009X. ISSN 0003-0554.
  5. ^ Chait, Jonathan. The Still-Vital Case for Liberalism in a Radical Age. New York Magazine. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2020/06/case-for-liberalism-tom-cotton-new-york-times-james-bennet.html
  6. ^ Mounk, Yascha. Stop Firing the Innocent. The Atlantic, June 27, 2020. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/stop-firing-innocent/613615/
  7. ^ a b Jones, Sarah (2021-04-01). "Democratic Firm Is Accused of Firing Workers for Speaking Up". Intelligencer. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  8. ^ "Civis Analytics, Inc. | National Labor Relations Board". www.nlrb.gov. Retrieved 2021-04-07.

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