Chris Wylie: Inside the Facebook & Cambridge Analytica story

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Chris Wylie, Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower & Harry Davies, Writer & Journalist, The Guardian

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Few names are more central and more important to the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica privacy story than Chris Wylie. Over the last 5 years, Chris's path as a data scientist lead him from his native Canada, to the head of research at SCL Ltd - a contractor developing military ‘information operations’ for the US and UK - to the top of a (then) little-known company named Cambridge Analytica. It was at Cambridge Analytica that he met Steve Bannon and began helping to pioneer their 'propoganda machine' designed to use social media to propel Donald Trump to the presidency in the 2016 election. To train the machine, they first concentrated it on the Brexit vote. This year, Chris came forward as the key whistleblower in the case and we were delighted to host him speaking on stage at In:Confidence 2018. Chris was joined for the extended interview by leading data privacy journalist and former Guardian and Observer Researcher Harry Davies, renowned for breaking the original story back in 2015. The pair took a deep-dive into the news storm that brought data privacy roaring onto the front pages, and became a pivotal moment in the public’s digital consciousness. Exclusive to BrightTALK, this session features Chris Wylie the man at the centre of the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal giving the inside view; how we got to where we are now and suggesting what the industry can do moving forwards to prevent another damaging privacy breach.

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