Chris Wylie
Social Researcher and Data Scientist
Biography
Join Christopher Wylie, former Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group, in a discussion about the weaponization of stories and how they’re fracturing society.

Christopher Wylie is a social researcher and data scientist. He has served as a senior adviser in both the British and Canadian governments, and has extensive experience using technology to improve communication and citizen engagement. With an avid interest in cultural applications of technology, his postgraduate research focused on fashion trend forecasting. Christopher Wylie is the former Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group, which was a UK-based military contractor specializing in information warfare. He witnessed firsthand how culture, information and algorithms were being weaponized by militaries, governments and companies to undermine elections around the world. In 2018, Wylie worked with The Guardian and New York Times as a whistleblower to expose how social media data was being exploited and turned against ordinary citizens. His testimonies at the United States Congress and British Parliament served as a wake-up call for many and have quickly led to new legislative proposals in both countries.
Chris Wylie
Social Researcher and Data Scientist
Weaponization of Stories

The spread of false information for political gain is nothing new, but today we can use data to identify who wants to hear the story, and exactly which messages they’re most susceptible to. Stories today are being used not just to distort reality, but to create new ones. Militaries around the world are launching programs to be better able to fight information warfare. Christopher Wylie is the former Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group, and as he puts it, the person who created “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool.” In 2018, he worked with The Guardian and the New York Times as a whistleblower to expose that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly illegally obtained and exploited the data of 87 million Facebook users for the purposes of creating targeted political campaigns for the 2016 US presidential elections. Join Wylie in a discussion about the weaponization of stories and how they’re fracturing society.