CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy

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Data is the New Narrative

Julia Angwin, The Markup

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February 28, 2020 9:45am, in Federation Hall (part of the Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy event)


Never before has it been possible to collect and distribute so much data. And yet a paradox is that amidst this flood of information, it is increasingly difficult for the public to find meaning amidst all the data they encounter — and people increasingly distrust information they encounter. Julia will discuss how The Markup, a new nonprofit newsroom that will begin publishing soon, aims to build reader trust by anchoring its narratives in public datasets and peer-reviewed statistical analysis, while also pleading to protect reader’s data from surveillance.


Julia Angwin founded The Markup to produce meaningful data-centered journalism about technology and the people affected by it. Before founding The Markup, she led investigative teams at ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,” (Times Books, 2014) and “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). She has a B.A. in mathematics from The University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University. She is a winner and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.