Julia Angwin – Keynote Speaker

Pulitzer Prize-winning American investigative journalist, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Markup

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Specialist Subjects

  • AI and the Digital Gilded Age
  • Journalism in the Algorithmic Age
  • Privacy Should Not be a Luxury Good
  • Making Meaning from Data
  • Societal impacts of Big Tech


  • English


Julia Angwin is a Pulitzer-Prize winning contributing Opinion writer for the New York Times who writes about the impacts of technology on societies.
She is an investigative journalist and entrepreneur who founded The Markup, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom that produced methodologically precise investigative journalism. She also led data-driven investigative teams at ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal that were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She was also a member of a Pulitzer Prize winning team at The Wall Street Journal.

Her New York Times bestseller, “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,” published in 2014, chronicled her attempts to evade having her personal data exploited, and called on us to take a collective approach to protecting privacy. Her book “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America,” published in 2009, was an early look at the promise of social networks and the boardroom battles to control the emerging technology.

She has a B.A. in mathematics from The University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University. She is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Columbia Journalism School’s Brown Institute.

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