TED Video and Discussion Series

Date: December 21, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Room N110

Free Admission

Carole Cadwallandr

"Facebook's Role in Brexit - and the threat to Democracy"

Our next TED talk was done in April 2019, 8 months before the recent British elections, and it is by journalist Carole Cadwallandr,  speaking on “Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy”.  In what TED calls an unmissable talk, something I’ve never seen in my 8 years of monitoring TED talks, Carole digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Carole calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

Carole is a journalist for the Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom. She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with the New York Times. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress, and, as a result, Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.

Carole’s work has won a Polk Award and the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019. Of her award-winning work, judge Sir David Bell wrote: She "deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet. Orwell would have loved it."

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the TED talks feature experts in a variety of fields who present unique ways of looking at their respective fields of expertise.

Everyone is welcome to these free sessions.

A discussion will take place after the lecture.


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