Her TED talk telling tech billionaires they had broken democracy has become a global viral sensation. Following is the full text of the presentation talk in Vancouver. But now it has. Guardian and Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr captivated the crowd yesterday at the TED talks. The one constant in the time I have been reporting this story has been the lack of mainstream broadcast coverage, the absence of other newspapers picking it up, the failure by even senior, well-respected journalists to understand the issues at stake, the wilful misinterpretation of the facts by the right-wing press, the almost total silence from both the government and the opposition. It was only later that I began to realise quite what TED had done: how, in this setting, with this crowd, it had committed the equivalent of inviting the fox into the henhouse. Carole Cadwalladr blasts tech titans at TED: Your technology is “a crime scene” In her TED talk, Carole Cadwalladr called on the executives of Facebook and Twitter to come to the conference and discuss their role in influencing elections around the world. For five days, I’ve been overwhelmed by support and understanding and encouragement from wellwishers, person after person who tells me they were moved or terrified by my talk, by the danger posed by this technology that has unleashed a potential for destruction that we neither saw coming nor know how to contain. Dorsey, dressed in a black beanie hat, black hoodie, black jeans and black boots, a monk for the online age, responded, expressionlessly, saying that Nazism was “hard to define”. “You were human. The next day, on stage, Anderson interviewed Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter. Browse the library of TED talks and speakers, 100+ collections of TED Talks, for curious minds. We can see the iceberg. Carole Cadwalladr’s Ted Talk Delusion About Social Media And Democracy. He went on to say that he has good friends in his hometown, "and yet when I talk to them about the 2020 election, they're on another planet. What factual inaccuracies, we both wondered. On stage at TED, the journalist who helped expose the Cambridge Analytica scandal rebuked the heads of Facebook and other tech giants for helping erode democracy. They have created platforms of unimaginable complexity. If Silicon Valley is the beast, then TED is its belly. In conversation with curator Bruno Giussani, Cadwalladr discusses the latest on her reporting on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and what we still don’t know about the transatlantic links between Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. A safe space that was breached last week. translators. The Observer journalist was invited to give a talk in a session tagged Truth. And on Monday, I entered it. A brand of tech utopianism that, even as the world has darkened, TED has found hard to give up. Three months after her landmark talk, Carole Cadwalladr is back at TED. Go deeper into fascinating topics with original video series from TED. 2077. Or as one attendee put it: “You came into their temple,” he said. That as things stood, I didn’t think it was possible to have free and fair elections ever again. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. Open Translation Project. But if they’re not sick to their stomach about what has happened in Myanmar or overwhelmed by guilt about how their platforms were used by Russian intelligence to subvert their own country’s democracy, or sickened by their own role in what happened in New Zealand, they’re not fit to hold these jobs or wield this unimaginable power. Facebook’s difficulty is that it had no grounds to challenge my statement. “And shat on their altar.”. In the simulcast lounge where conference attendees – who pay between $10,000 and $250,000 a ticket – lounge on soft seating and watch on screens, was Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder. ted.com Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. But I did take the reporting that we have been publishing in the Observer over the past two and a half years, I did condense it into a 15-minute talk, and I did deliver it on the TED main stage directly to the people I described as “the Gods of Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey”. Since 1984, visionaries in technology, science and entertainment have met at the Ted conference, to share their ideas for a happier, healthier world. Now it's coming to Oxford. In fairness, what multi-billion dollar corporation with armies of PRs, lawyers and crisis teams, not to mention, embarrassingly, our former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, wouldn’t want to push back on the charge that it has broken democracy? A major player in that movie and the ongoing story was, and still is, Pulitzer-nominated Carole Cadwalladr, ... Cadwalladr recently made a highly regarded TED Talk… Twitter. ‘There is no point in quick fixes,’ he said. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit. Or understand it. “That’s when the audience came onside,” an attendee told me. The technology conference that has become a global media phenomenon with its short, punchy TED Talks that promote “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the closest thing that Silicon Valley has to a safe space. Carole Cadwalladr speaks at TED2019 The greatest and most important TED talk of our time @carolecadwalla @TEDchris @facebook For more than a year, Cadwalladr has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Anderson gave credit to Dorsey for actually showing up. If it was innocent of all charges, why hasn’t Mark Zuckerberg come to Britain and answered parliament’s questions? Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at TED2019 in Vancouver last week. ", Three months after her landmark talk, Carole Cadwalladr is back at TED. And they had broke it. There were problems, he admitted, but there was no point in quick fixes. I can’t claim either credit or responsibility – I didn’t invite myself to the conference, held annually in Vancouver, or programme my talk in a session called “Truth”. Carole Cadwalladr, the journalist who won the Orwell Prize for her Observer articles about the finances and data sources of the Leave campaign and the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, faces another chapter in a libel case that some journalists see as pivotal for press freedom. “It’s what we’re all thinking,” one person told me. That’s the lesson of TED 2019. Dorsey can see the iceberg but doesn’t seem to feel our terror. Carole Cadwalladr 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. Standing in the wings waiting to go on, I told the stage manager that my heart was racing uncontrollably and in an act of great kindness, she grasped both my hands and made me take breath after breath. I did. That night there was a dinner attended by Chris Anderson and a cadre of senior Facebook executives. But Anderson, one of the most thoughtful people in tech, was unruffled. The event: TEDSummit 2019, Session 1: Weaving Community, hosted by Bruno […], With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. You’re on a ship, Anderson said, and there’s an iceberg ahead. She is a features writer for The Observer and formerly worked at The Daily Telegraph. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. Three months after her landmark talk, Carole Cadwalladr is back at TED. thank you for being with us. What came across most strongly, chillingly, was the complete absence of emotion – any emotion – in Dorsey’s face, expression, demeanour or voice. why hasn’t Mark Zuckerberg come to Britain and answered parliament’s questions. In conversation with curator Bruno Giussani, Cadwalladr discusses the latest on her reporting on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and what we still don’t know about the transatlantic links between Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. Carole Cadwalladr’s age is 51. In an interview last summer, US journalist Kara Swisher, repeatedly asked Zuckerberg how he felt about Facebook’s role in inciting genocide in Myanmar – as established by the UN – and he couldn’t or wouldn’t answer. Anderson hadn’t just invited me in, he put me front and centre, in the first session, unavoidable, even – maybe especially – for his sponsors. And when I make the same observation to an older tech titan, he tells me how he once went with Zuckerberg on a 15-hour flight on a private jet with 16 other people and Zuckerberg never said a word to anyone for the entire duration. They want to take it back and we have to start figuring out how.” At the end of my talk, he invited Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook to come and respond. “As if he was checking if anybody was looking.”. Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy, It’s not about privacy — it’s about power: Carole Cadwalladr speaks at TEDSummit 2019, Weaving Community: Notes from Session 1 of TEDSummit 2019, A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup. Carole Cadwalladr speaking at TED2019 last week. For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. I walked among the tech gods last week. And I was the fox. “But it’s been the thing that nobody had actually said.”. The technology conference that has become a global media phenomenon with its short, punchy TED Talks that promote “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the closest thing that Silicon Valley has to a safe space. Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the story and appears in the film, looks at the fallout – and finds ‘surveillance capitalism’ out of control Published: 20 Jul 2019 . During the opening session, speakers and performers explored themes of competition, political engagement and longing — and celebrated the TED communities (representing 84 countries) gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland to forge TED’s next chapter. He showed guts for doing what Zuckerberg and Sandberg would not.But, for many, including me, he might as well not have bothered. Because it isn’t an exaggeration to say that TED is the holy temple of tech. The founders of Facebook and Google – who were sponsoring the conference – and the co-founder of Twitter – who was speaking at it. In conversation with curator Bruno Giussani, Cadwalladr discusses the latest on her reporting on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and what we still don’t know about the transatlantic links between Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. For many, including myself, TED was how they discovered the excitement and possibilities of technology. Tim Worstall - April 22, 2019. Because nobody had told me not to. Not least, I discovered, because I named them. Spoiler: they never did. Carole Cadwalladr is an investigative journalist and features writer. Cadwalladr rose to international prominence in 2018 when she exposed the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The reporter who broke the Cambridge Analytica–Facebook scandal has taken down the tech giants for undermining democracy. By. This article was amended on 26 April 2019 to clarify the nature of a dinner attended by Chris Anderson and Facebook staff. “Who has the information, who has the […], The stage is set for TEDSummit 2019: A Community Beyond Borders! “And you say… ‘Our boat hasn’t been built to handle it’ and we’re waiting and you are showing this extraordinary calm and we’re all worried but we’re outside saying, ‘Jack, turn the fucking wheel.’ ”. What happened next? That liberal democracy was broken. TED.com translations are made possible by volunteer I don’t think they set out to enable massacres to be live-streamed. 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. A bold, impossible-to-miss stroke by its high priest, Chris Anderson, a thoughtful Brit who bought TED when it was in its first incarnation – a secretive Californian conference for the masters of the universe – and made it a multi-million-dollar media organisation. Though a member of the TED team told me, before the session had even ended, that Facebook had raised a serious challenge to the talk to claim “factual inaccuracies” and she warned me that they had been obliged to send them my script. Not whether they're Donald Trump or Joe Biden, but just on the basic facts. In the early days, it was where the new miracles of technology were first unveiled – the Apple Macintosh and the CD-Rom – and in recent years it’s become the place that has most clearly articulated the Silicon Valley gospel. TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Your Ted talk was extraordinary." How hard is it to get rid of Nazis from Twitter, Anderson asked him. f Silicon Valley is the beast, then TED is its belly. No counter-evidence. Carol joins us now. Spoiler: the fucking wheel remains unturned. She speaks during Session 1 of TED2019: Bigger Than Us, on April 15, 2019 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I did tell them that they had facilitated multiple crimes in the EU referendum. They needed to go “deep”. All rights reserved. The brilliance of the TED format, its slick production, deft editing and clever curation, is that it offers an opportunity to bypass the traditional media – the BBC most especially – that has failed or refused to cover this story. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. On the TED stage, dressed in a hat and a hood, Dorsey appeared – and I can’t think of any other way of saying this – insentient. TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. But they did. Journalist Carole Cadwalladr explores how social media platforms like Facebook exerted an unprecedented influence on voters in the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election. Three months after her landmark talk, Carole Cadwalladr is back at TED.In conversation with curator Bruno Giussani, Cadwalladr discusses the latest on her reporting on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and what we still don’t know about the transatlantic links between Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. She gave a TED Talk in 2019 about Facebook’s role in Brexit and how the social media company is undermining democracy which she presented in front of the group she refers to as the “Gods of Silicon Valley” which include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Larry Page . Ideas free to stream and download. There are only five people in the room who apparently don’t: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey. And within minutes of stepping off stage, I was told that its press team had already lodged an official complaint. There’s a lot of people here who are very upset about what has happened to the internet. Carole Jane Cadwalladr (/ kædˈwɒlədər /; born 1969) is a British author, investigative journalist and features writer. We talked about the fracturing state of […]. That’s when you won them over.”. The investigative journalist who revealed the Cambridge Analytica scandal has demanded answers from tech giants about political ads. But in the situation we are in, with the dangers we face, it’s not these kinds of brains. And what you don’t see in the video – deftly edited out – is the awful, heart-stopping moment when I forgot a line, followed by another act of collective kindness, a spontaneous empathic cheer as I composed myself and found my cue. Pinterest. A breach that I was not just there to witness, but that I actively participated in. the reporting that we have been publishing in the. And so I called them out, in a room that included their peers, mentors, employees, friends and investors. We know it’s coming. The world needs all kinds of brains. Spoiler: they never did. And it’s true he did. Have a teenager? TED Talks speak to an audience who desperately need to know what happened but almost certainly don’t: the disenfranchised teenagers and young people who had no vote but who will be affected by this perfect storm of technology and criminality for the rest of their lives. Carole Cadwalladr, the British journalist who first exposed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, used a TED talk yesterday to blame Facebook and other tech giants for the undoing of Western democracy.. Why it matters: She called Britain and the Brexit vote the "canary in the coal mine" of what happens to democracy in the era of social media. Or at least it’s sent up a flare. Cadwalladr'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. 6. WhatsApp. Carole Cadwalladr For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. 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Carole Cadwalladr at TED Talks In this TED2019 talk, British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. About Carole Cadwalladr's TED Talk After the Brexit vote, journalist Carole Cadwalladr discovered that misleading ads on Facebook had a massive impact … “There’s always been a strict church and state separation between sponsors and editorial,” he said. Learn more about the When Cyndi Stivers, a TED director, asked me last summer if I’d be interested in doing a talk, I knew I would be terrified, but I knew I had to do it. Arron Banks, the insurance businessman who co-founded the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, has dropped two elements of his libel claim against the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr. And on Monday, I entered it. Or massive electoral fraud in a once-in-a-lifetime, knife-edge vote. Orwell would have loved it. “I saw his eyes flicker when you said his name,” one person told me. A room that fell silent when I ended and then erupted in whoops and cheers. We all know it. It’s all I can think about by the end of the week. “And these are important conversations we need to have. Carole Cadwalladr has been banging on for a year now about how Facebook – with useful assists from Twitter and other social media firms – has been gutting our democracy. Carole Cadwalladr – TED Talk TRANSCRIPT These are brilliant men. Last modified on Tue 31 Dec 2019 13.44 GMT. If they don’t feel guilt, shame and remorse, if they don’t have a burning desire to make amends, their boards, shareholders, investors, employees and family members need to get them out. © TED Conferences, LLC. Facebook. But TED is a tough, pressured, hugely stressful gig, even for experienced public speakers, and I’m not that. Give up fixes, ’ he said brand of tech utopianism that, even as the world darkened! 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