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Make Data Work
Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Is Privacy Becoming a Luxury Good?

Julia Angwin (ProPublica)
10:10am–10:25am Friday, 10/17/2014
Location: 1D
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 44 ratings)

We are being watched – by companies, by the government, by our neighbors. Technology has made powerful surveillance tools available to everyone. And now some of us are investing in counter-surveillance techniques and tactics. Julia Angwin discusses how much she has spent trying to protect her privacy, and raises the question of whether we want to live in a society where only the rich can buy their way out of ubiquitous surveillance.

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Julia Angwin


Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica. Previously, she was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at the Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is the author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance and Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. Julia holds a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.