Brittany Kaiser to speak at the #IWDK20 opening

By Brian Woodward

Brittany Kaiser, the whistleblower who exposed Cambridge Analytica’s role in the 2016 Trump campaign and Brexit referendums, will deliver a keynote address on the importance of fair and transparent use of personal data at the IWDK Festival’s opening ceremony at Aarhus City Hall on May 12th.

Kaiser was the Director of Business Development at Cambridge Analytica until early 2018. In April of the same year, she testified before the U.K. parliamentary investigation on Fake News to explain how Cambridge Analytica harvested Facebook profile information to directly target incendiary political messages at unknowing voters.

Kaiser’s story is featured in the Netflix documentary, “The Great Hack”, about the rise and crash of Cambridge Analytica and the ongoing emergence of online surveillance.

Since leaving Cambridge Analytica, Kaiser has become an activist for data privacy, working with governments and private organisations to shape policy and legislation on the fair use of data and blockchain technologies.

Kaiser started the #OwnYourData campaign, asking social media companies to change their terms and conditions to provide transparency, opt-in and property/monetization rights over the data produced in their platforms. She has also authored the book  “Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower’s Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy.”

Kaiser was a fervent advocate for progressive politics since before her time at Cambridge Analytica, volunteering for the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry, and for Barack Obama’s run for senate while she was still in high school. In 2007, she worked full-time for a summer in the new media team of Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign, and in 2014 she volunteered for the “Ready for Hillary” campaign, before deciding to support Bernie Sanders in the 2015 Democratic primary.

Read more about Brittany Kaiser on her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ownyourdata/

The IWDK Opening Ceremony is open to all and free to attend, but requires registration.  For more information: https://iwdk.dk/event/the-iwdk20-official-opening-ceremony/