Conferences and EventsFacebook-Cambridge Analytica whistleblower announced as DataFest 19 keynote speaker

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica whistleblower announced as DataFest 19 keynote speaker

DataFest 19 is the UK’s first two-week festival of Data Innovation in Scotland, taking place 11th to 22nd March 2019.

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, will be a keynote speaker at DataFest 19, the UK’s first two-week festival of Data Innovation in Scotland.

Wylie is best known for his role in setting up – and then taking down – the cyberwarfare firm Cambridge Analytica. His revelations exposing the rampant misuse of data rocked Silicon Valley, and forced numerous Fortune 500 companies to overhaul cybersecurity and user privacy practices.

Wylie’s keynote address will take place at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on the 21st March, 2019. It will mark the formal opening of Data Summit, the two-day international conference that sits at the fore of the DataFest programme which showcases compelling stories on data driven innovation with keynotes, panels and pitches.

The theme for DataFest 19 is on collaboration, on doing #datatogether. It is a celebration of the groups, collectives, communities and teams who together have envisioned a path for data’s future and are taking steps to implement it. DataFest 19 will showcase the many occasions where people have worked together to create forward thinking ways of collaborating to use data for good.

Gillian Docherty, chief executive for The Data Lab, said: “The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke during DataFest 18 and shifted the focus of the event to data ethics. Since the scandal broke, social media and data have never been so much in the limelight. It is therefore fantastic to have Wylie with us for DataFest 19 to reflect on the conversation over the past year.

“DataFest will showcase Scotland’s leading role in data science and artificial intelligence on the international stage, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts.”

Data Fest 19 has been extended to two weeks for the first time to take account of the huge interest in the Data Fest Fringe Events programme around the country which is expected to be bigger than ever before. Fringe events include meetups, debates, public engagement and Data Science training programmes.

DataFest 19 will also include for the first time, Data Tech, a new Technical Day event bringing together technical communities, practitioners and academics working on similar challenges across different sectors to learn from one another and forge new collaborations to benefit both themselves and their organisations.

The festival will also see the return of Data Talent, the annual collider event that brings together aspiring data science and engineering students with employers from across the country.

Women in Data Science also returns. It is part of the world-wide Women in Data Science initiative by Stanford University. It brings together women data scientists and school girls to showcase what a data career looks like and inspire the female data leaders of the future.

Early bird tickets are on sale now. For more information visit https://www.datafest.global/

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