Pulitzer-nominated reporter Carole Cadwalladr has been announced as the opening speaker for this year’s True North Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Cadwalladr, who writes for the British-based Observer, was a driving force behind unlocking the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The True North Festival is now in its third year after being launched in 2018 by Communitech.
The organizations’s vice-president of marketing and events, Saj Jamal, says he tracked her down the new-fashioned way.
He says he spoofed “some email addresses of The Guardian and the Observer and … then having a phone conversation with her and telling her, you know, this is what we do here.”
Jamal says he spoke with her on the phone about the festival’s mission, which is to find ways for the tech world to “do better,” and she was very excited by the opportunity.
In addition to Cadwalladr, there will be summits on the Centre Stage including one on Tech for Good and another on data innovation.
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