Is Privacy Over? A noon forum with David Carroll

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, personal data was taken from millions of Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica, formerly a British political consulting firm, acquired 270,000 Facebook users’ data through an app called “This is your digital life.” Those who used the app gave Cambridge Analytica access to their Facebook friends’ data, which led to the firm acquiring 87 million users’ data. The data detailed where users lived, how they voted and how they stood on issues like gun control and immigration.

David Carroll, an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design, The New School, was one of the users affected by this breach of data. In July 2017, Carroll filed a formal complaint against the firm, following his inquiry into what information Cambridge Analytica collected about him

Carroll is one of the main subjects in the documentary “The Great Hack,” which explored the data breach by Cambridge Analytica. A noon forum put on by the Reynolds School of Journalism and sponsored by the Leonard Distinguished Chair in Media Ethics and Writing on October 16, 2019, will feature Carroll as he speaks about personal and public privacy trends and concerns.

Reynolds School professor Patrick File will moderate this free, public event held at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Jessica Fagundes by October 9, 2019, at 775-784-4783 or by email at

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

Joe Crowley Student Union, Theatre
1500 North Virginia Street