Christopher Wylie

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Chris Wylie
Cambridge Analytica protest Parliament Square6.jpg
Born (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 29)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Education London School of Economics (LLB)
George Washington University (MA)
Political party Liberal Party (Canada)
Liberal Democrats (UK)

Christopher Wylie (born 19 June 1989) is a Canadian whistleblower in the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal who was previously the director of research at Cambridge Analytica.[1]

In 2018, Wylie became a whistleblower, giving The Guardian documents that described the secret workings behind Cambridge Analytica.[2] The documents center around Cambridge Analytica's alleged unauthorized possession of personal private data from some 87 million Facebook user accounts[3], obtained for the purpose of creating targeted political campaigns for the 2016 US presidential elections. These campaigns were based on psychological and personality profiles mined from the Facebook data.

On March 27, 2018, Wylie gave evidence to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee which contained further revelations about the practices at Cambridge Analytica and its associated companies.[4]

Wylie's revelations triggered government investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and pushed long-simmering privacy concerns.[5][6]

Life[edit]

Wylie was born to parents Kevin Wylie and Joan Carruthers,[1] who were both physicians. He was raised in Victoria, British Columbia.[1] As a child he was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD.[2]

He left school at 16 without a qualification and when asked about his "probable destiny" on his school leavers yearbook page he stated "...just another dissociative smear merchant peddling backroom hackery in its purest Machiavellian form". At 17, he was working for the Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff. He taught himself to code at age 19. At 20, he began studying law at the London School of Economics.

In 2013, he was introduced to SCL Group which would later create Cambridge Analytica.

Personal life[edit]

Wylie is self-described as gay[7] and vegan.[8]

In an interview with The Guardian, Wylie stated that Rebekah Mercer "loved the gays, and so did Steve Bannon. He figured if you could get the gays on board, everyone else will follow...(like the) Milo Yiannopoulos thing".[9]

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