Face to Face(book) with Christopher Wylie


FREE - Don't miss this special student-exclusive event, part of SFU Public Square's 2019 Community Summit and Media Democracy Days

The New Yorker calls him “a pink-haired, nose-ringed oracle sent from the future". Best known for his role in setting up – and then taking down – the cyberwarfare firm Cambridge Analytica, Chris has been listed in TIME100 Most Influential People in the World, Forbes’  30 Under 30, Politico’s  50 Most Influential People in Politics and Business Insider’s 100 Coolest People in Tech.

Named as “the millennials’ first great whistleblower,” his revelations exposing the rampant misuse of data rocked Silicon Valley and forced numerous Fortune 500 companies to overhaul cybersecurity and user privacy practices. Congress held its first ever hearings on the impact of social media on democracy and Facebook experienced the largest single-day share value drop in American corporate history – twice.

Don't miss Christopher Wylie in conversation about the real and present digital threats facing students today. After the conversation, there will be a moderated audience Q&A.

This event is presented in partnership by SFU Public Square, Media Democracy Days, SFU's School of Communication, SFU's Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, Cobalt Strategy Group, and Cinyras.

This event is only for students

This event is open exclusively to high school and post-secondary students. Student ID is required for admission. If you are not a student and are interested in hearing Christopher Wylie speak, tickets are still available for our public keynote event that same evening. 

About Christopher Wylie

With his neon hair and brutally honest candour, Chris engages audiences around the world and makes AI understandable, disturbing – and yet somehow compelling. His mind-bending stories about the power of weaponised algorithms and information warfare have garnered audiences of over 15,000 people at some of the leading global events, including Web Summit, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (‘Chatham House’), the European Commission and Forbes 30 Under 30.

His evidence also exposed the deep links between the Alt-Right and Russian intelligence networks, leading to major ongoing FBI and NCA investigations in the US and UK.

When Chris speaks out about the future of technology, governments around the world take note – he has testified before the United States Congress five times, as well as at the parliaments of the European Union, United Kingdom and Canada.

Splitting his time between London, New York, LA and Stockholm, Chris is currently the Director of Research for Hennes & Mauritz (‘H&M’), the largest global fashion brand. His work on quantifying fashion style with AI systems is already having a major impact on the fashion sector. A recognised expert in cultural trend forecasting, Chris also writes for the youth culture and fashion magazine Dazed and has been featured in VogueGQEsquire and PAPER.

In a previous life, Chris worked inside the highest levels of the British government and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Registration Disclaimer

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. 15 minutes before the start of the event, unfilled seats will be offered to those on the wait list.

Venue Information

The Alice MacKay Room is located on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library central branch at 350 West Georgia Street. 

Getting There

Public Transit

The VPL is a 7 minute walk from City Centre (Canada Line) and Stadium Stations (Expo Line / Millennium Line) on Granville Street, and is situated close to many bus stops. Visit Translink.ca for Vancouver transit information.


The entrance to the Easy Park parking garage below the library building is on Hamilton Street (near Robson Street). Specially designated handicapped parking stalls beside doors to the elevators in the parking garage. 2 hour meter parking is available around Library Square.


Bike racks are available on the left of North entrance, and on the far left of the South entrance.


If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca or 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.

Wheelchair Seating

All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. 

Washroom Accessibility

Gender-neutral washrooms are located on the lower level outside the entrance to the Alice MacKay Room. 

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.


Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level)
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Date And Time

Tue, 16 April 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM PDT

Partners and Supporters

SFU Public Square
School of Communication
Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology