Julia Angwin
Investigative Journalist, Privacy & Security Expert

Julia Angwin is an award-winning senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom in New York. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times.


Julia is an accomplished and sought-after speaker on the topics of privacy, technology, and the quantified society that we live in. Among the many venues at which she has spoken are the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and keynotes at the Strata big data conference and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.


Learn more about Julia Angwin on her website and follow her on Twitter.


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Dragnet NationA Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
St. Martin’s Griffin

In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America's surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data.

Privacy as a Luxury Good In this talk, Julia tells her personal story about trying to protect her privacy. During the process, she realized that privacy had transformed into an expensive luxury good. Her goal is to re-frame the conversation of privacy as a human right rather than a consumer product.
Artificial Intelligence Economy: Its Effect on Free Speech and Thought Julia explores the role that algorithms and artificial intelligence play in our lives, as well as how difficult it is to hold machines accountable for the decisions they make.

Watch her International Journalism Festival #ijf19talk on the future of data-driven investigative reporting.

Check out this interview on PBS with Julia Angwin in which she uncovers misleading ads on Facebook

Julia Angwin reveals how AT&T helped the NSA spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic in an article for The New York Times

Angwin’s article for ProPublica uncovers new Snowden documents showing how the NSA plans to expand its surveillance program

Another article for ProPublica by Julia reveals that a pre-crime prediction algorithm used by judges across the nation is often wrong and is biased against black defendants

Has privacy become a luxury good? Angwin poses the question in an op-ed for The New York Times

Dragnet Nation is shortlisted for the Financial Times’s Business Book of the Year Award

Julia Angwin is included in TIME‘s list of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014

NPR’s All Tech Considered runs an item on Dragnet Nation

Learn more about Julia Angwin on her website and follow her on Twitter

Praise for Dragnet Nation:

“Welcome to life in a society of ubiquitous surveillance, tracking and data mining... Angwin, a Wall Street Journal reporter who along with her colleagues has produced essential reporting on privacy and security … aims to illuminate the costs of living with systems that track nearly everything we do, think or say… [and] she performs a herculean effort to regain her privacy… A useful, well-reported study.”
The Los Angeles Times

“I read Julia Angwin's new book Dragnet Nation… I heartily recommend it to you… [The book is an] antidote to Big Brother's big chill.”
—Bill Moyers

“A deeply researched book that is completely of the moment. Dragnet Nation moves right to the top of the list of books we should all read about privacy.”

“Angwin's warning that ‘information is power' resonates.”
—The Daily Beast

“Angwin elegantly chronicles this tragedy of the digital commons at the level of policy and our individual civil liberties…Dragnet Nation really kicks in--and becomes a blast to read--when she fights back…If enough people follow Angwin's lead, new networks of computer users might manage to open up ever larger holes in the dragnet world.”