Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for The Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom. She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with The New York Times. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.
Cadwalladr's work has won a Polk Award and the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019. Of her award-winning work, judge Sir David Bell wrote: She "deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet. Orwell would have loved it."
Richard A. Clarke is a former key advisor on intelligence and counter-terrorism who worked during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Starting in 1998, he also served as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the U.S. National Security Council.
In "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats," Clarke and fellow cybersecurity expert Robert K. Knake provide a vivid, engrossing tour of cyberspace, introducing us to the scientists, executives and public servants who have learned through hard experience how government agencies and private firms can fend off cyber threats.
Upon leaving the Bush administration in 2003, Clarke began speaking about his experience and future predictions about intelligence and counter-terrorism. He is an on-air ABC News consultant on political and security issues, and lectures at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Clarke has appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” CNN and more, where he has spoken about cyber war, crisis management, terrorism, the Middle East and other major political issues of our time. Additionally, Clarke has written several op-eds on these subjects for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His 2018 podcast, “Future State,” discussed the issues crucial to voters in the weeks preceding the election with such high-profile guests as former Secretary Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton.
Clarke currently chairs the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He has written seven books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the #1 New York Times bestseller "Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror."
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s top global thinkers. Gladwell’s new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know,” offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong. Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings — from history, psychology and infamous legal cases — Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure and challenges our assumptions on human nature and strategies we use to make sense of strangers, who are never simple. He explains why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don’t.
He has explored how ideas spread in “The Tipping Point,” decision-making in “Blink,” and the roots of success in “Outliers.” With his latest book, “David and Goliath,” he examines our understanding of advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege. Gladwell is the host of a 10-part podcast, “Revisionist History,” now in its fourth season. In the weekly podcast, Gladwell re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post. Gladwell is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, informative and practical, poised, eloquent and warm and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging.
Amber Scorah is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is author of the memoir “Leaving the Witness,” published by Viking Books.
After growing up in the Jehovah's Witness faith, Scorah learned Mandarin Chinese and moved to Mainland China to become an underground missionary. In China, encountering a new culture and making friends outside the faith for the first time, Scorah came to question the beliefs she had been taught from childhood and ended up leaving the religion. Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery, with no education or support system.
Scorah later moved to New York City, where she began a new life. Several years later, her three-month old son died on his first day in childcare. After this tragedy, Scorah became a parental leave advocate. Combining forces with a Republican mother, their bipartisan efforts brought the cause of parental leave to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Before coming to New York City, Scorah was creator and host of the podcast “Dear Amber—The Insider's Guide to Everything China,” one of iTunes' Top 10 Podcasts of 2008. She is a TEDx speaker and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Morning Edition, CBC’s The Current, CTV’s Your Morning and more. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Cut, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.