Marta Peirano

Spanish journalist, researcher and author on technology and power.

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Who is Marta Peirano?

Marta Peirano is a Spanish journalist, researcher and author specialized in the relationship between technology and power.

Her line of research blends nicely with her business approach to technology, which has been key in the multiple worldwide projects she’s led in the fields of technology, culture and politics.

What will you learn from Marta Peirano as a speaker?

Marta Peirano is considered an authority on the effects that emerging technologies, data management and privacy have on society, especially when it comes to their use for political, military and institutional purposes.

Moreover, her experience and work as a journalist strongly supports her keynote topics regarding the impact of platform capitalism on society and the use of the data extraction industry as a tool for mass manipulation and control.

Marta Peirano’s career and contribution to society:

Founder of ADN newspaper, Campobase magazine and the projects Copyfight, Cryptoparty Berlin and Hack Hackers Berlin. She was also editor of Culture & Technology at eldiario.es.

Marta Peirano frequently writes for El País, La Sexta, eldiario.es and Muy Interesante. At Muy Interesante, she’s been a staff columnist for over a decade. She also hosts a weekly radio section at ‘Las mañanas de Radio Nacional de España’ where she talks about technopolitics.

Aside from the media & communications industry, she is a member of the Advisory Board at Barcelona’s Thought Biennial and member of the work group for CESEDEN, Spain’s Armed Forces main training centre.

Her TED Talk Why am I spied on if I’m no one? has over three million views.

In 2015 she published El pequeño libro rojo del activista en la red, an essay and cryptography manual for journalists with a prologue by Edward Snowden.

In 2019 she published The Enemy Knows the System, a bestseller on platform capitalism in which she links mobile phone addiction with the data-mining industry. This book sold-out in 24 hours and was recognized as one of the 10 top books in Spanish by The New York Times in 2019.

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