Written bySneha Bengani ·
Call him what you may, a genius storyteller, a data harvester, a politicker, or a whistleblower, but at 28, Christopher Wylie knows enough to have influenced three key global events - Brexit, 2016 US presidential election and #DeleteFacebook movement - each changing, challenging the world as we know it.
Who is this gay Canadian, who helped create "Steve Bannon's psychological warfare mindfuck tool"?
He spent his formative years in British Columbia, Canada. At 6, he was abused by a mentally unfit person at school, which led to him successfully suing the British Columbia Ministry of Education, reported The Guardian.
As a teen, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and eventually dropped out of school at 16 without any qualification.
But when did a rocky start stop genius from flourishing? What Wylie missed out on in school, he found in politics.
At 17, he was working for Canada's opposition leader. At 18, learning all about data from Obama's national targeting director, he helped Canada's Liberal party.
At 19, he was coding. At 20, studying law at the London School of Economics.
According to The Guardian, Wylie's expertise as a political strategist combined with his high-level data research skills helped him get a British Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa - a work visa granted by the United Kingdom to just 200 people every year.
In 2014, as its research head, he harvested the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge to understand them better so as to psychologically manipulate their voting preferences through personalized political advertisements.
Calling working with Cambridge Analytica a big mistake, he told Channel 4 News that he "had no clue that he was walking into the middle of a nexus of defense and intelligence projects, private contractors and cutting-edge cyberweaponry."
"I just think if I'd taken literally any other job, Cambridge Analytica wouldn't exist. You have no idea how much I brood on this," he added.
Wylie was at the heart of Cambridge Analytica's gross violations four years ago. Why is he denouncing it now? To avenge his acrimonious legal fall-out that ensued after he left?
He says he regrets "playing with the psychology of an entire country without their consent or awareness" and feels responsible to tell people about Cambridge Analytica so that they can make more informed choices.
After hacking into the trust of millions of Americans and showing the world the dangerous perils of information sharing on social media, what does Wylie have to say?
"I think that healthy dose of skepticism as to what you're seeing and what you're hearing and who you're talking to is the best way to go through life," he told The Guardian.
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