I've come here today voluntarily as a witness and as a whistleblower. When I was at Cambridge Analytica, I was also made aware of the firm's black ops capacity. I have seen documents relating to instances where the firm sought to procure hacked material. Of further concern is Cambridge Analytica's employment of people closely associated with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
Cambridge Analytica has sought to identify mental vulnerabilities in voters and worked to exploit them. By targeting information designed to activate some of the worst characteristics in people, such as neuroticism, paranoia, and racial biases. To be clear, the work of Cambridge Analytica is not equivalent to traditional marketing. Cambridge Analytica specialized in disinformation, spreading rumors, kompromat, and propaganda.
Cambridge Analytica contractors had also worked on pro-Russian political operations in Eastern Europe, including with suspected Russian intelligence agents. I'm still optimistic about the future of technology. But we should not walk into the future blind, and it is the job of lawmakers to ensure that technology serves citizens and not the other way around.