Caroline McCarthy

Caroline McCarthy is a digital media executive, writer, and advocate for an ethical approach to digital communications and content. She was part of TED’s Residency cohort for the spring of 2018, creating the talk “How advertising is dividing us.” Caroline is currently a vice president at true[X] (acquired by 21st Century Fox in 2015 and The Walt Disney Company in 2019). She is also the media and technology columnist for The Spectator’s US edition. Prior to true[X], Caroline worked as a product marketer at Google and a print and on-camera journalist for CNET, where she was one of the first reporters to have a full-time focus on then-emerging social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media list in 2012 and has spoken at global media and innovation events like SXSW Interactive, Summit Series, and Social Media Week; provided commentary on radio and television outlets like CNBC, NPR, and CBS; and written about technology and digital culture for outlets as varied as TechCrunch, Vox, and Vogue. Caroline serves on several nonprofit boards, including education technology organization Mouse and the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law. A graduate of Princeton University, Caroline currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, Minerva.