CFP: Exposing Secrets: The Past, Present and Future of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing and Government Secrecy

15 Sep 2018 - 00:00

An Interdisciplinary Conference involving Scholars, Journalists, Whistleblowers, and Advocates

17-18 January 2019
New York University London Campus,6 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK

Keynote Speakers include
Ewan MacAskill: Pulitzer Prize-winning defence and intelligence correspondent for The Guardian
John Kiriakou: Former CIA-analyst and case officer who was prosecuted after exposing torture

Edward Snowden and National Security Agency mass surveillance; Reality Winner and Russian interference in U.S. elections; James Comey and Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice. National security whistleblowing continues to shape history and stir controversy in and beyond the U.S. Drawing on political, legal, journalistic and cultural perspectives, this international, public conference will explore among other topics:

  • The contested definition of whistleblowing versus “leaking” and “unauthorized disclosure”
  • The relationship between whistleblowers and journalists
  • Whistleblowing and the evolution of information: “big data”
  • The legality of whistleblowing and the challenges of advocacy
  • Whistleblowers in popular culture
  • State deterrence of whistleblowing: old and new mechanisms
  • Whistleblowing as a transnational phenomenon
  • Publishers: From traditional media to WikiLeaks

We welcome individual submissions, as well as proposed panels and roundtables. Please send a 500-word abstract and brief 1-2 page bio/cv to by 15 September 2018.

Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
Hannah Gurman (New York University)
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