22aug6:00 pm7:30 pmFeaturedJOURNALISM, RESISTANCE AND METADATA6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Ideas, Department of Media and Communications, Sydney Democracy Network, the Sydney Cyber Security Network at the University of Sydney, and the Walkley Foundation
Edward Snowden’s 2013 intelligence leaks unveiled the extent and sophistication of data collection undertaken by the United States’ National Security Agency and major global digital firms. The revelations prompted debates
Edward Snowden’s 2013 intelligence leaks unveiled the extent and sophistication of data collection undertaken by the United States’ National Security Agency and major global digital firms. The revelations prompted debates in the western world about the balance between security and privacy, accountability and secrecy, and freedom and control. It is difficult not to see a clear connection between the Snowden leaks and the sharp acceleration of new national security and data retention legislation in Australia, which is a long term member of the Five Eyes Alliance.
While reporters in the western world have had to adjust to the new context of continuous digital surveillance, journalists traditionally working in more controlled environments have developed embedded routines of ‘resistance’ within their daily practice.
This is certainly true in China, where both government agencies and private companies (who, by law, are required to self-censor) employ a total of two million ‘internet opinion analysts’ to monitor, manipulate and censor content. However, the first law of Chinese cyberpolitics is: “where there are river crabs, there are grass-mud horses”. In other words, online censorship will always be met with resistance.
How are journalists in different countries, including Australia, the United States and China, coping with the new digital context within which they must work? Have they fully adopted the instruments of digital security that are currently available to protect their work and their sources? What can Australian reporters learn from the experiences of journalists who have found ways to confront and counter external attempts to control their work?
- Paul Farrell is a senior reporter for Buzzfeed Australia, and formerly worked as a senior reporter for Guardian Australia. He co-founded the Detention Logs website and has produced stories and investigations for the ABC, Crikey, PBS and New Matilda. Paul’s areas of interest and work include national security, policing, immigration, and data retention and policy. He was the lead reporter on the Guardian’s Nauru Files.
- Benedetta Brevini is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney, Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University and Research Associate at the Sydney Cyber Security Network. She is co-editor of Carbon capitalism and Communication (2017) and Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (2013). Before joining academia she worked as a journalist in Milan, New York and London.
- Julie Posetti is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She is the author of a major 2017 global UNESCO study titled Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age. Julie is currently head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her research interests include digital era impacts on confidential source protection and journalism safety, social journalism and media and gender.
- Gabor Szathmari is one of the six founders of CryptoAustralia, and a passionate advocate for privacy, open government and free speech. Through CryptoAustralia, Gabor aims to help Australians and organisations with their privacy and security challenges in practical ways. He runs Cryptoparty events and hands-on workshops that bring private citizens and professionals together with digital security experts to teach participants how to install, configure and hack with their own smartphones and laptops.
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle A14
University of Sydney
Sydney Ideas, Department of Media and Communications, Sydney Democracy Network, the Sydney Cyber Security Network at the University of Sydney, and the Walkley Foundation