VIDEO | Surveillance Facts and Fictions

This is part of the Festival of Democracy 16 October 2015 at the University of Sydney.

Edward Snowden confirmed facts that had previously been considered the stuff of fiction.

Before and after Snowden’s revelations, this panel of experts on surveillance has used fiction, investigative journalism and research to provoke questions about democratic rights to privacy, freedom of association and expression in a world of dragnet surveillance.

This opening panel of the Sydney Festival of Democracy will discuss the fate of democracy in a world of surveillance states and industries. What facts and fictions about national security, secrecy and corporate power are driving the public debate about surveillance?  Is the “balance” between national security and democratic rights and freedoms a fact or a fiction?


  • Nicky Hager
  • Frank Moorhouse
  • Bernard Keane
  • Felicity Ruby