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Panels and Talks
Friday 19th October
09:30 -- 10:30
WHAT SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF?
Duncan Campbell talks about the landscape of contemporary surveillance and official secrecy in the UK, the US and beyond, with Ian Cobain and John Goetz. Chair: Betsy Reed.
10:30 -- 10.45
SCHEDULE 7 AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UK’S BORDER SURVEILLANCE REGIME
11.00 -- 11.15
FROM FOIA TO WIKILEAKS
11.15 -- 12.15
SPIES LIKE US: THE RETURN OF THE ESPIONAGE ACT
The American authorities are increasingly resorting to The Espionage Act 1917 to prosecute journalists, and the British Government prepares its own Espionage Act which conflates journalists, whistleblowers and spies. As TV channels and NGO’s are asked to register as a “foreign agents” and Wikileaks is identified as a “hostile intelligence service”, we ask questions about the relationship between journalism and espionage. Are journalists still being used as spies and informants by intelligence agencies? How best can we best protect ourselves and those we work with against the allegation of spying?
Speakers: Anna Belkina, Stefania Maurizi, Gill Phillips, Paul Lashmar. Chair: Betsy Reed.
13:15 -- 13:30
THE MURDER ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT.
13:30 -- 14:30
Data is often described as the new oil. Technology companies are the gatekeepers of this wealth of information; many also own the algorithms and artificial intelligence required to extract and refine it. In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, is “surveillance capitalism” simply the business model of the internet? What is its effect on journalism and democracy, and our understanding of truth itself?
Yasha Levine, Sarah Kember, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Andrew Orlowski. Chair: William Davies
14:30 - 14:45
THE SECRETS OF THE MACEDONIAN “FAKE NEWS” INDUSTRY
14:45 - 15:45
COLLUSION, OR THE NEW MCCARTHYISM?
What is the evidence that the Russian Government colluded with the Trump campaign and pro-Brexit campaigners to win the 2016 Presidential Election and the UK Referendum in the same year? Is there a real and growing body of evidence of Russian disinformation, collusion and assassination, or are we witnessing a new Cold War mentality in which the country is blamed for all of our woes?
Glenn Greenwald, James Risen, Jane Bradley, Mary Dejevsky. Chair: Vanessa Gezari
16:00 - 16:15
INVESTIGATING THE INVESTIGATORS
16:15 -- 17:15
THE NEW ONLINE CULTURE WARS
From the rise of an internet-fuelled alt-right to the therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces on the left, the new online culture wars are rapidly advancing into what remains of the mainstream media. In this viciously partisan new environment thick with wild conspiracies, anonymous accusations, and the weaponised investigation of one’s political opponents, how should journalism, with its traditional concern for the truth, respond?
Angela Nagle, Stephanie McCrummen, Anastasia Denisova, Marc D Tuters. Chair: James Harkin
17:30 - 17:45
TELLING THE STORY OF SYRIA, GRAPHICALLY.
17:45 -- 18:00
INVESTIGATING VIA FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE
18.00 -- 19.00
From art to architecture, investigative journalism is increasingly borrowing from other disciplines and sources of professional expertise for its presentation and, sometimes, its research. Aesthetic journalism opens up fruitful new avenues for investigation and storytelling, but what are the issues that it raises?
Eyal Weizman, Renzo Martens, Molly Crabapple, Charlotte Cook. Chair: Alfredo Cramerotti.
Saturday 20th October
10.15am -- 10.30am
The Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Award
Presented by Compassion in Care and The Whistler.
10.30 -- 10.45
SOURCE PROTECTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
10.45 -- 11.45am
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS?
A thicket of legislation in the UK and US aims to frustrate whistleblowers, and the digital era throws up whole new threats to their interests. What is the best way to protect whistleblowers, both before they make the decision to speak to a journalist and once the story is published?
Frederik Obermaier, Stéphanie Gibaud, Jesselyn Radack. Delphine Halgand. Chair: Julie Posetti.
12.00 -- 12:15
THE HACK LEAK COMBO
12:15 -- 13:15
CYBER CRIME AND IRL PUNISHMENT
While the United States is well-known for its draconian punishments for hackers, the United Kingdom is quietly following suit. Using examples from their own work, hackers, activists, and journalists discuss the legal framework which governs cyber crime on both sides of the Atlantic, and why we should all be worried.
Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis, Lauri Love, and Barrett Brown. Chair: Naomi Colvin
14:15 -- 14:30
LEGAL CHALLENGES TO THE TRUTH IN IRELAND
14:30 -- 15:30
REPORTING THE TROUBLES: THEN AND NOW
From official British censorship during the Troubles to the “chilling effect” involved in navigating the peace, getting to the truth about the conflict in Northern Ireland has never been easy, and may even be growing more difficult. In a climate thick with political sensitivities and legal intimidation, a writer, a reporter and a documentary-maker talk about how best to get to the truth in Northern Ireland, and what stands in the way.
Ed Moloney, Eoin McNamee, and Sinead O’Shea. Chair: James Harkin
15:30 -- 15:45
THE YEMEN DATA PROJECT
15:45 - 16.00
COUNTING THE DEAD IN IRAQ
16.15 -- 17.00
INVESTIGATION: KHAN SHEIKHOUN
On April 4 2017 the release of toxic chemicals killed scores of people in the Northern Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun: the OPCW attributed the deaths to the Syrian Air Force. Two investigator experts bring very different tools try to shed light on what happened that day, followed by a conversation between them.
Theodore Postol and Eliot Higgins.
17:00 - 18:00
WHITE HELMETS AND BLACK-OPS: THE PROPAGANDA WARS OVER SYRIA
With the Syrian conflict in its 8th year, the propaganda on all sides grows ever more intense, never more so than in the barrage of conflicting narratives about the role of The White Helmets. Are they a volunteer organisation working to rescue Syrians on all sides, a propaganda front for Western governments or allies of Al-Qaeda? More generally, can we believe all we read on the mainstream media on Syria - and how do we get to the truth about Syria?
Patrick Cockburn, Anand Gopal, Nour Samaha, and Mowaffaq Safadi. Chair: James Harkin
18.00 -- 19:00
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS?
Many serious reporters now make their living as freelancers, with even less support than they enjoyed before. With mafia states, organised crime, and international jihadism circling the profession, what are the contemporary occupational hazards for independent journalists, and what can be done to protect them?
Pavla Holcova, May Jeong, Laurent Richard, and Michael Scott Moore. Chair: Colin Pereira