The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Locking down Debate?

Have the convulsions of Covid-19 opened to the door to a creeping censoriousness, surveillance and authoritarianism? Are big tech companies shutting down debate and stoking conspiracy theories by excluding controversial voices, and is the technology for coronavirus surveillance and the social measures to combat it as useful as it seems? Where do we draw the line between civility and censorship, and between necessary surveillance and snooping? Are we sleepwalking into the militarisation of our streets?

This is a DAY-3 Main Stage event. Visit our registration page for more information on how to attend.

18 November 2020 – DAY 3 - Locking down Debate?


Barbora Bukovská

Barbora Bukovská is a human rights attorney and activist, known for her work on racial discrimination of Romani people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Since 2009, she has been a Senior Director for Law and Policy at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation.

David Rose

David Rose is a veteran investigative journalist who has written for publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday and Vanity Fair. His seven books include Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South, and Guantanamo: America’s War on Human Rights.

Martin Williams

Martin Williams is an investigative journalist and Specialist Producer at Channel 4 News. Martin is the author of Parliament Ltd.

Silkie Carlo

Silkie Carlo is the Director of Big Brother Watch. She is a lifelong campaigner for the protection of civil liberties, particularly in the context of new and emerging technologies. She works to uphold rights in the fields of state surveillance, policing technologies, big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online.
  • 18 November 2020 13.00–14.30
Location: Main Stage - Online
This event will be recorded