The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

4th CIJ Logan Symposium

Collective Intelligence

16–19 November 2020

Amidst the global pandemic, the CIJ Logan Symposium goes online. This November we present four days of challenging conversations, presentations and workshops; tackling everything from algorithms to state-sponsored surveillance, from official intimidation to insidious new forms of censorship.

Below you will find links to our on-demand stream player to (re)watch this year’s panel discussions and presentations, and links to special events and experiments.

If you’d like to receive news & updates about the programme, enter your email address below


You’ve missed it or want to rewatch some of the panel discussions? Not a problem – check out our on-demand Symposium stream player.

Masterclass: Using OpenCorporates for Investigations

OpenCorporates is the largest open database of companies in the world and the first port of call for any investigator wanting to find out information about a company.

18 November

Roundtable: Building Databases for Transparency

From troves of leaked documents to huge datasets and scraped collations of public records, what are the priorities of those that need these resources to dig deeper and use the information to hold the powerful to account?

17 November

Masterclass: FOIA Terrorism

Few people have put the Freedom of Information Act to such good use in pursuit of the public interest as Jason Leopold, the investigative journalist the FBI referred to as a ‘FOIA Terrorist’.

18 November

Masterclass: Investigating Procurement

The global response to COVID-19 has put procurement in the spotlight. Masks, school lunches, potholes: that’s where the government put taxpayer’s money to work. Globally, US $13 trillion is spent on contracts with private companies.

19 November

Masterclass: Infosec for Journalists

This masterclass series is comprised of four 90-min hands-on sessions on information security for journalists. It will cover the risks associated to digital technologies and mitigation strategies that can be employed to improve our security, as citizens and as professionals. This course has now finished

16 - 19 November

Open Lab

The Open Lab is a new initiative from the CIJ Logan Symposium to promote work at the intersection of investigative journalism and the arts.

Smoking Gun

A whistleblower contacts you, and says they have information which the public should see. As you’re drawn into a world of politics, corruption and surveillance, who can you trust? Tickets are now on sale for Fast Familiar’s interactive thriller.

14th - 18th November 2020. Limited availability.
Price: £12


Published: 18 Nov 2020

Open Lab launch

We're delighted to be able to launch the Open Lab, a new initiative from the CIJ promoting work at the intersection of journalism and the arts. From the new Creative Investigations Database, to new commissions from Kevin B Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné, and Navine G.
Published: 15 Nov 2020

New speaker: Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden will join Ai Weiwei for a conversation on ‘Dissidence, Exile and How to Fight for Truth from afar’. Tune in on 16 Nov @ 6pm GMT.
Published: 02 Nov 2020

Training now online!

You can now book your place on some of this year’s limited availability CIJ Masterclasses and roundtable discussions. For more information visit our registration page.
Published: 07 Oct 2020

Programme announcement

We’re thrilled to announce the first batch of conversations and panel discussions for this years Symposium. We’ll be announcing more panels, presentations, workshops and events in the coming weeks.
Published: 06 Oct 2020

Introducing our speakers

With interventions from AI WEIWEI, CORY DOCTOROW, ELOÏSE BAJOU, EYAL WEIZMAN, HATICE CENGIZ, IAN COBAIN, JACK POULSON, JANINA FINDEISEN, JIAYANG FAN, NABIHA SYED, NICHOLSON BAKER, STELLA MORIS, and TIM MAUGHAN, this year’s symposium will be bringing together some of the world’s most creative thinkers to discuss how best to take advantage of our new collective intelligence, and how to build better international alliances against the encroachment of surveillance, official secrecy and censorship.