Ethical Hackers + Investigative Journos... GAME OVER?
2020-12-27, 18:00–20:00, r3s - Monheim/Rhein
Language: English

What happened in these 10 years, as our communities saw courageous hackers and journalists sharing skills and joining forces to expose the lies, corruption and war crimes of the World... and are now witnessing a mass-campaign of intimidation of journalists, publishers and whistleblowers? What did we lose on the way? What is at stake?


10 years ago, major WikiLeaks releases revolutionized the way investigative journalism was being done through the biggest cooperation of big and small news outlets wordwide. An unprecedented alliance of ethical hackers and courageous journalists introduced to the general public techniques such as anonymization of sources, secure communications, un-censorable publication, data-mining and data-based journalism, around the publication of "Collateral Murder", "Cablegate", the Iraq and Afghanistan "War Logs". Since then, the Obama administration initiated an unprecedented war on journalism, using the 1917 espionage act against whistleblowers and publishers more times than it has ever been used before. Trump continued this repressive effort and next week, on Jan 4th 2021, a verdict is due in Assange's US extradition case, where he faces 175 years in Colorado's super-max prison. This open discussion, in the form of a cross-interview, will bring together investigative journalists who partnered with WikiLeaks in 2010 and have followed closely the Assange and WikiLeaks story since. They have covered Assange's extradition hearing and gave their expert witness testimonies in court. They will discuss hackers and journalists' common history, the current state of things and, hopefully, perspectives for the future.

Stefania Maurizi is an Italian investigative journalist, currently working for the major Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, after working 14 years for the Italian daily la Repubblica and for the Italian newsmagazine l'Espresso. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents, and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden files about Italy. She has also interviewed A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb, revealed the condolence payment agreement between the US government and the family of the Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto killed in a US drone strike, and investigated the harsh working conditions of Pakistani workers in a major Italian garment factory in Karachi. She has started a multijurisdictional FOIA litigation effort to defend the right of the press to access the full set of documents on the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case. She authored two books: Dossier WikiLeaks. Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie, the latter translated into Japanese.

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John Goetz was born in Chicago in 1962 and studied at Cornell University in New York. He worked as a freelance author for the LA Times, the Sunday Times, was a member of the ARD Panorma editorial team and editor at SPIEGEL. In 2011 he founded the research cooperation between NDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung with Stephan Wels and Hans Leyendecker, which in 2013 resulted in the project "Secret War", for which Goetz was awarded the RIAS Prize for German-American Friendship. In 2010 he was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize. His film "Jagd auf Snowden" won the German Television Academy Award for the best documentary film in 2015.