Digital Whistleblowing Platforms in Journalism

Encrypting Leaks

Authors: Di Salvo, Philip

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  • Analyzes the use of encryption tools in journalism
  • Features a qualitative study that considers the adoption of whistleblowing platforms in the journalistic field
  • Introduces the phenomenon of journalists and hackers coming together to support investigations
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This book analyzes whistleblowing platforms and the adoption of encryption tools in journalism. Whistleblowing platforms are becoming an important phenomenon for journalism in this era and offer safer solutions for communicating with whistleblowers and obtaining leaks. WikiLeaks and the Snowden case have been powerful game changers for today’s journalism, showing the potentials of and needs for encryption for journalistic purposes, together with the perils of surveillance. Whistleblowing platforms are also an interesting example of journalists and hackers coming together to support investigations with new tools and practices. The book introduces this phenomenon and features a qualitative study about whistleblowing platforms and their adoption in the journalistic field.


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Philip Di Salvo is Lecturer and a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Media and Journalism at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. He researches whistleblowing, leaks, and the relationships between journalism and hacking.

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“Whistleblowing has always been central to journalism’s mission to hold the powerful in check. But today, mass government and corporate surveillance make whistleblowers, and the journalists who partner with them, exceptionally vulnerable. Digital Whistleblowing Platforms in Journalism is about efforts around the world made by journalists and hackers to protect the flow of information between reporters and their sources. By exploring the development and use of whistleblowing platforms and tools in 15 countries, Philip Di Salvo offers a much needed analysis of how the technologies and practices at the center of journalism today are changing and why it matters.” (Adrienne Russell, Mary Laird Wood Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
“This book is the first explorative study specifically focussing on digital platforms designed to facilitate information security for journalists and whistleblowers. It is an important intervention into how we understand the operationalisation of mass leaks in a digital communications environment, and the boundaries between journalism and technology-oriented activism. Dr Di Salvo writes authoritatively in a style that is both clear and accessible, which that elucidates debates that are too often steeped in technical complexions. Given the increasingly hostile environment for journalists, even in liberal democracies, this book is essential reading for anyone concerned with source protection and safety of journalists.” (Einar Thorsen, Professor of Journalism and Communication, Bournemouth University, UK)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Whistleblowing Platforms in Journalism
Book Subtitle
Encrypting Leaks
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38505-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38505-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38504-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 188
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