11-12 March 2016 / bcc Berlin

Building an alliance against Secrecy, Surveillance and Censorship

The Logan CIJ Symposium brought together a unique and powerful coalition of individuals with a single goal – the defence of freedom and democracy. This second gathering was held in Berlin on 11-12 March, 2016 at bcc (Berlin Congress Center).

Over the years, facts like those revealed by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden have made clear that we are all vulnerable. Our human rights are at risk.

For journalists, the disclosures impacted what we do and, importantly, how we do it. Remarkably, we also discovered allies we didn’t know we had.

Journalists offer “white hat” hackers a social and political context, and are specialists in the presentation and interpretation of facts for a broader audience. Hackers, experts in exposing and protecting critical evidence-based material, bring formidable skills and access to information in our increasingly data-driven society.

When joined by artists, whistleblowers, legal and security experts, these communities offer each other and the general public the basis for a highly charged and informed debate. The Logan CIJ Symposium aimed to strengthen these alliances and inspire people to challenge power. The Logan CIJ Symposium highlighted the importance of high quality investigative journalism. It stands for the commitment to a world free of authoritarian invasions of privacy that creates fear and threatens free association.

We invited leading international experts: outstanding speakers shared stories about the latest technologies, legal issues, and corporate practices which affect personal and press freedom. Discussing methods and grounds for collaboration all over the world. If you missed any of the sessions of were unable to attend the event, you can view the video recordings – what our presenters shared may surprise you.

If you care about the future of individual freedom and democracy – keep in touch and join us at the next Logan CIJ Symposium (details of the next Symposium will be announced soon).


The Reva and David Logan Foundation

The Reva and David Logan Foundation is a family foundation supporting outstanding work in the fields of social justice, academic scholarship, the arts, and investigative journalism.

Guided by the principles established by its founders, the Foundation intends to be a catalyst for well-chosen projects that would not be successful without its creative or financial support.

The Foundation’s support for CIJ has enabled a wide range of activities, including the publication of the Logan Handbooks which cover Corporate Filings, Information Security, Investigative Photography, FOIA and Data Protection, and Factual Storytelling… with more to come.

“The Logan Foundation chose to support the Centre for Investigative Journalism over the years because we are convinced that their focused activities will help protect the health of democracy wherever it is under threat,” says Richard Logan, Logan Foundation Director. “The CIJ’s blend of training and advocacy coupled with their extraordinary commitment to the highest principles of journalism have time and again shown real impact. I would encourage any individual, foundation or corporation that wishes to stem the erosion of fundamental freedoms to join us in our sponsorship of CIJ — they are the real deal.”