11-12 March 2016 / bcc Berlin

Programme 2014

Friday 5th Dec

08:30
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & COFFEE
and browse the marketplace

09:30

INTRODUCING THE FIGHT

WELCOME
Gavin MacFadyen

OPENING KEYNOTE
Seymour Hersh

Moderator: Laura Flanders


10:30
COFFEE

11:00

SYSTEMS OF SURVEILLANCE

ECHELON
Duncan Campbell

SURVEILLANCE IN INDIA
Maria Xynou

NSA
James Bamford

Moderator: Caroline Nevejan


12:30
LUNCH Workshops – Get tech savvy in 30 minutes, legal advice and browse the marketplace – ‘street food’ lunch available in the Garden Room and Conservatory

13:30

WHAT WE DO NOT SEE

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AND PROPAGANDA
John Pilger

INVISIBLE USERS
Olia Lialina

WORKING WITH THE SNOWDEN REVELATIONS
Andy Müller-Maguhn

SYSTEMS WE NEED
Ross Anderson

Moderator: Gavin MacFadyen


15:30
BREAK

16:00

HACKING EUROPE

THEATRE: WAU-PENGO 1989
Angela Richter

ACADEMIC HISTORY OF HACKING EUROPE
Ruth Oldenziel & Gerard Alberts

THE FUTURE OF HACKING
Bernd Fix

Moderator: Caroline Nevejan


17:00
TEA

17:30

THE SNOWDEN EXAMPLE

Laura Poitras via video link

Introduction: Laura Flanders


18:00

DOING LEAKS JUSTICE

Sarah Harrison via video link

Moderator: Gavin MacFadyen


18:30
     Read by Francis Magee

19:00
DRINKS

Saturday 6th Dec

09:30
BREAKFAST & COFFEE
and browse the marketplace

10:00

WHISTLEBLOWING

WHISTLEBLOWING IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM
Eileen Chubb

INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE OF WHISTLEBLOWERS
Bea Edwards

Moderator: Gavin MacFadyen


11:00
COFFEE

11:30

METHODS FOR INVESTIGATION

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Anne Cadwallader
Paul O’Connor

WORKING WITH WHISTLEBLOWERS
Nicky Hager

MEDICAL RECORDS: MAYHEM AND MISHAP
Karin Spaink

Moderator: Laura Flanders


12:30
LUNCH Workshops – Get tech savvy in 30 minutes, legal advice and browse the marketplace – ‘street food’ lunch available in the Garden Room and Conservatory
12:30
THEATRE: WAU-PENGO 1989
Angela Richter

14:00

VISION OF TIMES TO COME

ON TRUTH
Charles Lewis

ON VISUAL INVESTIGATIONS
Kadir van Lohuizen

ON INVESTIGATING MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES
Lowell Bergman

Moderator: Caroline Nevejan


15:30
BREAK

16:00

STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL

OPERATIONAL SECURITY
Annie Machon

SECURITY DILEMMAS IN PUBLISHING LEAKS
Sander Venema

ANONYMITY
Jacob Appelbaum via video link

ADVERSARY RESISTANT COMPUTING
David Mirza Ahmad

Moderator: Gavin MacFadyen


17:00
TEA

17:30

KEYNOTE: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Julian Assange via video link

Moderator: Laura Flanders


18:30
1st performance

19:30
2nd performance

BIG DATA POETRY

The Garden Room

Michel Banabila & Geert Mul


DRINKS

Sunday 7th Dec

10:00
BREAKFAST & COFFEE
and browse the marketplace

10:30
Auditorium

FILM – CITIZENFOUR

Room 1

FIGHTING FOR NEW LAWS

Ben Emmerson QC
Gavin Millar QC
Carly Nyst

Moderator: Laura Flanders

Room 3

FREE SOFTWARE AND YOUR FREEDOM
Richard Stallman

 

Room 5

HACKING MAINSTREAM MEDIA
Andy Müller-Maguhn
Gavin MacFadyen
Lowell Bergman

Moderator: Caroline Nevejan


12:00
BRUNCH Workshops – Get tech savvy in 30 minutes, legal advice and browse the marketplace – brunch available in the Garden Room and Conservatory

13:00

VISUAL INVESTIGATIONS

CONFLICT ZONES
Paul Moreira

FORENSIC MEDIA
Susan Schuppli

OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE: THE MIGRANT FILES
Jean Marc Manach

ANYTHING TO SAY
Davide Dormino

Moderator: Caroline Nevejan


15:00
BREAK

15:30

FUTURE ALLIANCES

Jacob Appelbaum, Gavin MacFadyen, Jérémie Zimmermann, Karin Spaink, Nicky Hager

Moderator: Laura Flanders


17:00
TEA AND GOODBYE


Free Space for Free Speech

fsfs-1Would you like to contribute to the discussion? Our Free Space for Free Speech is open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00. Anyone is welcome to sign up for a 15 minute slot to present their thoughts and ideas as part of the ongoing debate around censorship, surveillance, secrecy, and other issues we currently face today.

 

Sign up on the day or reserve your space beforehand by contacting madeline@tcij.org.

 


Background

Introducing the Fight

Surveillance, censorship and secrecy exists throughout history. It is only the methods which change in different eras and different cultures. To investigate the dominant power structures, demands knowledge, courage, rigour and smart use of sources and technologies. Being an investigative journalist is a dangerous profession.

Systems of Surveillance

Current IT technologies are operating at a pace and scale faster than ever before. As a result, governments have been developing systems of surveillance that are intruding deeply into the lives of millions of people. Many people are not aware of this. Speakers at the LoganCIJ Symposium are addressing specific surveillance systems in Europe, USA and India.

What We Do Not See

As citizens we do not see or hear most of what is going on behind the scenes in current media and technology developments. Today, in war zones, free investigation and honest reporting is hardly possible anymore. Journalists are often embedded in the army, which results in them becoming part of a propaganda campaign. Interfaces to the internet and mobile networks also veil the implications of the use of these technologies. When many secrets are exposed, as in the Snowden case, how do mainstream media select and favour certain facts over others? Ownership of media and deep connections between governments and media affect what the public gets to see.

Are there systems we can think of that do not allow for mass spying and intrusion of millions of people?

Hacking Europe

Since the 1980’s in Europe, and in other parts of the world as well, hackers united and started to ‘hack’ to show how global systems were being developed with massive spying capacity. This had promised to be safe and trustworthy, but despite assurances, the systems were not safe and trustworthy at all. To be a hacker, someone who is capable of making a smart intervention in the system, one has skills and intentions that involve serious responsibilities. In the Chaos Computer Club the debate on ‘hacker ethics’ has been vital since the CCC was founded in 1987. This session in the symposium starts with a theatre play that is based on the transcription of a conversation in 1989 between Wau Holland, one of CCC’s founders, and a young hacker called Pengo, who had just collaborated with the KGB.

The book Hacking Europe is also presented in this session which gives us for the first time an overview about different ‘hacking practices’ in different European countries over the last few decades; including for example, events that happened during the Yugoslav war (1991-1999). This history of resistance against the emerging surveillance society is more diverse than is often realised.

Given the rich history of hacking in Europe and in particular the history of the CCC, what future of the CCC can be envisioned?

The Snowden Example

Laura Poitras will discuss how the Snowden revelations were orchestrated. She is the documentary filmmaker whom Edward Snowden contacted after having collected the NSA material. She then contacted the journalist Glenn Greenwald to make his disclosures public. Poitras made the film Citizenfour about all these events, which will be shown Sunday morning.

Doing Leaks Justice

How to publish large data collections of leaked documents for global impact? What does full source protection really mean? How to publish documents to allow for justice to be brought and history to be preserved? From the publisher that paved the way in publishing more secret documents than the rest of the world’s media combined there are a number of lessons to be learnt in the battles they have fought. WikiLeaks Investigations Editor, Sarah Harrison will examine the issues they have faced and the methods they have used to survive in the face of the largest investigation into a publisher ever seen.

Roll Call

In countries around the world investigative journalists and hackers are persecuted and put in jail for telling the truth. Often isolated in their fight, CIJ is an invaluable resource for support and intelligence gathering for these fighters and for young journalists who are learning how to fight.

Whistleblowing

When someone who is working in an organisation finds out about things that are going wrong and are being covered up, it is not easy to decide to become a whistleblower. When you do, former colleagues can turn against you and those in power will do anything to prevent a whistleblower from telling their story. Whistleblowers face considerable hardship, public exposure, and many threats. Whether a hospital nurse or laboratory technician or a high official in the security services, their legal defence requires rigorous investigations and it is often hard to get proof. In this session both the choice to become a whistleblower as well as the legal defence of whistleblowers are discussed.

Methods for Investigation

Being an investigative journalist in the era of ubiquitous technology requires special skills in protecting sources and working with whistleblowers. The Internet is a source for surveillance and secrecy, as it is a source for investigation. Especially in the alliance between investigative journalists and hackers, mayhem and mishap can be exposed.

Vision of Times to Come

Big data monitors the behaviour of millions of people; secrecy in business networks is beyond public perception; nation states put large scale smart surveillance systems in place and we have 24/7 media everywhere.

What happens to the truth? In this fast pace of global information flows, what legal futures can we envisage? The law is contained in nation states so far, and for example, multinational corporations move globally to where opportunity emerges and there is little transparency or accountability.
How can investigative journalists of the future unveil the expanding networks of secrecy? Can the dark Internet be better understood?

Strategies for Survival

When involved in any activity that those in power consider dangerous, strategies for safe communication are vital. Old school tactics are less known these days, but can save lives in the era of omnipresent technology. On the other hand, we also need new communication systems; we need new operating systems in which individuals remain in control of their own data and data flows.

Keynote: Fundamental Rights

In the Cypherpunk book and conversations that were broadcast by Russian TV, Julian Assange argues that fundamental rights underlying our human rights are in jeopardy because of today’s all pervasive systems of surveillance and power alliances. Under threat are our freedom to communicate, our freedom of movement and our right to do transactions.

Big Data Poetry

Big Data Poetry is an audiovisual live performance by Geert Mul (Images) and Michel Banabila (Sound). Samples, vowels and consonants of various linguistic systems are formed into soundscapes by Michel Banabila, while millions of random downloaded images are stitched into stop motion animations by Geert Mul. During the performance Mul and Banabila are led by the flow of the moment, manipulating sound and image in relation to each other. In an increasingly globalizing world this performance generates variations and diversity, in a new, poetic and sometimes intimidating audiovisual data-based language.

Meet, Learn and Unite

These morning sessions offer participants the opportunity to engage in deeper and longer conversations on specific issues. Surveillance and censorship around the world is well organised. Countering these forces demands that we meet, learn and unite.

Citizenfour, by
Laura Poitras

Documentary about how a journalist (Glenn Greenwald), a filmmaker (Laura Poitras) and an NSA contractor (Edward Snowden) worked together to expose this century’s biggest political scandal to date.

Fighting for New Laws

How do legal systems need to adapt and be transformed in the era of mass surveillance in which privacy and freedom of speech are becoming less and less respected as the foundations of the democracies we live in.
With: Ben Emmerson and Gavin Millar

Hacking Mainstream Media

When the Wikileaks cables and after the Snowden revelations were gathered, there were for a while journalistic processes through which main stream media played a significant role, including Der Spiegel, Le Monde, El País, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, RTV, and many national newspapers around the globe participated in publishing this material. How does such a process work now? What are the do’s and don’ts? How can such a process be orchestrated effectively in the digital age?
With: Andy Müller-Maguhn, 
Gavin MacFadyen

Free Software and Your Freedom

This session is dedicated to the concept of free software. Free software gives users the freedom to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, modify, and distribute the original software and the adapted versions. This concept is the basis of almost all security solutions we are likely to use.
With: Richard Stallman

Visual Investigations

We are living in an increasingly visual culture. Many people are making images and films as part of their day-to-day experience. But how does truth emerge through this? Investigative filmmakers and investigative journalists and photographers face specific issues in being able to circulate the results of their investigation via mainstream media. New technologies are offering new ways of researching and on-line publishing of investigations. Seemingly neutral, these technologies represent structures of power. Forensic media and big data can significantly change the way we perceive the discourse of truth-telling.

Future Alliances

Building an alliance against surveillance censorship and secrecy requires new ways of exchanging knowledge and establishing trust between journalists and hacker/ technologists and anonymous sources. How can such alliances be built? What are the requirements for such alliances to be productive?
With: Lowell Bergman,
Nicky Hager,
Jacob Appelbaum, Karin Spaink


Every Day 2014

The following complimentary opportunities were part of the Symposium 2014:


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Free Space for Free Speech

The Free Space for Free Speech sessions were available throughout the Symposium 2014. Anyone was welcome to sign up for a 15 minute slot to present their thoughts and ideas as part of the ongoing debate around censorship, surveillance, secrecy, and other issues we currently face today.


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NewsPeeks Live – Pop-up TV station for and by young people

NewsPeeks Live creates news content for teenagers that gives them a place to voice the issues they care about.

They encourage young people to come to their own conclusions after hearing a range of different perspectives and opinions, beyond just those held by their parents or teachers.

Videos, articles, commentary, interviews and conversations with speakers and audience – all available now! Stay tuned on our Twitter, Facebook and Youtube for the latest information!


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ANYTHING TO SAY? A Public Art Project For Freedom

Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies.

Most statues in public spaces commemorate warriors. The Dormino statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war. Manning, Assange and Snowden accepted their loss of freedom. While you remain free, thank them by erecting this reminder that we can refuse to collaborate with unaccountable power.


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Crypto-Genius-Bar (in association with ThoughtWorks)

Encryption is an important skill in today’s world. Our Crypto-Genius-Bar is hosted by Simon Vans-Colina and Arjen Kamphuis. They offered to get you tech-savvy in 30 minutes or answer questions at any time during the Symposium 2014. The complimentary sessions covered various forms of encryption for e-mail, web browsing, and chatting.

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LegalBar

Attacks on journalists, hacktivists and whistleblowers are becoming more frequent and the legal lines are often blurred. During the Symposium 2014 sessions were offered at a complimentary LegalBar where you could discuss any legal questions or concerns you may have with our group of specialised lawyers.

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Hacking with Care

The world of journalism and hacktivism can be stressful and intense. Delegates at the Symposium 2014 were able to enjoy a complimentary head and shoulder massage from Emily King in the beautiful and relaxing conservatory.


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Exhibition on Visualising Big Data

The exhibition Places & Spaces demonstrates the power of maps to address vital questions about the contours and content of human knowledge in the era of big data. Created by leading figures in the natural, physical, and social sciences, scientometrics, visual arts, social and science policymaking, and the humanities, these maps allow us to better grasp the abstract contexts, relationships, and dynamism of human systems and collective intelligence. Individually and as a whole, they allow data to tell stories which both the specialist and the layperson can understand and appreciate.

The maps in the Places & Spaces exhibit range from groundbreaking historic maps, including a figurative map of Napolean’s march to Moscow, to visualizations on the cutting edge of the most current trends and dynamics, like a map of the US national mood based on tweets and a map illustrating linkages between eight different-language Wikipedias. The exhibit is a 10-year effort, with 10 new maps added each year, culminating in a breathtaking collection of 100 maps submitted by mapmakers across the globe.


Marketplace

Central (and important) to the Symposium were a mass of tables and stalls showcasing new software and hardware, new publications and books; NGOs specialising in human rights, civil liberties, legal defence, environmental protection, whistleblowing, investigations, Free Internet, data training and Open Source information.

TBIJ
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism was formed and is funded on the assumption that investigative journalism is indispensable to democracy in providing the public with the knowledge and facts about the way in which important institutions in our society operate, so that they can be fully informed citizens. It pursues journalism which is of public benefit and undertakes in-depth research into the governance of public,private and third sector organisations and their influence.

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Corporate Watch

Corporate Watch is an independent research group that investigates the social and environmental impacts of corporations and corporate power. It strives for a society that is truly democratic, equitable, non-exploitative and ecologically sustainable. Its work includes investigative journalism, analysis and publishing.

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The Courage Foundation

The Courage Foundation is an international organisation that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record. It fund-raises for the legal and public defence of specific individuals who fit those criteria and are subject to serious prosecution or persecution. Courage also campaigns for the protection of truthtellers and the public’s right to know generally.

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Dartmouth Films

Dartmouth Films is one of the UK’s leading independent documentary makers – making important films outside the conventional television structure. Films which expose the operations of Big Pharma (Fire in The Blood, 2012), films which expose the threat to our environment (The End of the Line,2009) and John Pilger’s searching investigations (The War You Don’t See, 2010, and Utopia, 2013) – to name just a few of our productions. We have pioneered new ways of funding and distributing films and championed the work of new and emerging filmmakers.

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Interests

Interests is about to launch as a private and confidential mobile app for discussion in qualified groups without using real names. It’s a tool which has the potential to protect and nurture free speech, privacy, the right to organise, and whistleblowing. Interests ran a trial discussion group for attendees at the Symposium 2014.

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LEAP

Like free speech, the right to whisper is an necessary precondition for a free society. Without it, civil society and political freedom become impossible. LEAP is dedicated to giving all internet users access to secure communication: our focus is on adapting encryption technology to make it extremely easy to use and more secure than existing tools.

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National Union of Journalists

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is the representative voice for journalists and media professionals across the UK and Ireland. Founded in 1907, the NUJ is one of the biggest journalists’ unions in the world. It represents staff and freelancers working at home and abroad in the broadcast media, newspapers, news agencies, magazines, books, public relations, communications, online media and photography.

The NUJ is an inclusive union and represents a broad range of media professionals. We strive to improve the pay and conditions of our members and protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards. The NUJ is an active union – our members campaign and negotiate to ensure we are properly rewarded for the skilled work we do. The union is represented in towns and cities all over the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe. NUJ members act together to improve living standards and working lives.

The industry has never needed an active and strong union as much as it does now.

OR Books

OR Books is a new type of publishing company. It embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business. OR Books’ list is highly selective: it publishes just one or two books a month, combining established authors with new discoveries.

To avoid the waste of unsold stock and returns, they produce books only when they are wanted, either through print-on-demand or as platform-agnostic e-books.

This system allows a rapid publishing turnaround so relevant books can intervene quickly in issues of the day.

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Request Initiative

Request Initiative is a non-profit research organisation that works to empower civil society by revealing the structures that underlie our systems of power and governance. It is founded on the principle that a functioning democracy is enhanced where there is equality of information shared between institutions and citizens. Request Initiative uses information law to perform investigations both on its own behalf and for leading UK charities, as well as promoting wider transparency by training journalists and campaigners in its methods.

Rory Peck Trust

The Rory Peck Trust is dedicated to the support, safety and welfare of freelance journalists around the world. The principal objectives of RPT are to provide practical assistance to freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide, to raise their profile, promote their welfare and safety, and to support their right to report freely and without fear.

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Security First

Security First works to increase the security of human rights defenders. The organisation is creating ‘Umbrella’, a free open source mobile application that provides all the information and tools needed for a human rights defender (HRD) to operate safely. It also regularly trains activists and journalists in advanced security methods such as source protection, physical counter-surveillance and cyber-security.

Springer Science+Business Media

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe – especially in Germany and the Netherlands – primarily for physicians and professionals working in healthcare and road safety education. Springer published roughly 2,200 English-language journals and more than 8,400 new books in 2013, and the group is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals.

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Tactical Tech

Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism and helps activists globally understand and manage their digital security and privacy risks.

Thought Works

Thought Works’ mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of a socially and economically just world. It brings people together to run a sustainable business, champion software excellence and revolutionise the IT industry,and advocate passionately for social and economic justice.

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The Whistler

The Whistler is a fellowship alliance that brings together Compassion in Care and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) with the intention of protecting all whistleblowers regardless of race, religion or politics. Whistleblowers come from almost every walk of life and our numbers are growing. Many have seen their work supported by the press and public interest campaigners and organisations. Others have risked a great deal but experienced serious difficulties and personal retribution for exposing injustice or corruption. We have helped many whistleblowers from the NHS, private medical care, financial and regulatory organisations, the police, the military, as well as government and office workers. What unites us is that we understand the value of bringing crimes, malpractice and acts of abuse into public scrutiny, to hold the employers, the wealthy and powerful to account. We aim to support and defend those who have taken the risks of exposing wrongdoing.

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organisation with a goal to bring important news and information to the public through the publication of original source material. It is home to a searchable database of over 8.5 million documents including the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications.

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WISE Up Action

WISE Up Action is a solidarity network of groups and individuals active in Wales, Ireland, Scotland & England (W.I.S.E.!) in support of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. We campaign on the streets and online, organise support events; distribute information and resources within the home countries; provide speakers for, and raise awareness at, appropriate events; and maintain a dedicated website as a public resource and as a blog, posting updates and reports. We co-ordinate a parallel campaign – Manning Family Fund – to support Chelsea Manning’s Wales-based family.