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The Limits of FOIA

Presentation: Nicholson Baker vs the CIA Nearly a decade ago, while investigating the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, one of America’s most inventive and challenging novelists Nicholson Baker requested a series of Air Force documents under the provisions of the U.S.

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Ian Cobain
Jason Leopold
Nabiha Syed
Nicholson Baker
Paul O’Connor

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The Limits of FOIA: Nicholson Baker

Nearly a decade ago, while investigating the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, one of America’s most inventive and challenging novelists Nicholson Baker requested a series of Air Force documents under the provisions of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Thus began the odyssey of non-discovery and a frustrating paper trail in search of the truth which he documents in his new book Baseless. For Symposium Baker talks about the limits of FOIA and what can be done about them.

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Follow the Data: Corruption, Leaks & People vs. Power

Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli, this talk on how open-source intelligence tools and collective strategies reconfigure investigations brings together investigative television journalist Natalie Sedletska, software artisan and ethical hacker Denis “Jaromil” Roio, and data team lead at OCCRP Friedrich Lindenberg.

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Denis Roio
Friedrich Lindenberg
Natalie Sedletska
Tatiana Bazzichelli

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I’ve Been Hacked!

From the NSO Group to Wirecard via the activities of groups like Black Cube, Hacking Team and FinFisher, the last few years have seen a worrying trend - especially in collaborative, cross-border investigation - for governments and shady corporates to deploy spyware and private investigators to hack the phones of journalists and political dissidents.

Featuring:

Dan McCrum
John Scott-Railton
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Runa Sandvik

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Investigating Islamism

How far should a journalist go when it comes to investigating radical Islamism, and what are the dangers? What methods work best - undercover reporting online, the interpretation of documents, social media analysis, documentary or on-the-ground reporting?

Featuring:

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
James Harkin
Janina Findeisen
Kevin B. Lee
Tam Hussein

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Investigating Islamism: Aymenn Jawad Al Tamimi

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi discusses his experience of being detained by the UK's counter terrorism police for his research into the Islamic State.

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Locking Down Debate?

Have the convulsions of Covid-19 opened to the door to a creeping censoriousness, surveillance and authoritarianism? Are big tech companies shutting down debate and stoking conspiracy theories by excluding controversial voices, and is the technology for coronavirus surveillance and the social measures to combat it as useful as it seems?

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Barbora Bukovská
David Rose
Martin Williams

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Locking Down Debate: Siarhei Satsuk

Siarhei Satsuk, is Editor of the online newspaper Yezhednevnik and is well known for his investigative reporting on Belarus’ healthcare system. For the last three years Satsuk has focused on uncovering corruption inside the Ministry of Health in Belarus. On March 25 2020, officers of the State Control Committee, which oversees the country’s financial investigations, detained Satsuk for his reporting. He faced up to ten years in prison for an editorial casting doubt on the official Covid-19 statistics and criticising an order issued by President Alexander Lukashenko to “deal with” media outlets that are “sowing panic” about the epidemic. Most recently he has published a series of investigations exposing a huge level of corruption in the state procurement of drugs and medical devices. The investigations lead to some high level officials in the law enforcement agencies and even to Lukashenko’s eldest son.

Here he speaks about his experiences reporting on the pandemic in Belarus.

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Digging Italy: Doing Investigative Reporting in Italy

Doing investigative reporting in Italy can be dangerous and complex. Overall, Italian journalism lacks a strong investigative culture comparable to the one of the Anglo-Saxon world and, with some exceptions in broadcasting and other actors, Italian media tend to dedicate little attention to investigative reporting.

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Alberto Nerazzini
Cecilia Anesi
Philip Di Salvo
Sasha Joelle Achilli

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Opening the Black Box

With the resort to facial recognition technology and algorithms by governments and the private sector, big data and the “artificial” intelligence required to process that data are being deployed without any real accountability. What can journalists and their allies do to investigate these opaque new technologies, and how can we support them?

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April Glaser
Cory Doctorow
Eyal Weizman
Jack Poulson
Tim Maughan

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Opening the Black Box: Jack Poulson

Jack Poulson, Executive Director of the tech accountability non-profit Tech Inquiry gives a presentation on tech lobbying and his new work and research.

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Opening the Black Box: Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman, Director of Forensic Architecture discusses being banned from the US by algorithm with CIJ Director James Harkin.

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The Trial of Golden Dawn

Dubbed by the media as "the biggest trial of fascists since Nuremberg", the trial of the Greek neo-nazis concluded in late October with the conviction of the organisation’s leadership in long prison sentences. This panel is a collaboration between the CIJ Logan Symposium and Reporters United.

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Chrisa Papadopoulou
Ioanna Meitani
Ioannis Papadopoulos
Nikolas Leontopoulos
Stefanos Levidis

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Blaming the Messenger

With the rise of the Gilets Jaunes and Black Lives Matter movements and the furores over police brutality everywhere from France to the US to Belarus, how best do we defend and protect freelance journalists from attack by police, government and the state?

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Banjo Damilola
Eloïse Bajou
Jiayang Fan
Rebecca Vincent
Trevor Timm

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Blaming the Messenger: Trevor Timm

Executive Director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation presents the Foundation's work on their Press Freedom Tracker.

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Dissidence, Exile and How to Fight for Truth from Afar: Ai Weiwei in conversation with Edward Snowden

Ai Weiwei in Conversation with Edward Snowden

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Blowing the Whistle

Tyler Schultz is the whistleblower who first raised the alarm on Elizabeth Holmes's $10billion company Theranos. In conversation with Delphine Halgand-Mishra, Executive Director of The Signals Network, he discusses the experience of turning whistleblower against fashionable big business and venture capital, the legal archipelago which often confronts those who speak out, the experience of dealing with journalists, and the wider implications of the case.

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Delphine Halgand-Mishra
Tyler Shultz

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The New Intermediaries

Autumn 2020: The trials of Rui Pinto in Lisbon and Julian Assange in London, at almost exactly the same time and on similar charges, have made even more pressing the question of how to defend the new intermediaries working in and around investigative journalism to challenge power.
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Clive Stafford Smith
William Bourdon

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Opening Remarks: Stella Moris

The opening session concludes with a keynote from Stella Moris, South Africa-born human rights lawyer, and the fiancée of Julian Assange and mother of his two children. Stella is fighting against Julian’s extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States.

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Opening Plenary

What does it really mean to be an investigative journalist in the 21st Century, and how is the profession changing? Do the current threats to investigative journalism come from governments and the law, or from elsewhere – terrorists, mafia states, the purveyors of “disinformation” or the big technology companies, and foundations which increasingly fund it? What can we do to make our case to the public, and to keep journalism genuinely independent?

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Opening Remarks: Hatice Cengiz

A keynote from Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish academic and researcher in middle Eastern studies who is the partner of slain Washington Post editorialist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

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Opening Remarks: Richard Logan

Opening remarks from Richard Logan, President of The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

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CIJ Logan 2020 Theme Trailer: Collective Intelligence

Why Collective Intelligence?

Journalist-led and curated by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the 4th CIJ Logan Symposium brings together some of the world’s most formidable and creative investigators to think about how best to take advantage of this new collective intelligence, and how better to build fresh international alliances against the encroachment of surveillance, official secrecy and censorship. More info

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Gavin Macfadyen Opening of CIJ Logan Symposium (2014)

The inaugural talk by CIJ founder, held at The Barbican centre London in December 2014.

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Julian Assange (2014)

Julian Assange talk for the CIJ Logan 2014

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Julian Assange - Guide to Whistleblowers

Julian Assange - Guide to Whistleblowers

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A History of Hacking (2018)

A presentation on the cultural history of the hacking movement from Gabriella Coleman.

Footage shot on 20 October 2018 at The Centre for Investigative Journalism's Logan Symposium: Conspiracy at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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What Should We Be Afraid Of? (2018)

The first panel of the symposium investigates the landscape of contemporary surveillance and official secrecy in the UK, the US and beyond.

Chair: Betsy Reed, Editor The Intercept

Duncan Campbell, Veteran Investigative Journalist
John Goetz, ARD-Hauptstadtstudio
Ian Cobain, The Guardian

Footage shot on 19 October 2018 at The Centre for Investigative Journalism's Logan Symposium: Conspiracy at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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The Death of Khashoggi and the Reach of Surveillance Regimes (2019)

What can the death of Jamal Khashoggi tell us about the sophisticated machinery of surveillance in the Gulf, Turkey and beyond? David Kirkpatrick, who investigated the Khashoggi case for The New York Times, in conversation with Matthew Hedges.

David Kirkpatrick has served as The New York Times’s Cairo Bureau Chief and its Middle East Correspondent. His new book is "The Hands of Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East".

Matthew Hedges is a PhD candidate at Durham University who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the UAE for alleged espionage before being pardoned in November.

This talk is part of the #LOGANCIJ events.

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About CIJ Stream

The CIJ Stream is a digital broadcast platform created by The Centre for Investigative Journalism for the 4th edition of the CIJ Logan Symposium, featuring the following channels where you can watch:

1 Live stream of the main stage sessions on November 16-19, 2020

2 Sessions: Recordings of the main stage sessions available on demand

3 Archive: Staff picks from previous editions of the CIJ Logan Symposium

4 Open Lab: Commissioned and curated videos from the CIJ Open Lab database - TBA announced on November 17

Follow the live coverage on Twitter: @cijlogan #CIJLogan2020
Kindly supported by The Reva & David Logan Foundation.


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