Digital whistleblowing technologies for investigative journalism and anti-corruption initiatives

Philip Di Salvo (Università della Svizzera)

  • Data: 21 APRIL 2021  dalle 17:00 alle 18:30

  • Luogo: Online | Zoom

  • Tipo: BIT-ACT Seminar Series


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Talk Description

In the last decade, leaks and whistleblowing gained new prominence as informational strategies in the contexts of both investigative reporting and anti-corruption advocacy. In these regards, information security strategies and encryption technologies are playing a pivotal role in enabling various initiatives of these kinds, and journalists ad activists are becoming used with software such as GlobaLeaks and SecureDrop, which can provide anonymization and security to the process of whistleblowing over the Internet. This talk will focus in particular on the adoption of whistleblowing software for investigative journalism and will discuss some international case studies and the state of the art of digital whistleblowing.

About the guest speaker

Philip Di Salvo is a post-doctoral researcher based at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)'s Insitute of Media and Journalism where he conducts research on whistleblowing, investigative journalism, Internet surveillance, and the relationship between journalism and hacking. At USI, he teaches journalism both at the Master and Bachelor levels. Philip received his PhD in Communication Sciences from USI with a dissertation about the adoption of encrypted whistleblowing platforms in journalism in summer 2018. Since 2018, Philip is also a lecturer at NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. As a freelance journalist, he writes for Wired, Motherboard/Vice, Esquire, and other publications covering the social impacts of technology. At USI, Philip also works as the European Journalism Observatory (EJO) Italian editor. Philip obtained a Masters degree in Media Management from USI in 2012 and a BA in Literature from Università degli Studi di Milano in 2010.