#Muckedup chat Tuesday: Mass Surveillance & Journalism

#Muckedup chat Tuesday: Mass Surveillance & Journalism

Does the all-knowing, all-seeing big brother help or hurt journalism?

Researchers from Columbia's TowCenter for digital journalism and MIT's Center for Civic Media recently examined this issue in a 15 page response to a public comment period on all things surveillance. The lengthy message from the group determined what we all likely suspect: the mass surveillance practiced by the NSA's PRISM program has a decidely negative effect on the way we report and the sources we work with.

Bottom-line, there's a stark and dangerous double-standard going on right now on the part of intelligence agencies and it's unacceptable. 

“Put plainly, what the NSA is doing is incompatible with the existing law and policy protecting the confidentiality of journalist-­‐source communications," the letter stated. "This is not merely an incompatibility in spirit, but a series of specific and serious discrepancies between the activities of the intelligence community and existing law, policy, and practice in the rest of the government. Further, the climate of secrecy around mass surveillance activities is itself actively harmful to journalism, as sources cannot know when they might be monitored, or how intercepted information might be used against them.” 

This week on the chat we're going to talk about the battles we've all fought in the name of press freedom, what we can do to fight this problem, and the greater issue of how governmental eavesdropping and watching our moves hurts the business of journalism.

Join us this Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 EST for an Orwellian edition of #muckedup. 


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