Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

EditorEmily Bell, Taylor OwenAs told bySmitha Khorana

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Edward Snowden's release of classified NSA documents exposed the widespread government practice of mass surveillance in a democratic society. The publication of these documents, facilitated by three journalists, as well as efforts to criminalize the act of being a whistleblower or source, signaled a new era in the coverage of national security reporting. The contributors to Journalism After Snowden analyze the implications of the Snowden affair for journalism and the future role of the profession as a watchdog for the public good. Integrating discussions of media, law, surveillance, technology, and national security, the book offers a timely and much-needed assessment of the promises and perils for journalism in the digital age.

Journalism After Snowden is an essential read for citizens, journalists, and academics in search of perspective on the need for and threats to investigative journalism in an age of heightened surveillance. The book features contributions from key players in the initial reporting of the NSA files, including former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger; ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson; legal scholar and journalist Glenn Greenwald; and Edward Snowden. Other contributors include dean of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Steve Coll, Internet and society scholar Clay Shirky, legal scholar Cass Sunstein, and journalist Julia Angwin. Topics discussed include the protection of sources, digital security practices, the legal rights of journalists, access to classified data, interpreting journalistic privilege in the digital age, and understanding the impact of the Internet and telecommunications policy on journalism. The anthology's interdisciplinary nature provides a comprehensive overview and understanding of how society can protect the press and ensure the free flow of information.

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Edward Snowden's release of classified NSA documents exposed the widespread government practice of mass surveillance in a democratic society. The publication of these documents, facilitated by three journalists, as well as efforts to criminalize the act of being a whistleblower or source, signaled a new era in the coverage of national...

Emily Bell is professor of professional practice and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. Taylor Owen is an assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia.Smitha Khorana is a journalist and fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword, by Lee C. BollingerAcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Emily Bell, Taylor Owen, and Smitha KhoranaPart I. The Story and the Source1. Journalism After Snowden, by Alan Rusbridger2. In Defense of Leaks, by Jill Abramson3. The Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald4. A Conversation with Edward Snowden, by Edward Snowden and Emily BellPart II. Journalists and Sources5. Source Protection in the Age of Surveillance, by Steve Coll6. Rescuing a Reporter's Right to Protect the Confidentiality of Sources, by David A. Schulz and Valerie Belair-Gagnon7. Digital Security for Journalists, by Julia Angwin8. Beyond PGP: How News Organizations Can and Must Protect Reporters and Sources at an Institutional Level, by Trevor Timm9. Freedom of Information and Information Asymmetry, by Nabiha SyedPart III. Governing Surveillance10. Political Journalism in a Networked Age, by Clay Shirky11. National Security and the "New Yellow Press", by Steven G. Bradbury12. A New Age of Cyberwarfare, by David E. Sanger13. The Snowden Effect on the NSA and Reporting, by Siobhan Gorman14. Edward Snowden, His Passport, and the Legal Identity of Americans, by Patrick Weil15. Surveillance Policy as Risk Management, by Cass R. SunsteinPart IV. Communications Networks and New Media16. Silicon Valley and Journalism, by Emily Bell17. Digital Threats Against Journalists, by Ron Deibert18. Fiber and Open Communications Networks, by Susan Crawford19. Free Thought, Free Media, by Eben Moglen20. Should Journalism Be a Surveillance-Safe Space?, by Ethan ZuckermanPostscript: Journalism After Snowden, by Jonathan ZittrainContributorsIndex

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There is a new normal for journalism in the age of the surveillance state-a new normal hastened, if not created, by the Snowden leaks. This work contributes to those discussions by tapping the ideas of some of the world's top journalists, editors, and scholars. Together, they provide a rich and intellectually diverse set of perspectives on the implications of surveillance for journalism practice and for the role of journalism in democratic society.