Sunday, December 3, 2017

WikiLeaks and Whistleblowers

Last week we viewed the documentary WikiRebels, and you submitted a written reflection in response to some of the issues explored in the documentary.

This week you will extend on your learning and your understanding of whistleblowing. Below are some suggested topics that you can explore, and a few links to help get you started. What you explore is pretty wide open as long as it is related to whistleblowing, WikiLeaks or leaked information.

So select something that you figure you will have some interest in and spend some time online doing some research on your topic.

Once you have read and/or viewed information, create a blog post and write a reflection about your topic. Include in your reflection:
  • An explanation/short summary of the topic (include links to any sites where you learned more about it)
  • Your own reflection on the topic (consider, if possible, extending on the thoughts you shared in last week's reflection; or if the issue is not easily relatable, provide new thoughts and opinions).
  • Discuss how this topic can connect to the world of journalism. For example, what implications does it have for how the public receives information and how to trust online sources? What challenges do you think your topic raises for journalists and the news media? What struggles might occur when it comes to journalism ethics and standards? 
Check out the rubric below and use it as a checklist to ensure you have not missed anything that should be included in your reflection:
  • There is a short summary or explanation of the topic that effectively provides enough information, but is still concise. 
  • Any online links that were used to gather information about the topic are included, and they are active links.
  • A number of thoughts and/or opinions are shared to create a solid reflection that either extends on last week's activity and/or provides new insights. 
  • There is a solid discussion on how the topic connects to journalism and the connections are effectively explored.  
Some suggested topics (remember, these are just suggestions, feel free to find your own online sources and a different topic and/or use the suggested ones below as a place to start):

More on WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks: not perfect, but more important than ever for free speech
Is WikiLeaks still relevant?

Alternatives to WikiLeaks
The Intercept
ICIJ and consider recently leaked information in the news (Paradise Papers)
Leak Site Directory
Top 6 Sites Like WikiLeaks

The Whistleblower Interview Project
5 Famous Whistleblowers Who Shaped History
10 Famous/Infamous Whistleblowers 
The Most Famous Whistleblowers on Why They Leaked
Why Companies Need to Embrace Whistleblowers
On Whistleblowers and Government Threats of Investigation 

Journalists and Whistleblowing
Canada passes law to protect whistleblowers and journalists’ confidential sources
La Presse columnist says he was put under police surveillance as part of 'attempt to intimidate'
The two LuxLeaks whistleblowers and journalist who helped them go on trial in Luxembourg
How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History

OpenLeaks and Founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg 
Top German Hacker Slams OpenLeaks Founder
OpenLeaks off to a Flying Fail

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