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 essential reading 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 involved in the reporting of leaks of classified information by Edward Snowden, including Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian; ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson; legal scholar and journalist Glenn Greenwald; and Snowden himself. 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 protecting 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.
About the Author
Emily Bell is professor of professional practice and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School.
Taylor Owen is 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 the Columbia Journalism School.
Jennifer R. Henrichsen is a Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the former Program & Research Coordinator of Journalism After Snowden at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Lee C. Bollinger
Introduction, by Emily Bell, Taylor Owen, and Smitha Khorana
Part I. The Story and the Source
1. Journalism After Snowden, by Alan Rusbridger
2. In Defense of Leaks, by Jill Abramson
3. The Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald
4. A Conversation with Edward Snowden, by Edward Snowden and Emily Bell
Part II. Journalists and Sources
5. Source Protection in the Age of Surveillance, by Steve Coll
6. Rescuing a Reporter's Right to Protect the Confidentiality of Sources, by David A. Schulz and Valerie Belair-Gagnon
7. Digital Security for Journalists, by Julia Angwin
8. Beyond PGP: How News Organizations Can and Must Protect Reporters and Sources at an Institutional Level, by Trevor Timm
9. Freedom of Information and Information Asymmetry, by Nabiha Syed
Part III. Governing Surveillance
10. Political Journalism in a Networked Age, by Clay Shirky
11. National Security and the "New Yellow Press", by Steven G. Bradbury
12. A New Age of Cyberwarfare, by David E. Sanger
13. The Snowden Effect on the NSA and Reporting, by Siobhan Gorman
14. Edward Snowden, His Passport, and the Legal Identity of Americans, by Patrick Weil
15. Surveillance Policy as Risk Management, by Cass R. Sunstein
Part IV. Communications Networks and New Media
16. Silicon Valley and Journalism, by Emily Bell
17. Digital Threats Against Journalists, by Ron Deibert
18. Fiber and Open Communications Networks, by Susan Crawford
19. Free Thought, Free Media, by Eben Moglen
20. Should Journalism Be a Surveillance-Safe Space?, by Ethan Zuckerman
Postscript: Journalism After Snowden, by Jonathan Zittrain