Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When someone takes such a monumental decision, new legislation, technology and the public and media reception of that person’s disclosures become particularly relevant. In today’s information society, journalists, lawyers and technology experts have a joint responsibility to protect whistleblowers, as they literally put the public interest before their own.

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On 18 June 2014, Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam will serve as the venue for the International Whistleblowers Conference 2014. During this conference, we will be combining a wide range of legal, technological and media perspectives to arrive at new approaches, strategies and concrete solutions to protect whistleblowers.

Are the media able – and willing – to protect their sources in the information age? How do national laws relate to European legislation and international agreements, and can they effectively shield whistleblowers against reprisals? Which technological solutions and alternative channels are currently available? These and other questions will be examined by a host of experts and professionals during a day full of interesting workshops and debates. In the evening, we will zoom in on the most prominent whistleblowing case of recent years – Edward Snowden’s disclosures about global surveillance – and the consequences of his revelations at the national and international level.

The International Whistleblowers Conference 2014 is organised by Network Democracy, Free Press Unlimited and the Netherlands Whistleblower Advice Centre, in partnership with the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN) and the Hermes Centre for Transparency and Human Rights.

Day programme: Keynotes, presentations and workshops

10:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Opening keynote: Annie Machon (MI5 whistleblower)

Presentation: Farid Tabarki. Workshops with Fabio Pietrosanti (GlobaLeaks), Diana Schemo (100Reporters), Dmytro Gnap (YanukovychLeaks), Andrea Crosta (WildLeaks), John Devitt (TI Ireland), Guido Strack (Whistleblower Network Germany), Pieter Omtzigt (CDA), Anna Myers (WIN), Axel Arnbak and many others.

Evening programme: One Year after Snowden – What have we learned?

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Keynote:Hans-Martin Tillack (STERN magazine)

With: Alison Glick (GAP), Yves Eudes (Le Monde), Garrett Robinson (SecureDrop) and many others. Presentation: Teun Gautier.

Admission to both the day and evening programmes is free.

For further information about the event or to register (anonymous), please visit 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pakhuis de Zwijger

Piet Heinkade 181 K

1019 HC Amsterdam


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