Blueprint’s Head of Technical & Security Peter Tonoli provided a technical perspective on the challenges that journalists face in protecting their whistleblowers at the Sydney launch of a ground-breaking UNESCO report. Hosted by the Walkley Foundation, the panel event evening included leading lights of investigative journalism Paul Farrell (Buzzfeed, ex-Guardian) and Elise Worthington (ABC).
A global coalition of NGOs and encryption experts is calling on governments of the “Five Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) to defend the use of strong encryption by private citizens.
Protecting strong encryption is important for protecting freedom of speech – widespread surveillance or the possibility of surveillance, chills freedom of expression. Citizens of democratic nations must have the right to retain private information, as a check against the power of large governments and institutions. […]
Across nations of Africa, it has long been recognised that widespread corruption in many countries has been a major contributing factor in inequality and a barrier to progress. In 2016, of the top ten most corrupt countries ranked by Transparency International, five were in Africa. In these circumstances, the ability for ordinary citizens to expose wrongdoing without fear of the consequences is a crucial public good. And along with high levels of corruption, there is an ever-increasing determination to root out the problem with strong protections for public interest whistleblowers.[…]
Blueprint for Free Speech applauds the release of whistleblower and Blueprint Prize recipient Chelsea Manning on 17 May 2017. Chelsea won the Blueprint Enduring Impact Whistleblowing Prize in 2016. We applaud President Obama’s correct decision to commute Chelsea’s sentence.
Chelsea disclosed a video which revealed war crimes, including the shooting of innocent children and unarmed civilians, and the killing of Reuters journalism staff in Iraq. Her disclosures provided unvarnished evidence to the citizenry of the world about two failing wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan. […]
Chelsea Manning, the winner of the 2016 Blueprint for Free Speech Enduring Impact Award, this week received a commutation of her 35-year sentence from outgoing US President Barack Obama. Commenting on his decision at his final press conference in the White House, President Obama said that Manning had served “a tough prison sentence”, and that he was comfortable with this decision.
Chelsea Manning is now due to go free on May 17th 2017.[…]
After months of disagreement and debate that resembled a political soap opera, French lawmakers finally have granted expanded rights to employees who report threats to the public interest. The new […]
BRUSSELS – Croatian immunologist Srecko Sladoljev had just finished telling the story of how he was bullied, suspended and blocked by security guards from entering his workplace after raising concerns […]
Raj Mattu, winner of the UK Blueprint Prize for Whistleblowing, with Lady Hollick and Stephen Sackur Whistleblowers were honoured for their contribution to civil society at the first Blueprint Prize […]
This is a story of corruption, whistleblowing, retaliation and broken lives. It is not an easy story to stomach. But it is an essential story. It highlights, all too graphically, […]
Blueprint recommends 24 fundamental principles that should be included in any whistleblower protection law. These Blueprint Principles for Whistleblower Protection are designed to help ensure that: Information in the public interest […]
The Australian shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, today called again for a royal commission into the banks, part of which he hopes will look at improving whistleblower protection. Currently, despite the […]
Melbourne, Australia. (12 January 2016) – Blueprint for Free Speech joined 171 experts, companies, and organisations in more than 35 countries in asking world leaders to support strong encryption and […]