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Digital Whistleblowing - Blessing or Curse?

Posted by Ben Wheatland at Nov 11, 2015 11:24 AM |
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The Hertie School of Governance and the World Forum for Democracy will soon be hosting a roundtable debate entitled 'Digital Whistleblowing - Blessing or Curse?'

Digital Whistleblowing - Blessing or Curse?

17 November 2015 | 6.00 - 7.30 p.m.
Hertie School of Governance | Friedrichstraße 180 | 10117 Berlin

The digital era has brought remarkable opportunities to advance open government. An open, transparent government often allows citizens of a democracy to control their government, monitoring state capture and graft. The invention of social media and its increasingly wise usage furthers the translation of transparency into accountability by expanding the accessibility of civic participation. An army of citizens using their smartphones to check on their government can only bring health to a democracy.

But the world is not made only of democratic states or indeed groups or individuals with democratic views. And digital tools are just tools - they can be used to every purpose. Is digital whistleblowing in every area an instrument of the public good and it should be encouraged? What are the opportunities and the pitfalls of digital whistleblowing?

Welcome & Moderation: 

Anne Koch, Regional Director for the Europe and Central Asia, Transparency International 


Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance

Maksymilian Czuperski, Special Assistant to the President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Marius Dragomir, Senior Manager and Publications Editor, Open Society Foundations

Simona Levi, Founder, Xnet

Mara Mendes, Project Lead DIGIWHIST, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

Followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception.

You can find more information about the speakers on the Hertie School of Governance website.

If you wish to attend, please register via fax (0049-30-259 219 444) or e-mail (

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