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About This Series


Whistleblowers and truth-tellers persecuted for blowing the whistle, critical thinkers and activists meet to discuss countermeasures to detention and repression.

The 11th event of the Disruption Network Lab to celebrate the upcoming freedom of Chelsea Manning and launch the new book by John Kiriakou (CIA anti-torture whistleblower). Directed by Tatiana Bazzichelli.

A growing number of whistleblowers, activists and truth-tellers have been charged with leaking or mishandling classified information under the Terrorism Act, Espionage Act, or theft of government property. The list of whistleblowers and truth-tellers that have been imprisoned for blowing the whistle is much longer today than in the past. PRISONERS OF DISSENT analyses this phenomenon to better understand this legal grey zone and presents political and technological countermeasures.

On May 17 Chelsea Manning will walk free after seven years of prison detention: we connect our conference to this important event discussing repression and detention in the framework of whistleblowing and truth-telling. John Kiriakou, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij and Edward Snowden, but also Samy Kamkar, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, and Aaron Swartz, paid a high price for their principles.

Our speakers will analyse and critically discuss the legal and personal consequences of revealing classified information, and the meaning of Terrorism Act, Espionage Act, or theft of government property in the current legal, political and activist terms. Furthermore, we will discuss with the public tactics and strategies to engage in a democratic process of social justice towards the development of a participatory society.

Is the rule of law an illusion as Icelandic activist and politician Birgitta Jónsdóttir points out? Can we imagine interventions that will put pressure on politicians to introduce a collective universal law that protects whistleblowers? Can we think of different models to humanise and modernise our societies?

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