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How to investigate the business and technologies of surveillance

With Ilia Siatitsa, Antonella Napolitano, Valerio Bassan

23 September 2022    14:00 - 16:00

Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza – Aula Convegni

Unimore - Via S. Geminiano, 3
Modena, Italia


Building on the recent research work of the NGO Privacy International, the workshop aims to provide an overview of the main methods of inquiry and the most important resources that journalists can use to investigate surveillance technologies and the companies that produce them in different areas. In particular, the workshop will focus on financial drivers that may represent potential avenues of inquiry, such as, for example, European funds used to export surveillance technologies and their allocation. Among the various techniques presented, the workshop will particularly touch on research, FOIA requests and other legal strategies as well as provide several Italian and international examples where these practices have been particularly effective in fostering journalistic investigations and activist actions.

All DIG Academy workshops are free of charge and also open to the lay public. Thanks to the patronage of the Ordine dei giornalisti dell’Emilia-Romagna, the Fondazione Ordine Giornalisti Emilia-Romagna, the Associazione della Stampa Emilia-Romagna (ASER) and the Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI), the workshops also offer valid credits for journalists’ continuing education. Journalists interested in obtaining credits can register now on the https://formazionegiornalisti.it platform. The events, however, remain free access for all and sundry while places are available. Those who wish to attend without accreditation can come to the events without any registration.

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Valerio Bassan

DIG Vicepresident

Valerio Bassan is a journalist, digital strategist and media innovation expert. He works with international brands such as Forbes, Vice, Internazionale, Il Sole 24 Ore. He writes a newsletter on the future of media, Ellissi. He is the vice-president and…

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Antonella Napolitano

Tech policy expert

Antonella Napolitano is a tech policy expert and advisor on strategic comms and impact, with a focus on technology on society and human rights, particularly on migration, welfare and reproductive rights. Currently, she works with public interest journalism newsrooms and…

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Ilia Siatitsa

Privacy International

Ilia Siatitsa is currently leading Privacy International’s strategic area that challenges government surveillance overreach. She also contributes to PI’s legal strategy and is also responsible for some of our litigation and interventions before UK courts and the European Court of…

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