Sydney Initiative for Truth | An afternoon with Glenn Greenwald
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An afternoon with Glenn Greenwald

Presented by Sydney IdeasSydney Democracy Network and the Post-Truth Initiative 

Renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses his favourite subjects: power and accountability, surveillance and privacy, Trump and fake news, threats to democracy, courage, and the role of journalism in giving a voice to perspectives and events that are ignored and silenced by large media outlets.

Well known as the journalist who worked with Edward Snowden in 2013 to reveal the secret surveillance programs undertaken by the United States and Britain, Glenn Greenwald will be in discussion with former WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, and University of Sydney academics Benedetta Brevini and John Keane.

Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the US surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured at The Guardian and Salon. The NSA reporting he led for The Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.


Scott Ludlam is a former co-deputy leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for WA. He first became an activist in the successful campaign against uranium mining at Jabiluka in Kakadu National Park. He has campaigned, inside and outside Australia’s parliament, for digital rights, the NBN, sustainable cities and renewable energy and peace, and worked against internet censorship, dragnet surveillance, the persecution of publishers and whistleblowers and the dumping of radioactive waste on remote Aboriginal communities.

Benedetta Brevini is a journalist, media activist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She has worked for CNBC and RAI in Milan, New York and London. She writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributes to such publications as Index on CensorshipOpenDemocracy and The Conversation. She is the author of Public Service Broadcasting online (2013), editor of Beyond Wikileaks (2013) and a forthcoming book Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis (2017).

John Keane is co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) and Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). His full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009), was short-listed for the 2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister’s Literary Award. His books also include Democracy and Media Decadence (2013) and the forthcoming When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: Rethinking Democracy in China (2017).

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