My opponent was the pugnacious John Prescott.
A panel discussion at the Frontline Club on how online data and its dissemination is changing journalism and the relationship between public and power.
The panel comprised Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief (via online link up); journalist, academic and freedom of expression activist Heather Brooke, whose successful campaigning led to the full release of MPs’ expenses files; media lawyer Mark Stephens of Finers, Stephens Innocent and Simon Rogers, editor of The Guardian’s Datablog.
Chaired by Paddy O’Connell, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.
With guest speakers Heather Brooke, expenses campaigner and author of ‘The Silent State’ and Sacha Deshmukh, CEO, ENGINE Business .
Speaking on Secrets and Surveillance at the RSA, London on 15 April 2010, followed by questions.
Britain’s political establishment is still recovering from last year’s scandal surrounding Members of Parliament and their expenses. As accounts of lawmakers’ claims were revealed in the press, public anger grew and their popularity nosedived.
Heather Brooke is the journalist and campaigner whose investigations exposed the opaqueness of the expenses system. She talks to Sarah Montague about the culture of secrecy in Britain and the importance of making public information more accessible.
A segment on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe show in which I discuss the naming of official spokespeople.