Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Newsnight: Tony Blair and FOI

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I appeared on BBC Newsnight debating Tony Blair’s claim in his memoirs that in introducing the Freedom of Information Act he was a “naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop”.

My opponent was the pugnacious John Prescott.

The data revolution: How WikiLeaks is changing journalism

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

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.

Newsnight interview: Wikileaks

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I took part in a Newsnight interview to discuss the leak of Afghan War intelligence documents to whistleblower site Wikileaks. Adrian Lamo, the journalist who disclosed the source of the leak, also appeared.

Editorial Intelligence ‘Thought for the Day’ breakfast

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

With guest speakers Heather Brooke, expenses campaigner and author of ‘The Silent State’ and Sacha Deshmukh, CEO, ENGINE Business .

Open Rights Group

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Speaking to the Open Rights Group about the lack of transparency in publicly owned information, state sanctioned surveillance and the use of copyright as a form of censorship. And plugging The Silent State, of course!

Secrets and Surveillance

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Speaking on Secrets and Surveillance at the RSA, London on 15 April 2010, followed by questions.

Heather on HARDtalk

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

BBC iPlayer: HARDtalk

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.

Newswipe: Official sources

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A segment on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe show in which I discuss the naming of official spokespeople.

BBC Breakfast News: MPs Expenses

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Newsnight: MPs Expenses debate

Monday, October 12th, 2009

BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman debates the MPs Expenses scandal with Heather Brooke, Benedict Brogan of the Daily Telegraph and ridiculous old fart Stuart Bell.