The DJAS project (Digital Public Sphere: Journalism in the Age of Surveillance) explores the impact of the surveillance society on Italian journalism. By surveillance society we mean a social, political, and economic context where information collection practices and technologies, especially digital ones, multiply and become pervasive. These can take transparent, opaque, or intrusive forms, and range from the collection and processing of data with explicit consent to the use of malicious software to break into digital devices such as laptops and smartphones.
These practices and technologies alter the context and environment in which journalists operate and often threaten the safety of themselves and their work as well as that of their sources and loved ones.
At the same time, they also represent a new opportunity that journalists have begun to use to integrate and enhance their work, such as the use of drones, satellite tools, or data extraction from the Internet and social media.
DJAS therefore wants to encourage the Italian journalistic community to reflect on the changes that the surveillance society is introducing, also by involving institutions, bodies, and professional organisations as well as the public itself. The goal is for Italian journalism to develop a greater awareness of these phenomena and, consequently, to equip itself with criticism and defense tools as well as its own ethical and deontological code in line with the changed context. Ultimately, to refine the ability to tell the public about the great transformations that the surveillance society introduces in our lives.
An introduction to the topic of Journalism and Surveillance
As part of the DJAS-Panelfit collaboration, a debate with the scholar Philip Di Salvo around the main issues of Journalism and digital surveillance technology.
Debating the Pegasus case: the impact of spywares on journalism, European regulations of dual use technology, and the future of the surveillance industry.
As part of the DJAS-MFRR collaboration, this first episode in a new podcast series explores the use of this spyware technology and how it is posing fresh concerns for journalists’ safety and source confidentiality. Jamie Wiseman, the Europe Advocacy Officer at the International Press Institute (IPI), interviewed Stephanie Kirchgaessner, the Guardian’s lead reporter on Pegasus, and Dimitri Bettoni, a researcher and project coordinator at the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa in Italy, which is part of the MFRR.
Cybersecurity in EU
As part of the DJAS-Panelfit collaboration, a cycle of online conferences co-organized by OBCT by the DJAS - PANELFIT projects coordinators. In this episode, we zoom in on cybersecurity. An international journalistic investigation has brought to light the threat to democracy posed by spying attacks as one recent example.
This publication has been produced within the DJAS project, supported in part by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765140