In association with Stanford University's Symbolic Systems program, John and Ken will discuss "The Ethics of Whistleblowing in the Age of Information" with former NSA contactor Edward Snowden (live via videoconference):
You might think we each have a moral duty to expose any serious misconduct, dishonesty, or illegal activity we discover in an organization, especially when such conduct directly threatens the public interest. However, increasingly we are seeing whistleblowers punished more harshly than the alleged wrongdoers, who often seem to get off scot-free. Given the possibility of harsh retaliation, how should we understand our moral duty to tell the truth and reveal wrongdoing? Should we think of whistleblowers as selfless martyrs, going beyond the call of duty, as traitors, or as something else? Do we need to change the laws to provide greater protection for whistleblowers? How does the current context of massive information gathering about private citizens affect our answers to these questions?