Michael Kirby, Stella Rimington, Glenn Carle, Heather Brooke, Jeff Jarvis, David Marr (facilitator)
“Privacy is for paedos,” News of the World journo Paul McMullan famously told the Leveson Inquiry. Privacy is dead, said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Through social media we voluntarily tell the world things we previously might not have told even our loved ones. Investigative journalists thrive on leaks and finding out what others don’t want them to know. How far should the state go to prevent another 9/11? Is everything fair game? What is left of the private domain in the age of the Kardashians? And, as individuals, shouldn’t we want to have things (however trivial) to hide? Former director general of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, Ex CIA interrogator of Al Quaeda suspects Glenn Carle, independent investigative journalist Heather Brooke, and former High Court judge, the Hon Michael Kirby, tell journalist David Marr where we, as a society, should draw the line between public and private.
Michael Kirby (Australian)
Michael Kirby was Australia's longest-serving judge on his retirement from the High Court of Australia in February 2009. In addition to his judicial duties, he has served on three university governing bodies and was chancellor of Macquarie University from 1984 to 1993. He has also served on many national and international bodies including the World Health Organization's Global Commission on AIDS, the International Commission of Jurists, the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights, and the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law.
Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She has written an autobiography, Open Secret, and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk. Her latest release is Rip Tide.
Glenn Carle was a member of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations for 23 years and worked in a number of posts on four continents. His last position was as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, where his office was responsible for strategic analysis of terrorism, international organised crime and narcotics issues. He retired in March 2007 and now lives in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Interrogator: A CIA agent’s true story.
Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live and What Would Google Do?, blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York. Jeff is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news start-up, and also consults for media companies. He lives in the New York area.
David Marr’s most recent book is Panic. He is the multi-award winning author of Patrick White: A life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The political journey of Kevin Rudd. David serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Heather Brooke is a freelance journalist and freedom of information campaigner. She writes for the UK’s main national papers and has presented Channel 4's Dispatches. Heather is a visiting professor at City University's department of journalism and is also the author of Your Right to Know and The Silent State. In 2009 she was named Reformer of the Year and won the Setting the Political Agenda Award from the Political Studies Association. The Revolution Will Be Digitised is her latest work.