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Professor Heather Brooke

Professor of Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

Publications

  1. Brooke, H. (2012). The Revolution Will be Digitised Dispatches from the Information War. Random House. ISBN 978-0-09-953808-0.
  2. Brooke, H. (2011). The Silent State Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4070-8860-0.
  3. Brooke, H. (2006). Your right to know a citizen's guide to the Freedom of Information Act. Pluto Pr.

Books (3)

  1. Brooke, H. (2012). The Revolution Will be Digitised Dispatches from the Information War. Random House. ISBN 978-0-09-953808-0.
  2. Brooke, H. (2011). The Silent State Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4070-8860-0.
  3. Brooke, H. (2006). Your right to know a citizen's guide to the Freedom of Information Act. Pluto Pr.

Internet Publications (4)

  1. Brooke, H. (2016). Transparency thwarts the abuse of power to enrich the powerful. Financial Times.
  2. Brooke, H. (2015). Gove is right: our antiquated court system produces two-nation justice. The Guardian.
  3. Brooke, H. (2015). Mass surveillance: my part in the reform of GCHQ and UK intelligence gathering. The Guardian.
  4. Brooke, H. (2015). This snooper’s charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision. The Guardian.

Journal Articles (2)

  1. Brooke, H. (2016). Inside the Digital Revolution. Journal of International Affairs, 70, No 1(Winter 2016), pp. 29–53.
  2. Brooke, H. (2014). Research Focus: MPs' Expenses Scandal. Reputation, Michaelmas Term 2014(11), pp. 9–10.

Reports (2)

  1. Brooke, H., Clarke, M., Hennessy, P., O'Neill, O., Omand, D., Cowley, L., Evans, J., Lane-Fox, M., Grieve, J., Hall, W., Rooker, J., Scarlett, J. and Walden, I. (2015). A Democratic Licence to Operate: Report of the Independent Surveillance Review. Royal United Services Institute.
  2. Brooke, H. and Felle, T. Evidence submitted to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information..

Thesis/Dissertation

  1. Brooke, H. Subject or Citizen? Freedom of information and the informed citizen in a democracy. (PhD Thesis)

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (3)

  1. Cyber and the Next U.S. President.
    2016 Thought Leadership Forum.
    ROOM 1501, The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University 420 W 118th St NY 10027 United States (2016).
    Description: Join the Journal of International Affairs for our semiannual Thought Leadership Forum onMonday, October 31 at 6:00 PM.

    Cyber issues—from security to privacy—have been major and controversial factors in the upcoming U.S. election. Leading experts will discuss cybersecurity and the digital revolution, and how these issues can be addressed by the next president of the United States.
  2. FOIA @ 50. Columbia University, New York City (2016).
    Description: FOIA@50 is a three-day conference tied to the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act. The conference will explore FOIA’s origins, importance, its role in American law, politics and society, and impact abroad.
  3. Cambridge Union Society Debate. Cambridge University (2016).
    Description: Speaking for the motion: This House Fears the Large Scale Collection of Personal Data.

Keynote Lecture/Speech

  1. ‘What Do Scandals Accomplish? Reputation and Accountability in the MP Expenses Scandal’. Pembroke College, Oxford University (2014). Keynote opening speech at Oxford Reputation Symposium

Media Appearances (4)

  1. From Panama to Sparta: A brief history of leaks. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'The World Tonight'. For more information see: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35998720
  2. The Media Show, BBC Radio 4. The Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling has said that the Freedom of Information Act is being misused as a research tool to generate stories for the media. At the same time, the Government has set up an independent cross party Commission to review how FOI is working. There are concerns this will lead to new restrictions on the release of information, a strengthening of the ministerial veto and the adding of new fees. Steve hears from Heather Brooke, freedom of information campaigner and Professor of Journalism at City University, and Dominic Ponsford, Editor of the Press Gazette which has launched a 'Hands Off FOI' campaign.
  3. BBC Newsnight. Freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke and Therese Coffey MP discuss the ongoing row over Maria Miller's parliamentary expenses.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8pGNLT7VPM
  4. BBC Newsnight. Heather Brooke debates changes to the UK FOI regime on BBC Newsnight, with Jonathan Baume director of the First Division Association. Chaired by Kirsty Wark.
    https://vimeo.com/40015484

Online Articles (5)

  1. The new UK Surveillance Bill makes George Orwell look lacking in vision. The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/08/surveillance-bill-snoopers-charter-george-orwellThe
  2. Mass surveillance: my part in the reform of GCHQ and UK intelligence gathering. The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/14/mass-suveillance-reform-gchq-uk-intelligence-gathering-rusi-report
  3. Gove is right: our antiquated court system produces two-nation justice. The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/gove-two-nation-justice-legal-aid-court-records-technology-america
  4. Transparency thwarts the abuse of power to enrich the powerful. Financial TimesTransparency, tax returns and the fallout from the Panama Papers investigation.
  5. Twitter’s power comes with a heavy responsibility. The Financial TimesTwitter — with Google, Facebook and the digitisation of information — has revolutionised politics. Parliament and Congress are no longer the favoured forums of society, and citizens are not reliant on elected officials or government institutions to represent their interests. They have instant and global tools at their disposal to broadcast their views.Traditional institutions have failed to understand this.

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