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The founder and creator of Locals Supporting Locals

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools? – Penticton Herald

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools? – Penticton Herald

Former school board trustee ‪#‎DavidPerry‬ comments on school board trustees attending junket to Vancouver right after they close schools. See Letters to the Editor (plus others, including Brian Horejsi on the lumber industry).

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools?
To the editor:
I read with interest that the majority of our school trustees are off again on their annual junket to attend the annual general meeting of the B.C. School Trustees Association at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver no less.
Such irrelevant workshops as “Public Education and the Social License” and “Damned Nations: Greed, Guns and Armies” are
on the agenda.
Nothing on “School Closures,” “Government Underfunding,” “Supporting parents of closed schools,” etc., which are the real issues trustees have left at home.
Now, one would have thought that perhaps politically sensitive trustees would avoid this year’s all-expense-paid holiday in one of Vancouver’s finest hotels, given the disruption caused by their decisions to close schools back home. Or at least send one representative to report back to the board, but not pay for the whole group along with district staff to attend.
Trout Creek and West Bench parents must be appalled at this level of expenditure when the majority of these trustees voted to close their schools, citing a huge budget shortfall. Once again, the perception of attending a gala affair at the Hyatt while the concerns back home are left blowing in the wind just does not speak to a concerned group of elected officials.
However, there is one workshop this weekend that could be of value; “What’s working well, What’s not and What’s next,” Maybe with any luck our trustees will attend this session and learn what they are doing is not working well.
David Perry, Penticton

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Kenny Shields & Streetheart- Mule Nightclub Penticton

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Kenny Shields and Streetheart are coming to Penticton!!!

Today at 9:30 PM

The Mule Nightclub

218 Martin St., Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5K1

When one speaks of rock music and western Canada in the same sentence, there is a good chance that Kenny Shields may be the subject of that sentence. Shields was born in Nokomis, SK. in 1947. His passion for music emerged at the age of six when he entered an amateur talent show, and smoked the competition.

Upon graduation from secondary school, he moved to Saskatoon and joined that city’s premiere band – Witness Incorporated – and the professional spotlight first fell upon him. Shields’ lifelong dream started to crystalize: to entertain with music. The band would do just that, playing to dedicated audiences across western Canada. They relocated to Toronto in 1967 and won over the dubious patrons of the Yorkville clubs and The Rockpile. They opened for Cream, toured with Roy Orbison, and issued five singles including “I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow”, “Jezebel” and “Harlem Lady.”

In 1970 Shields was critically injured in an automobile accident that sidetracked him from music for several years. He made one attempt at a comeback with the Regina-based band called Mudd, but realized that although his dream was still intact, he was not yet ready to resume the touring life.

After a further period of convalescence, Shields moved to Winnipeg to join another Saskatchewan band entitled Wascana, which included in its ranks Spider Sinnaeve, Daryl Gutheil, and ex-Witness drummer Craig Kaleal. The voice was re-energized, the stamina returned, the band gelled, and after relocating to Saskatoon, they became Witness again.

While on the Alberta touring circuit, Shields struck up a friendship with the members of The Great Canadian River Race, and in 1976 when Witness finished its run, Shields moved back to Regina in the company of Paul Dean and Matt Frenette. With Spider and Daryl , the five formed the quintessential prairie powerhouse band of the late 1970s and early 1980s – Streetheart.

At their best in a live setting, Streetheart was labelled Canada’s #1 touring band for many years running. They played bars, clubs and arenas from coast to coast sharing the stage with such acts as Chilliwack, Rush, Harlequin, Styx, Max Webster, AC/DC, and April Wine.

Streetheart recorded a total of six studio albums and one double live album. They topped the Canadian charts with a non-stop string of hits including “Action”, “Hollywood”, “Under My Thumb”, “Look In Your Eyes”, “What Kind of Love Is This”, “One More Time” and “Snow White” – all tunes that remain standards on radio playlists to this day. Along the way they earned a total of six gold albums, four platinum albums, a gold single, two Ampex Golden Reel awards, a Music Express Award , a peoples’ choice voted most popular Canadian act and a Juno. And in September 2003, as befits a national institution, Kenny Shields and Streetheart were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Following three years of convalescence from major surgery in 2000, Shields career continues and his dream remains, to entertain with music. The spotlight still shines brightly.

LSL-School Closures School District 67 Parents attempt last effort April 11/16

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School Closures School District 67 Parents attempt last effort April 11/16

A small group representing a much larger group presented a proposal to save West Bench and Trout Creek Schools that would instead if correct would not only save the school but as well would give them over $4000.000 in surplus.

The school district trustees said they needed to review the well presented package put together before they could rescind the school closure. Next meeting is on May 7,2016

This is a letter to the editor in the Penticton Herald
Are you aware of the solution that parents from Summerland have innovated to replace the restructuring of all of our schools? Below is a summary of the proposal that will presented at this evening’s school board meeting.

Summary:
A new preliminary proposal to reopen Trout Creek School as a School of Choice will be presented to the School Board on Monday, April 11. Please come out and show your support! Board Office 6:30 pm.

We are requesting that a Publicly Funded Montessori Program of Choice be added to the existing operations at Trout Creek School. We are discussing the Summerland Montessori Society as the facilitator of the programming. This would recapture our students lost to the independent system and immediately increase the enrollment and funding in Trout Creek School.

There are successful models of this in the 12 Districts in the Lower Mainland and several more throughout BC. At least 4 schools in BC previously slated for closure have been rejuvenated this way. Programs of Choice create access & equality. Schools offering Programs of Choice are sought out as destination education. In fact our Summerland model French Immersion Program of Choice is an excellent example.

Our schools are an integral part of the foundation of a vital, healthy community. In the interest of intersectoral collaboration, we are asking the public, parents, Summerland Council and administration to support this progressive & forward thinking initiative for our neighborhood schools to join together, and truly turn challenge into an exciting opportunity for our community.
Treena Jeffray

If another last-ditch effort fails tonight to save West Bench Elementary, it could turn into a windfall for the Penticton Indian Band’s school.
Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School principal Phil Rathjen said his facility, which currently has the equivalent of 90 full-time students, is in line to get four new classrooms when it reaches 100 kids.
The new space would be created by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, the federal agency that funds Outma.
Rathjen said he had “a couple” of new registrations for the 2016-17 session in the run-up to the board of the Okanagan Skaha School District voting March 30 to close nearby West Bench Elementary, and going ahead with that decision could very well push Outma over the top.
“We’d be ambitious to say we’re going to get to 100 and we’re going to build, but we’d be hopeful for that,” said Rathjen.
“I think staff are certainly looking forward to the opportunity for expansion, but we certainly don’t want to do it at that cost” of West Bench closing.
Outma has a reciprocal agreement with School District 67 that allows students to transfer between facilities, regardless of their heritage.
That deal, combined with West Bench’s proximity to Outma and its relatively high number of aboriginal kids – estimated by a parents’ group at 40 per cent of the 90 learners there – bodes well for the PIB.
First, however, School District 67 trustees are expected to discuss tonight at their regular meeting a proposal from the West Bench to raise taxes in order to provide a special operating subsidy to help keep the community’s school open.
According to an analysis prepared by Michael Brydon, who represents West Bench on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, a $150,000-a-year operating grant would cost the average homeowner there about $220 annually.
That’s a bargain compared to the estimated $6,000 loss in value an average property owner experienced the moment the decision was made to close the school, concluded Brydon, citing a U.S. study on the issue.
Besides his proposal, trustees are also expected tonight to hear from three parents from Trout Creek, home to another elementary school that’s slated for closure June 30.

 

South Sudan Facing Hyperinflation – How This Relates To Us

South Sudan Facing Hyperinflation – How This Relates To Us

Published on 12 Apr 2016

Author and economic analyst John Sneisen talks to Josh Sigurdson about the hyperinflation that’s plunging the people of South Sudan (a new country) into absolute debt enslavement. We wanted to make the issue clear to people who claim that oil will hold up the fiat dollar ( paper money) in places like Canada and Argentina where clearly, while oil is the main commodity, it is not saving a dollar that’s printed into oblivion and devalued astronomically. The South Sudanese Pound is hitting inflation rates over 200% and shows no sign of stopping. Even with that rate, there is evidence to prove that the inflation rate is actually much higher than is being reported.
We report this after people like Jeff Berwick and Luke Rudkowski visited Venezuela and investigated the hyperinflation that’s taking hold of the country as we’ve previously reported on. While all this evidence of socialist hell destroying economies keeps emanating, there are still so many who message us and claim that all the claims are bogus. We simply want people to listen to us for the sake of what’s to come. We keep putting out information, people don’t listen and then people suffer horrible fates. We want that to change.
We at WAM are all about giving the people information in our opinion, using resources in order to prove our claims so that the individuals watching can take action, stay insured and stay safe.

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Dane Wigington-Chemtrail Lawsuit to Stop Damaging Spraying Filed in Canada


 

GeoEngineeringWatch.com consistently monitors the situation known as “GeoEngineering.” This week, the website founder, Dane Wigington, was interviewed by Hunter regarding the urgent matters at hand.
According to Wigington.
“We have now enough data to prove that the greatest destructive factor, by far, on the ozone layer is geoengineering (chemtrails). It’s disrupting the hydrological cycle and disrupting the planet. We have governmental agencies that are set up to hide this fact from the population or to mask it. . . . We are seeing UVB levels that are a 1,000 % more than we are being told. . . . We have all the data being skewed to hide the severity of what is happening from the population for as long as possible. . . . We have friends behind the curtain that know this is going on and want it to stop. . . . I truly believe we have a growing number of allies behind the curtain that want this to stop as bad as we do. Let’s hope that is true and our allies grow because this is truly an all-out assault on all life on earth. How long can we hold our breath? Any breath we take is laden with these materials. We absolutely know it from lab testing. It’s not speculation or theory or conjecture. We see the human health statistics that are associated with this. The massive Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and COPD. . . . Anyone who looks up, they can see how incredibly obvious this monstrosity is in our skies.”
Hunter’s interview last sixteen minutes and focuses on a lawsuit filed involving the spraying of chemtrails in Canada. This stuff is real. The term “chemtrails” often causes people to immediately regard any of the information posted as a “conspiracy theory,” however, there is simply too much information available anymore to continue holding it in such cheap and desperate regard.
Scientists who would like to speak out about the harmful effects of climate engineering (chemtrails) are being threatened and gagged as geoengineering researcher Dane Wigington points out, “U.S. government scientists have no First Amendment protection–none. Now, there is a federal gag order on all National Weather Service and all NOAA employees. How much more obvious is this situation, and they are trying to plug leaks in the ship. We have environmental scientists being fired all over. Canada has let go a huge number of their scientists. Australia has fired 450 of their front line environmental scientists. Why? Because they want to cover up what’s happening any way they can.”

Now, Wigington and others have filed a the first of many lawsuits starting with Canada over Damage cause by geoengineering (chemtrails.) Wigington contends, “They are trying to obscure the severity of what is unfolding from the public for as long as possible. If we don’t take care of what is happening in our skies and environment, nothing else is going to matter. . . . Nothing is going to matter soon. That’s how bad it is. . . . What our government and other governments are doing is to try to hide the magnitude of what is unfolding until the last possible moment, at which time total collapse ensues.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dane Wigington, founder of GeoEngineeringWatch.org.

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NDP Candidate Nahanni Fontaine Walks Out Of Debate After Being Questioned On CFS

NDP Candidate Nahanni Fontaine Walks Out Of Debate After Being Questioned On CFS

On April 13th, 2016, the Sinclair Park Community Centre in Winnipeg’s St. John’s provincial riding hosted a public forum for the Manitoba provincial candidates for St. John’s. In attendance was Noel Bernier of the Liberal Party, Nahanni Fontaine of the NDP and Barbara Judt of the Progressive Conservative Party.
During the open floor discussion, Josh Sigurdson of WAM asked Nahanni this, “You’ve voiced your concern with the assimilation of First Nations people into white society, even going as far as to support a boycott on all white owned businesses. Yet, currently, there are 11,000 children in CFS care, 90% First Nations, around 75% of all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Men came out of CFS care, close to 60% of all adults who grew up in CFS care become homeless. How can you stand for a government that treats First Nations families so terribly and leaves sovereignty to the dust?”
The moderator then asked Josh to rephrase the question for all candidates. Josh replied, “What would you do to cull the powers of CFS that’s taking First Nations children away at such an exponential rate?”
While Noel Bernier made some interesting points regarding Child and Family Services, Nahanni made the question about her and how in her 5 and a half years in government, she never spoke to Selinger about CFS despite the fact that basically her whole portfolio was regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Men. She then admitted that the system was terrible but that she wasn’t behind the CFS problems.
Josh then asked her why she stands by a party that’s behind what she herself sees as terrible. Nahanni Fontaine replied that she feels vitriolic negativity in the room and that she wants to leave. She then got up and left alongside Liberal Noel Bernier leaving only Barbara Judt of the PCs at the forum.
Barbara continued to answer questions despite much of the crowd leaving.
Josh was called many names and was called “disgusting” for asking the question twice. One NDP supporter told Josh that he’s wrong and doesn’t care about children because he hasn’t adopted children (despite being 21 years old and unable to actually do so).

The whole situation was a debacle. Consider this… If Nahanni Fontaine and Noel Bernier will literally run away from simple questions and tame criticism, imagine how they will act once they’re not campaigning and they’re hiding behind the thick rock walls of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Keep this in mind.

See the full video here:
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~ Josh

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MAN EATS 2 TBS OF COCONUT OIL TWICE A DAY FOR 60 DAYS AND THIS HAPPENS TO HIS BRAIN!

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MAN EATS 2 TBS OF COCONUT OIL TWICE A DAY FOR 60 DAYS AND THIS HAPPENS TO HIS BRAIN!

Dr. Mary Newport has a theory that ketone bodies, which the body makes when digesting coconut oil, may be an alternative fuel for the brain. She believes that coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. If her theory is accurate, it could be one of the greatest natural health discoveries in years.

The Backstory

Dr. Newport has her own personal history with Alzheimer’s. Her husband, Steve, suffered from progressive dementia for at least five years in his mid-50s, then had an MRI that supported a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Sherecounts her story in a case study. “Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator… One day I would ask if a certain call came that I was expecting and he would say ‘No.’ Two days later he would remember the message from so-and-so from a couple of days earlier and what they said.”

Dr. Newport noted that her husband had no short-term memory, yet the information was still filed somewhere in his brain. She had a gut feeling that his diet had something to do with it. He began taking medication in hopes that it would help slow the process, but he became depressed, lost weight, forgot how to cook, use a calculator or even perform simple addition. Steve forgot how to perform many common tasks, but would spend all day working in the yard or in his garage and remained in good physical condition.

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Finding Hope

A few studies about the potential use of medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies to not only treat but prevent Alzheimer’s disease caught Dr. Newport’s eye. Medium chain triglycerides are also regarded as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, drug resistant epilepsy, and diabetes. Dr. Newport explains, “Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart recover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancerous tumors. Children with drug resistant epilepsy sometimes respond to an extremely low carbohydrate ketogenic diet.”

The body’s cells may be able to use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel when glucose is unavailable. Ketone bodies do not normally circulate in the body unless it has been starving for a few days, or if one is on a very low-carb diet, such as Atkins. Dr. Newport explains, “In Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to take in glucose due to insulin resistance, and slowly die off… if these cells had access to ketone bodies, they could potentially stay alive and continue to function.”

The Results

To make a long story short, Dr. Newport started giving a daily dose of coconut oil to her husband, Steve. Just 60 days after he started taking it, Dr. Newport recalls that Steve was alert and happy, talkative and making jokes, and the tremor he’d developed was less noticeable. He was able to concentrate on one task instead of being easily distracted. Steve receives about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil twice a day, to make sure that there are no periods where ketone bodies aren’t circulating.

After a year of the natural treatment, Dr. Newport says her husband is a different person. She notes that he still has difficulty finding some words, but he recognized relatives on a family trip, participated actively in conversations, and his facial expressions were more animated.

She adds, “For now, we are very pleased with where he is at and should coconut oil stop or slow down the progress of his disease, it will be worth every drop that he takes.”

LSL – Heartbeat of the Okanagan – The 2012 Okanagan Organic Festival (full version)

Published on 1 Apr 2013

The Seventh Annual Organic Festival in Beautiful B.C Canada. This event has taken place at the Summerhill Winery now for 7 years. Please view our you tube channel for many other video’s.Soon as we have next year’s date you can find it on our events page on the Locals Supporting Locals – Okanagan Chapter website. Like us on Facebook for many other events that take place in the Okanagan.
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New documentary from Neil Young exposes how Monsanto destroys farming families who refuse to submit to totalitarian GMO agriculture

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Neil Young released his mini-documentary Seeding Fear yesterday, which coincided with the House of Representatives passing the infamous DARK (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act. Seeding Fear is a 10-minute documentary that exposes how the multi-million-dollar biotech company Monsanto has unjustly sued small farmers for patent infringement on its genetically modified seed. The Dark Act is a bill that would forbid states from issuing mandatory labeling laws on GMO products, even in states that have already passed GMO labeling laws. Young’s mini-documentary piggybacks the release of his album The Monsanto Years in late June.

Seeding Fear follows the journey of Michael White, a fourth-generation organic farmer in rural Alabama who was sued by Monsanto in 2003 for copyright infringement after unknowingly cleaning GM soybeans for a local farmer. Michael says he was chosen by Monsanto to be made into a “poster boy” in order to intimidate other farmers.

“Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately, for some of us, his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable. We recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics,” Monsanto said in response to the singer’s album.

Monsanto abuses local farmers and farming practices

Michael’s story is not, of course, unique. Monsanto has sued hundreds of local farmers for copyright infringement. Much of the time, the genetically engineered crops inadvertently cross-contaminate farmers’ non-GM crops. The wind can carry pollen from one crop to a neighboring crop. Even though most farmers are innocent, Monsanto has the financial and political means to win the majority of its court cases.

The absurdity lies in the fact that Monsanto is able to sue farmers for their crops being contaminated by other farmers’ GM crops, but farmers generally can’t sue when their crops are contaminated by GMOs. Organic farmers don’t want to use Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds. The Roundup herbicide used on the crop contains glyphosate, which is toxic to human cells. Organic farmers wish to keep their crops pure.

Monsanto has tarnished farming practices that have stood the test of time, most notably the right to save and reuse crop seeds. Farmers can save money by saving and reusing seeds from previous crops. Farmers who use Monsanto’s seeds are prohibited from reusing the seeds; farmers must purchase the same seeds next year. At best, farmers can use the seeds for animal feed. Monsanto forces farmers to repurchase their seeds in order to make a greater profit.

Michael White vs. Monsanto

What makes Michael’s story unique is that he is one of the few farmers who can publicly speak about his court case. Most farmers go broke before they are cleared for a jury trial; however, Michael was the exception. He was able to settle his case with Monsanto in 2006 after he was cleared for a jury trail.

Michael took on the biotech corporation with his father, Wayne White. Michael says that the lawsuit ruined his father’s life, and that he went to the grave in fear of Monsanto. “It’s pretty hard taking your 80-something-year-old father to federal court on a walker when he’s falsely accused by a big corporation,” Michael said in the mini-documentary.

Despite Young’s campaign against Monsanto, the House of Representatives passed the Dark Act by 275-150. If passed by the Senate, the bill will make it impossible for states to require GMO products to be properly labeled. Just as was the case with Michael White, individual rights have been replaced with corporate rights.

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http://www.theguardian.com

http://qz.com

http://exclaim.ca

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Whistleblowers and leak activists face powerful elites in struggle to control information

Whistleblowers and leak activists face powerful elites in struggle to control information

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by: Arne Hintz, Cardiff University | Published on Saturday, April 9, 2016, by The Canadian Progressive

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

The Panama Papers have brought the powerful role of whistleblowers back into the public consciousness. Several years after WikiLeaks’ Cablegate and theSnowden revelations, the next big leak has not only caused the downfall of Iceland’s prime minister (with others possibly to follow), but has demonstrated that the practice of exposing hidden information is very much alive. The struggle over controlling this kind of information is one of the great conflicts of our times.

It might seem that such leaks are rare. WikiLeaks’ publication in 2010 of the Iraq and Afghanistan war diaries and of US diplomatic cables brought major political repercussions, but public interest in WikiLeaks has fallen since. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 about mass surveillance programmes by US and British intelligence services returned the power of the leak to the spotlight, triggering new legislation in the UK in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill. But no mass movement of whistleblowers appears to have emerged in their wake.

Nevertheless, plenty has been going on. WikiLeaks has continued to expose hidden information, including files onGuantanamo Bay operations, secret drafts of the controversial TPP trade negotiations, and more recently a recording of anIMF meeting that provides significant insights into current conflicts between the IMF, the EU and the Greek government in their handling of the eurozone crisis. Other leaks include those that revealed HSBC bank helped clients conceal their wealth.

Old-world and new-world media organisations have developed processes to deal with anonymous data leaks and protect the safety of the whistleblowers. Organisations such as the New York Times, The Guardian and Al-Jazeera use secure digital dropboxes for depositing files anonymously. Major publishers established collaborations to share resources and expertise in order to analyse and make sense of the huge amount of data quickly and to maximise international exposure.

Leak activism and hacktivism

And beyond the major news organisations, a culture of “leaks activism” has emerged. Hacktivist groups such asGlobaleaks have developed technology for secure and anonymous leaking. Local or thematically-oriented initiatives provide new opportunities for whistleblowers to expose secret information. Citizen Leaks in Spain, for example, acts as an intermediary that accepts leaks, reviews them, and sends them on to partner newspapers. Run by Xnet, an anti-corruption group, Citizen Leaks has helped uncover major cases of corruption in Spain that brought to court leading Spanish politicians such as former minister of the economy and chairman of Spain’s largest bank, Rodrigo Rato.

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As intermediaries rather than publishers, organisations such as Citizen Leaks remain largely invisible to the public. But their role is crucial to expose corruption and other wrongdoings and so they are an important feature of the changing media landscape. Following the WikiLeaks revelations in 2010-11, US scholar Yochai Benkler conceptualised this emerging news environment as a “networked fourth estate”, in which classic news organisations interact with citizen journalists, alternative and community media, online news platforms, and new organisations such as WikiLeaks and Citizen Leaks. In Snowden’s case, he (the whistleblower) worked with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, independent journalist and former lawyer Glenn Greenwald, and The Guardian, a traditional media organisation.

Leaks activist groups and platforms are increasingly relevant because digitisation makes it easy to collect and transmit vast troves of data. The 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers that Daniel Ellsberg had to photocopy in 1971 would be a small PDF file today, while the huge amounts of documents that comprise the Panama Papers would have been impossible to leak in pre-digital times.

No love lost for whistleblowers

Consequently, as organisations become more vulnerable to leaks they try to protect themselves through other means. TheInsider Threat Program adopted for US public administrative agencies requires employees to report to their superiors any “suspicious” behaviour by colleagues.

Under the Obama administration more whistleblowers have been prosecuted than under all previous Presidents combined. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and Snowden lives in exile in Russia. So as leaks become more common, the response by states and corporations becomes harsher.

Whistleblowers are exposing the secrets of the powerful and the foundations on which contemporary political and economic power relations are built. Activism based around hacking, leaks and the release of data has put tools to affect world politics into the hands of those outside the classic structures of power and influence. Yet as previous high-profile leaks have shown, the degree and direction of change is far from clear, and there’s no doubt that the consequences for whistleblowers can be life-changing. With the stakes rarely higher, the struggle to control information is likely to stay at the top of the political agenda.

The Conversation

Arne Hintz is a senior lecturer in media at Cardiff University.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.