March, 2020

New Issue: Ephemera Journal 19 (4) – The Ethico-Politics of Whistleblowing

Randi Heinrichs, Bernadette Loacker and Richard Weiskopf (eds.), “The Ethico-Politics of Whistleblowing: Mediated Truthtelling in Digital Cultures”, ephemera 19 (4), November 2019.

A number of spectacular cases have recently spurred research and public debate on whistleblowing. Portrayals of whistleblowers oscillate between the heroic and courageous ‘truth-teller’ and the morally dubious and dangerous ‘trouble-maker’. Whilst acknowledging the deep ambivalence of whistleblowing, this special issue moves beyond individualising accounts. It situates the experience of whistleblowing in the context of the wider political economy, and considers it to be shaped by variegated socio-economic and political discourses, legal frameworks, institutional and organisational norms, as well as digital technologies.

As such, this issue of ephemera seeks to open a space for discussing the specific ‘conditions of possibility’ of truth-telling and the multiple technologies, which mediate it in contemporary digital cultures. The notion of the ethico-politics of whistleblowing is introduced to address the irreducible entanglement of questions of ethics, politics and truth in the practice of ‘speaking out’. It suggests to explore the possibilities and limitations of questioning and re-negotiating established institutional practices and organisational norms.

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