Alan Rusbridger is Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is also Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. For twenty years he was Editor in Chief of The Guardian. (October 2016)


The Snowden Leaks and the Public

As the Snowden revelations proceeded it became apparent how reliant the security services actually are on the commercial services we all use—the Internet service providers, phone companies, and social networks—for help, both official and unofficial. Both in the US and in the UK the cloak of legal secrecy that surrounds this activity is such that no company dares come out openly and discuss its relations with the secret services. It is illegal to do so. For their part, governments on both sides of the Atlantic are terrified that commercial companies will “run for the hills” if consumers learn quite how accommodating they have been with their data.

A Chill on ‘The Guardian’

A newly opened Tesco supermarket in Beijing, January 2007
Among all the postmortems that will inevitably follow the dramatic implosion of the global financial system, there will doubtless be one on how it was covered in the press. Was there sufficient information in the public domain about the dangers of financial derivatives and subprime mortgages? Did news organizations, facing …