The ethics and law of reporting on hacked data

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jack Gillum of ProPublica; Quinn Norton of independent journalist; Jeremy Singer-Vine of BuzzFeed News; Nabiha Syed of BuzzFeed News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Jeremy Singer-Vine, BuzzFeed News

Sony. Hacking Team. Ashley Madison. With increasing frequency, journalists face the quandary: To report, or not report, on massive data dumps posted online by hackers? What types of stories are fair game? This panel will discuss, and argue, the ethical and legal boundaries of reporting on hacked data.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Jack Gillum is a senior reporter at ProPublica covering the intersection of technology and privacy, focusing this year on election security and disinformation. He’s previously reported on D.C.-based investigations at The Washington Post and The Associated Press, and worked for USA Today and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. @jackgillum  

  • Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets -- they are also the places new freedoms are born. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing. She covers subjects from science & technology to law & medicine, but she always comes back to hackers.

  • Jeremy Singer-Vine is the data editor at BuzzFeed News. He also publishes Data Is Plural, a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. Website:

  • Nabiha Syed is an Assistant General Counsel at BuzzFeed, where she focuses on editorial and access litigation matters. Prior to BuzzFeed, Nabiha counseled on newsgathering technology issues at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a leading media law firm, and served as the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. Described as "one of the best emerging free speech lawyers" by Forbes magazine, she is a non-resident fellow at both Stanford Law School and Yale Law School.

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