In the era of digital surveillance, investigative journalists are increasingly turning to anonymity technologies to protect their communications with their sources. The goal of my research project is to understand how the use of these technologies impacts the practices and representations of investigative journalism in Canada.
I first seek to determine to what extent the configuration of the social space of this professional body is jostled by the emergence of these tools. What new actors are involved in the survey process and what impact do these changes have on survey methods and journalistic productions? How do the relations between journalists evolve? What new skills do investigative journalists need to acquire and how does this change their "typical profile"?
I am also interested in what these tools provoke in the relationship with journalistic sources. Does Digital Anonymity Encourage Individuals to Alert? Does the means of transmitting information impact the profile of journalistic sources? How are the shape and content of data leaks impacted? Are the revelations impacted and if so, how?
Finally, I want to know if the representations that investigative journalists have of their profession and their role in society are modified by the use of these tools. If yes, how ?
This study is qualitative and based on interviews with Canadian investigative journalists.
This content has been updated on 8 February 2022 at 16 h 54 min.