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Philosophy Talk asks Edward Snowden about the Ethics of Whistleblowing

Jul 7, 2015

Should we think of whistleblowers as selfless martyrs, as traitors, or as something else?  Hear John Perry and Ken Taylor's conversation with the world's most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden.  Tuesday at 12pm.

You might think we each have a moral duty to expose any serious misconduct, dishonesty, or illegal activity we discover in an organization, especially when such conduct directly threatens the public interest. However, increasingly we are seeing whistleblowers punished more harshly than the alleged wrongdoers, who often seem to get off scot-free. Given the possibility of harsh retaliation, how should we understand our moral duty to tell the truth and reveal wrongdoing?  Do we need to change the laws to provide greater protection for whistleblowers?  John and Ken welcome our era's most renowned whistleblower, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, for his first-ever radio interview, recorded at Stanford earlier this year. Sunday 7/12 at 10 am and Tuesday 7/14 at 12 noon.