Alison Macrina founded the Library Freedom Project to help fellow librarians prevent spying on patrons’ online movements. In May 2015 she was featured in a cover story in The Nation entitled “Not Your Grandmother’s Librarian: Fighting Big Brother in the Digital Age.” She is also a core contributor to the Tor Project, designed to protect internet users’ freedom. Tor is a volunteer-operated/non-profit network that allows users to circumvent tracking and censorship, a tool that has been particularly valuable to investigatory journalists covering whistleblowers and dissidents.
Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (winner of the George Polk Book Award); Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (basis of an Oscar-nominated documentary film); and The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare. As an investigatory journalist, he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. He is co-founder with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras of The Intercept, an independent online news publication that was the organ for the release of documents uncovered by Edward Snowden.