August 20, 2021

Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblowing In South Africa, Covid App Fiasco In UK (Exclusive For Paid Subscribers)


In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of August 19, 2021.

We highlight a report from Corruption Watch in South Africa on thousands of whistleblower complaints against municipalities (or local governments) over the past nine years.  

The show also covers an article from The Guardian on a whistleblower, who exposed a major problem with an app being used by the United Kingdom to notify residents that they were exposed to COVID-19.

In the conclusion, Kevin goes over a few stories reported at The Dissenter on drone whistleblower Brandon Bryant and whistleblowing against the Afghanistan War. He also takes an opportunity to rant against State Department spokesperson Ned Price, President Joe Biden's administration, and their refusal to publicly defend prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Listen to the "Dissenter Weekly" podcast version available exclusively for paid subscribers:

Corruption Watch: Whistleblowers Expose Nepotism, Bribery, And Disregard For Law In South Africa

Corruption Watch was launched by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)  in 2012. They put out a report on whistleblowing complaints, which have spiked considerably. (Source)

UK Government's COVID App Pinged Thousands To Isolate For No Reason

Whistleblower revealed how a government app for notifying UK residents of exposure to COVID-19 was configured incorrectly and represented a cavalier approach to privacy.  (Source)

EPA Scientists Working On Chemical Risk Assessments Prohibited From Talking To Colleagues

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says scientists within the Environmental Protection Agency are faced with restrictions on communicating with colleagues. (Source)

How A Drone Whistleblower In Montana Survived A Political Prosecution

As reported by The Dissenter, drone whistleblower Brandon Bryant prevailed in his trial in Missoula, Montana (Source)

The Afghanistan War and The Dissenters We Should've Listened To (Source)