Quotes by: Heather Brooke

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Heather Brooke
Brooke in 2012
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Pennsylvania, United States
Residence London, England
Nationality American, British
Citizenship United States, United Kingdom
Education University of Washington Double degree in Journalism and Political Science, 1992 University of Warwick Master's degree in English Literature
Occupation Journalist, writer
Known for Role in exposing the 2009 British MP expenses scandal
Website heatherbrooke.org

The movement towards radical transparency and accountability has been gaining steam for several decades.
Heather Brooke
In America, you have the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. You've got drones now being considered for domestic surveillance. You have the National Security Agency building the world's giantest spy center.
Heather Brooke
If you don't think there is any value in the work I, or any other serious journalists do, then don't spend your money on it. At least you have the choice.
Heather Brooke
Politicians often claim secrecy is necessary for good governance or national security.
Heather Brooke
The way the Establishment deals with people like me is to ignore them. When you become unignorable, they will try to smear you, and that's what I feared for a long time. Now I have somehow vaulted into this space where it's difficult for someone to smear me because it would look as though they were being vindictive and spiteful.
Heather Brooke
Traditional publishers require an author to submit a manuscript six months in advance, and if pressed, no later than two or three.
Heather Brooke
When I was 26 or 27, I gave up journalism. I came to England after my mom died, to let serendipity take its course. And I just found myself back in journalism again.
Heather Brooke
I've written for 'The Times' because they have valued what I do enough to pay me. The 'New Statesman' magazine also asked me to write an article, but they didn't want to pay me anything. To me, that shows how much they value quality journalism.
Heather Brooke
There's a lot of hand-wringing going on about the death of journalism and particularly the death of investigative journalism. What I see is that there is more need than ever to have experienced information processors - people who can look through this mass of data.
Heather Brooke
Newspapers are not free and they never have been. They can appear to be so, but someone, somewhere is covering the costs whether that is through advertising, a patron's largesse or a license fee. Advertising is no longer subsidising the industry and so the cost must fall somewhere - why not on the people who use it?
Heather Brooke
You can't hope for a better result as a campaigner than to have the prime minister announce a major policy change within 48 hours of your documentary.
Heather Brooke
Politicians often claim secrecy is necessary for good governance or national security.
Heather Brooke
It seems appropriate that the author of '1984' was a British citizen. George Orwell must have seen how easily the great British public's lamb-like disposition toward its leaders could be exploited to create a police state.
Heather Brooke
There is a very intense culture of secrecy in Britain that hasn't yet been dismantled. What passes for transparency here would serve any secret society well.
Heather Brooke
A lack of government oversight hasn't hindered the Internet. Quite the opposite. A hands-off approach is largely responsible for its fantastic growth and success.
Heather Brooke
I'm very optimistic, but I'm optimistic about individuals, not institutions.
Heather Brooke
In Britain, it's bred into you, the idea that you can't really change anything, so why bother. When I went to school in America, it was the total opposite view - you, as an individual, can change anything and everything. It's how you're raised.
Heather Brooke
The values of WikiLeaks have been completely overshadowed by Julian Assange.
Heather Brooke
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