Whistleblowers expose illegal, deceitful and immoral behavior in corporations, governments and other organizations, often at great personal risk. But whistleblowers also divide society, cause public unrest, endanger second- and third-party lives, and sometimes personally profit from their actions. With the the rise in the past years of whistleblowing activity, the influence of organizations such as WikiLeaks has skyrocketed, despite the lack of transparency and blatant content curation.
How should we as a society deal with whistleblowing? When is it “OK” to expose corporate behavior? How far should whisteblower protection laws and tools go? Are there things that should not be published? Where does the burden of proof lie, and who is responsible for the consequences of such exposure?