Annie Machon

Professional Title: Formerly MI5, currently using my intelligence. Also European Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Industry: International Affairs

Currently with: LEAP Europe, Freelance

Previously with: Freelance, The UK Security Service (MI5)

THNK Connection: Forum Guest


Annie Machon, founder of the Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic Sources and former MI5 spy, engaged our participant in a spirited exchange about transparency, privacy rights and democracy. According to Machon, “whistle-blowers are the regulators of last resort” in a system which is no longer accountable to anyone. Participants passionately argued for different positions on the possibility and desirability of intentional data sharing.