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About Vian Bakir

Vian Bakir is Professor in Political Communication and Journalism at Bangor University, Wales, UK. She is author of Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror: Agenda-Building Struggles (2013) and Sousveillance, Media and Strategic Political Communication: Iraq, USA, UK (2010). She is guest editor of International Journal of Press/Politics (2015) Special Issue on News, Agenda-Building and Intelligence Agencies. She is Principal Investigator on Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series (2014-16), DATA - PSST! Debating & Assessing Transparency Arrangements: Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust; and Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (2016-17), Political-Intelligence Elites: Towards Better Public Accountability through a Co-created Benchmark for Civil Society.

Articles by Vian Bakir

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

From torture to de-radicalisation: towards public accountability of secret policies designed to prevent terrorism

To penetrate walls of official secrecy and eddies of highly selective information provision, civil society might use the proposed benchmark of accountability demands to help navigate this difficult area.

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