At the end of this inaugural year, we are young and inexperienced as ever, humbled by the amount of talent around us, and excited for the future. This year has taught us a lot, and I would like to share these experiences with you.
Say the word “pedophilia” in public and watch the quasi-universal reaction –there is nothing we loathe more, nothing we are more reluctant to talk about than pedophilia. During ten months, VG built a world map of thousands of men who had downloaded, and sometimes paid for, over 430, 000 files showing violent sexual abuse of children.
On 12 December 2014, after weeks of intensive research conducted by a team of journalists and technical experts, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten exposed evidence of widespread espionage of Norwegian political and economic actors in central Oslo. On 23 June, Aftenposten presented a new report, based on Delma’s analysis, which confirmed that IMSI catchers were being used all over Oslo, from the Parliament to Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office, to Aker Brygge and around Parkveien, home to many foreign embassies.
This is important: it is not known whether Jackie was in fact raped or not, but the public’s perception following the story is that of a cunning, hysterical liar, an attention-seeking fabulist. This, and not the jaw-dropping failure of the magazine, or the very real problem of campus sexual assault, is what readers everywhere will come away with.
In the fall of 2014, prize-winning political journalist Per Anders Johansen came across a document in a database, titled “Guidelines for the notification of mobile-regulated zones”. Intrigued, Johansen set out to understand the obscure concept of mobile regulation. It was while further researching this topic that Johansen first discovered, and made the connection with, IMSI catchers.