What is whistleblowing

The term whistleblower derives from the practice of English bobbies, who would blow their whistles when they noticed the commission of a crime. The whistle would alert both law enforcement officers and the general public of danger.

Definition of a whistleblower

Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report misconduct to a fellow employee or superior within their company. External whistleblowers, however, report misconduct to outside persons or entities. In these cases, depending on the information’s severity and nature, whistleblowers may report the misconduct to lawyers, the media, law enforcement or watchdog agencies, or other local, state, or federal agencies.

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Societal verification: wave of the future?

Societal Vertification has been discussed for decades under different names, like ‘citizens’ reporting’, ‘inspection by the people’ and ‘social monitoring’. Although there is no agreed legal definition, societal verification connotes the involvement of civil society in monitoring national compliance with, and overall implementation
of, international treaties or agreements. One important element is citizens’ reporting of violations or attempted violations of agreements by their own government or others in their own country.

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