Jean-Marc Manach is a french investigative journalist working on surveillance, privacy and intelligence issues (among other things) since the late 90s.

He has written numerous information security manuals explaining how to protect ones sources and communications, worked with Reporters Without Borders for their Online survival kit, with WikiLeaks on numerous issues, including its SpyFiles, and wrote two books about privacy and the surveillance society, and another about Amesys, the french company who designed and sold a “massive interception” system for Muammar Gaddafi's libya intelligence services.

Working with Nicolas Kayser Bril, for OWNI, which won 2 Online Journalism Awards, in 2010 & 2011, he was one of the (french) pioneers of the #datajournalism new ways of dealing with facts & figures. In 2013, prior to Snowden’s coming out, he co-authored a documentary, “A Counter History of the Internet”, featuring several internet freedom fighters including Julian Assange, John Perry Barlow, Rickard Falkvinge, Eben Moglen, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Bruce Schneier and Richard Stallman. In 2014, he was part of The Migrant Files, a project wich revealed that, since 2000, more than 23 000 migrants died trying to seek refuge in Europe, which received a Data Journalism Awards and an European Press Prize. Some of his other investigations revealed: how European companies sold digital and surveillance weapons to non-democratic countries before the Arab Spring, which pushed France to request an update of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies; . a design flaw in the biometric technology used to verify traveller's identity in french airports (although this technology had been validated by the German Federal Office for Information Security -BSI); . numerous technical and legal issues with the (then) new french biometric identity card's proposal, wich was later censored by the french Constitutional Council as too privacy-invasive He wrote for The Intercept, and some of his articles have been translated in english. ...

Basic information

Jean-Marc Manach
surveillance, privacy, intelligence issues

Supported projects

The Migrants Files

  • Data Journalism
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Politics

The Migrants Files is a project by a European consortium of journalists that aims at precisely assessing the number of men, women and children that died as a result of EU Member States migration policies.