Virtual Whistleblowing

29 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2013 Last revised: 4 Jul 2014

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Miriam A. Cherry

St. John’s University - School of Law


With the advent of YouTube, blogs, social networking, and whistleblower websites such as WikiLeaks, the paradigm of whistleblowing is changing. The new paradigm for “virtual whistleblowing” is increasingly online, networked, and anonymous. While whistleblowing can take place in many contexts, this symposium article concentrates on the impact of technological changes on employment law whistleblowing. My contention for some time has been that existing regulation has been inadequate to cover existing forms of whistleblowing. Therefore, it is not surprising that existing whistleblowing laws have also failed to keep pace with the changes brought by modern technology. If older laws cannot be made to fit the new paradigm of virtual work, it is necessary to reassess and determine what changes in the law might fit new forms of whistleblowing more appropriately. This article hopes to begin that conversation.

Keywords: whistleblower, whistleblowers, whistleblowing, citizen employees, virtual whistlblowers, virtual work

Suggested Citation

Cherry, Miriam A., Virtual Whistleblowing. 54 South Texas Law Review 9 (2012), Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-19, Available at SSRN:

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St. John’s University - School of Law ( email )

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