What is journalism’s future? ‘Digital: after the deluge’ considers the ‘new media’ services—blogs, Google, Twitter, Facebook—that have transformed the way that people gather, edit, access, and consume news, but that also have had severe consequences for the news industry. The argument was that this new information ecology, or ‘fifth estate’, would inform people reliably, promote debate, and hold power to account. Journalism can only do this if it is trusted, and it will only be trusted if it embraces a discipline of verification. The activities of Matt Drudge, the American West Coast blogger, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and the secret service leaker, Edward Snowden, are also discussed.