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Whistle-blowing is usually regarded as a way to identify abuse and wrongdoing on the part of governments and corporations. In this paper we show how, at a micro level, whistle-blowing can be used as a designer tool to prevent opportunistic behavior, that takes the form of collusion or blackmail, on the part of members of a simple hierarchical structure. We focus on a three-layered principal-supervisor-agent structure and show how the principal can use whistle-blowing as a way to prevent thedoi:10.1561/100.00015060 fatcat:7ooubglke5hx5kzk555rtmhaly