Securing data, sources and yourself

By Uliana Pavlova We live in the age of cybersecurity, when it is more important than ever to protect our information and sources digitally. Olivia Martin from the Freedom of the Press Foundation and Mike Tigas of ProPublica offered useful tips and tools on digital security for journalists at the CAR Conference. Why does security…

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Security tips for international journalists traveling to the CAR Conference

By Olivia Martin, Freedom of the Press Foundation  Foreign correspondents traveling to the U.S. should request to speak to their lawyer if they are detained, stopped for questioning, or compelled to give up decryption or social media passwords at the U.S. border. Before leaving home, it is recommended that they have their attorney’s contact information…

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Digital dark arts: How to secure your data and boost your sleuthing skills

By Carlie Procell Mike Tigas, a news applications developer at ProPublica, and Nicole Hensley, a reporter at the New York Daily News, addressed some cybersecurity issues journalists face and offered tips and tricks for working around them. “As journalists we have to communicate with sources,” Tigas said during the “Digital dark arts” panel. “So we’re…

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Security for journalists: How to keep your sources and your information safe

When you write to your colleagues, text your friends or speak to your sources, it may seem like the only people with access to the conversation are you and the other person. For most people, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Independent journalist Quinn Norton, Andy Boyle of NBC News and Jeff Larson of…

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Look for election and security tracks at the 2016 CAR Conference

While you’re planning your days at the upcoming CAR Conference in Denver, keep in mind that we’ve planned special tracks on covering elections and digital security. Here’s a rundown of the sessions in each track. You can learn more about each session by clicking through to the session description.   Election track: From campaign finance…

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NICAR Preview: Don’t miss these Sunday morning sessions

While planning your travel for NICAR16 in Denver, don’t forget about Sunday morning. In addition to a lineup of panels and hands-on classes, we’ll be offering the following special sessions: A three-hour interactive workshop with Quinn Norton. “Seeing like a network: Learning how to think about digital security” will cover what’s known as “threat modeling”…

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Survey: Investigative reporting continues despite surveillance, privacy concerns

Despite concerns over government surveillance, a recent survey of IRE members found that few have let those worries prevent them from pursuing a story or reaching out to a source. In December the Pew Research center surveyed journalists who are IRE members about issues including electronic surveillance and digital privacy. Today Pew released its findings,…

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