IRE Radio Podcast | Protect and Surveil

If you’ve ever been stopped by police, it’s likely an officer filled out something called a field contact report. Officials say the documents can be useful crime-solving tools, but they also have an unintended side effect: police now have massive digital databases tracking law-abiding citizens. On this episode, Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp of The…

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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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IRE collaborates with Pew Research Center on electronic security survey

IRE is working in partnership with the Pew Research Center to survey investigative journalists – including many IRE members – about challenges and concerns surrounding electronic surveillance, digital privacy and protections for investigative journalism in the U.S. today. The survey is confidential, and selected participants will receive an invitation via email. Findings will be available…

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Petition offers journalists a chance to support Risen

Last month, more than 1,600 IRE members gathered in San Francisco for training and to discuss the biggest issues facing our craft. Chief among them was the threat of government actions against investigative journalists and their sources, as underscored by Lowell Bergman’s keynote speech, a panel on whistleblowers including Daniel Ellsberg and a showcase panel…

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Internet Archive of TV clips on NSA revelations released

The Internet Archive has released an experimental library of television news clips covering revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.  The library allows users to search over 700 clips dating back from 2009. The library is searchable by transcripts, speakers, or date.  It is currently only accessible via Chrome and Safari browsers.  Clips may…

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Committee to Protect Journalists releases report on Obama administration and the press

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a report today titled The Obama Administration and the Press, stating that “electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.” President Barack Obama pledged open government as he entered office, but his administration has fallen far short of those promises, according to CPJ. Since 2009, six government…

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New webinar: Spycraft for journalists

Watch now: Spycraft for Journalists Keep your sources and your secrets safe from prying eyes. In IRE’s latest webinar, Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University, explains spycraft for journalists. This webinar covers the use of cryptography, spoofing caller ID, anonymous email, throwaway phones, steganography and other covert techniques for communicating with…

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How journalists can learn safer communication and improve online security

The New York Times Magazine this week profiles documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and her role in helping National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leak thousands of classified documents regarding government surveillance programs. From the magazine: Poitras possesses a new skill set that is particularly vital — and far from the journalistic norm — in an…

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The Obama administration’s war on leaks

// Leonard Downie Jr, far right, moderates the showcase panel entitled “The government’s war on leaks” with (l-r) Michael Oreskes of the Associated Press, Lucy Dalglish of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, author James Bamford and independent journalist Quinn Norton. Photo: Travis Hartman. The Obama administration’s war on leaks didn’t start with Edward Snowden.…

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Day two of the IRE Conference, in pictures

Day two of the IRE Conference in San Antonio featured the event’s showcase panel, “The Government’s War on Leaks”. IRE board member Leonard Downie Jr. moderated a panel featuring Michael Oreskes of the Associated Press, Lucy Dalglish of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, author James Bamford, and independent journalist Quinn Norton. The panelists discussed NSA…

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