Avoiding prying eyes

  • Event: 2015 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Julia Angwin of ProPublica; Jack Gillum of ProPublica; Trish Wilson of The Associated Press; Jesse Holcomb of Pew Research Center
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 6 at 3:40pm
  • Location: Franklin 1&2
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Jesse Holcomb, Pew Research Center

Governments and private snoops are forcing journalists to change how we use technology to safeguard our reporting. We’ll examine best security practices that reporters and editors can take to shield their sources, both in the United States and around the globe. And we’ll showcase free — and easy — tools that journalists can use to help keep their work private.


Speaker Bios

  • Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," was published by Times Books in 2014. @JuliaAngwin

  • ProPublica senior reporter covering the intersection of technology and civil rights, with a focus on algorithms and criminal justice. Previously covered D.C.-based investigations at The Washington Post and The Associated Press, and worked for USA Today and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. @jackgillum 


  • Jesse Holcomb is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, where he studies journalism, technology and informed communities. Holcomb has authored studies on digital security and investigative journalism, local news ecosystems, and the sustainability of nonprofit journalism. Before joining the Pew Research Center, Holcomb was a staff writer at the Public Interest Network and editorial assistant at Sojourners magazine. @jesseholcomb

  • As AP's International Investigations Editor, Trish oversees investigations beyond U.S. borders but often tied to U.S. government or businesses. Previously, she ran AP's English coverage in Latin America from Mexico City. Her work includes U.S. AID's "Secret Cuban Twitter," and Honduras's slide into chaos. Before AP, Trish was AME for science, medicine and investigations at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Wash., D.C. @trishwbelli

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    For journalists, keeping secrets is arguably far more difficult in today’s world, where nearly every form of communication - from e-mails, phone calls, text messages and even face-to-face meetings – can leave a digital trace that can and likely will be analyzed for clues in a leak investigation. Here are some tips and strategies for ways to protect sources.