Security tools for journalists

  • Event: 2017 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Olivia Martin of Freedom of the Press Foundation; Mike Tigas of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 2 at 9:00am
  • Location: River Terrace 2
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

With new threats posed daily to our ability to communicate with sources securely, maintain trust in our devices and research privately, it can feel impossible to know where to start with protecting your digital security. This demo, led by technologists and educators in the field, aims to teach journalists of any knowledge base how to identify their unique threat model and develop a security protocol — regarding secure communication, data storage, and browsing — accordingly. From addressing low-hanging fruit to mitigating sophisticated threats, the tools discussed in this session will introduce journalists to essential concepts in digital security and privacy.

Speaker Bios

  • Olivia Martin is a Digital Security Fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. She has spent years in newsrooms as a designer and editor, and uses this experience to aid in assessing the evolving needs of journalists in today's media landscape. @_olivemartini_

  • Mike is a hacker-journalist at ProPublica, where he works on news applications, network infrastructure, and digital security. Outside of ProPublica he is a core contributor to the Tor Project, working on censorship-circumventing mobile apps. He was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Studio20 digital journalism program and was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow. @mtigas

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