Dispatch: Secure, authenticated, instant mobile publishing

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kanak Biscuitwala of Stanford University; Susan McGregor of Tow Center - Columbia University; Mathias Lecuyer of Columbia University; Madeline Ross of Columbia Journalism School
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 2 at 10:00am
  • Location: Churchill Downs
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Dispatch is a unique publishing tool that allows journalists working in conflict areas to publish their work and communicate with sources instantly and securely. Using a unique, identity-based encryption scheme, Dispatch helps separate your published work from your real identity, while still giving your readers confidence that the material you post really came from you. And, while it publishes to the internet, Dispatch helps make sure your work gets out even when the internet is down, through direct, device-to-device sharing that publishes to the web as soon as connectivity is restored.

In this session, we'll introduce the technologies and principles that drive Dispatch, and in the process highlight the issues that reporters all over the world need to be aware of when working with networked technologies. Participants will also be able to download and use the app themselves, and offer feedback on its functionality and design.

Speaker Bios

  • Kanak Biscuitwala is a graduate student in Computer Science at Stanford. He is working under the direction of Monica Lam as part the Mobile and Social Computing Research Group, in which he has explored applications of mobile devices in new domains including finance, student experience, and journalism. He received his BS in Computer Science from UCLA in 2011. Along the way, he has interned at several companies covering a wide range of the Computer Science spectrum. @kinselofant

  • Mathias Lecuyer is a master student at Columbia University. He is working with the Brown Institute on Dispatch, a secure publishing platform. @matlecu

  • As a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, Susan specializes in areas of data journalism and information visualization, drawing on her several years’ experience as the Senior Programmer of the News Graphics team at WSJ.com, where she helped develop the initial "What They Know" series. Her current academic research focuses on digital security and privacy issues for journalists. @SusanEMcG

  • Madeline Ross is a multimedia journalist and research assistant working on the Dispatch App. Prior to working with Dispatch, she researched emerging technology companies at Gerson Lehrman Group and was a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in publications including Interview Magazine, Vs. and Grist. She is currently completing dual graduate degrees in journalism and international affairs at Columbia University. @madelinekbr

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