Technology and Tools Track: Digital security risks — and what you can do about them (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Mike Tigas of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Oceans 9-10
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The digital world presents journalists with unique problems while communicating with sources and colleagues. Come to this session for a primer on the risks inherent in digital communications, how to evaluate your own risks and ways to protect yourself with modern tools.

Lots of security tools are unusable nightmares! This session will focus on pragmatic, realistic tools and ways of approaching digital risk, rather than paranoia (and tools you'll never get your friends or sources to use). Whether you're a reporter regularly dealing with sensitive sources, or if you're just curious to learn more about the tech we take for granted, this session is for you.

Speaker Bios

  • 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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