Lock it down: Protecting yourself, your data and your sources

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Marcus Baram of Fast Company; Alex Harris of Miami Herald; Adam Marshall of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Paul Myers of BBC News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 11:30am
  • Location: Oceans 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This panel will cover tips and tech to keep your data, your sources and your personal information safe in an increasingly digital world. We'll hear from journalists who have dealt with online impersonation and trolling, and cover tips for dealing with these attacks when they occur. We'll also discuss basic threat modeling and how you can use technology like Signal and email encryption to secure your information.

Speaker Bios

  • Marcus Baram has worked as an editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. He has written and reported for the New York Daily News, ABC News, the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York magazine, and the Village Voice. He's also the author of the critically-acclaimed biography "Pieces of a Man: Gil Scott-Heron," has waited on tables, bartended, deejayed at nightclubs, driven an ice cream truck, and taught elementary [email protected]


  • Alex Harris writes about climate change for the Miami Herald. She's covered the Pulse massacre, the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys and the Parkland school shooting. In Miami, she heads the local chapter of the Online News Association. She graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in journalism and sustainability studies. @harrisalexc

  • Adam A. Marshall is the Knight Foundation litigation attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. His work includes federal and state litigation, writing amicus briefs and training journalists. In 2017, Adam was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30: Media” list for his work promoting government transparency. He is the co-author of a chapter on FOIA in "Troubling Transparency" (CUP 2018). You can find his occasional FOIA rants on Twitter: @a_marshall_plan

  • Paul has experience in computing and internet research that dates back to 1978. He joined the BBC in 1995. As the internet grew in significance, Paul was able to blend his technical knowledge with the realities of his work in journalism. He currently heads up BBC Academy's Investigation Support, working within program teams, solving issues related to investigation. He’s also trained staff from The UN, the FT, the World Bank and many others. @paulmyersbbc

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