Technology and Tools Track: Online security for journalists (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Nicholas Whitaker of Google News Lab; Jamie Albers of Jigsaw
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Oceans 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Safety and security online are important for all users, but especially for journalists in the field conducting sensitive, difficult, and sometimes dangerous reporting.

According to a recent study of more than 2,700 newsroom managers and journalists from 130 countries, at least half of those surveyed don’t use any tools or methods to protect their data and information online. Given the importance of journalism to open societies everywhere, it's important to ensure that newsrooms and journalists are equipped with the tools and training they need to be successful — and safe — while doing their work. 

Attend this workshop to learn how to protect yourself and your news organization from hacking, phishing, malware, other digital attacks and censorship — for the upcoming election season and beyond. More info: https://goo.gl/h7wTX1

*All attendees will receive a free hardware security key to help secure their digital communications, courtesy of Google and Jigsaw.

Speaker Bios

  • Jamie leads product marketing for Jigsaw, a technology incubator  within Alphabet that uses technology to make the world safer by tackling geopolitical challenges from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship. Jamie created and oversees the Protect Your Election program, a joint initiative with Google that aims to help protect election critical information from digital attacks and to support high quality election reporting.

  • Nicholas Whitaker is the Training and Development Manager at the Google News Lab - a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. You can learn more at g.co/newstraining. @nickdigital

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