Technology & Tools Track: Reporters, digital security, and emerging threats

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jorge Luis Sierra of Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers; Neena Kapur of The New York Times; Kristen Kozinski of The New York Times; David Maass of Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether covering a local beat or investigating national security, journalists must make deliberate decisions about how they protect their devices, communications, and sensitive data, particularly in an era of mass surveillance, data breaches, and targeted hacking. However, there is no suite of tools or practices that will fit all circumstances, and the field of options can be daunting. The panelists will provide an overview of basic threat modeling, device security, encrypted communications, and an array of online resources that can help inform newsroom discussions about these critical issues as the risks facing journalists evolve. 

Speaker Bios

  • Neena Kapur is currently a senior information security analyst at The New York Times, where she implements innovative solutions to combat modern threats targeting journalists and the media industry. Neena previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a cyber threat intelligence analyst, where she researched cybercriminal activity. Neena is passionate about finding interdisciplinary solutions for issues at the intersection of technology, security, and policy. @neenahyena

  • Kristen manages the security education program at The New York Times. Before joining The Times she worked as an application security engineer and helped build secure coding education at email marketing platform, Mailchimp. She is passionate about building accessible security education and resources for journalists around the world. @dontclickonthat

  • Dave Maass is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As a member of the EFF Threat Lab, he researches how surveillance technology impacts communities and targets individuals, including journalists and activists. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno's Reynolds School of Journalism, where he lectures on surveillance and cybersecurity and leads a project mapping law enforcement technology.

  • Jorge Luis is the co-founder and president of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, a non-profit organization based in Edinburg Texas. He is leading the Investigative Reporting Border Hub project to produce data-driven stories on corruption issues at both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. He is an expert on cybersecurity and developed the Salama web application for journalists to conduct a risk assessment and improve their security posture.

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