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Encrypt Yourself!

In light of the recent events questioning the safety and security of journalists, Hacks/Hackers DC’s next meetup will be on encryption and online security for journalists. After the event network with fellow members at Matchbox.

Some of the things we'll cover:

• Basic concepts of encryption:

• Why should journalists encrypt their data?

• What type of communications can and should be encrypted?

• How does this affect other forms of communications; email, text messaging, social media, browsing the Internet? What precautions should journalists take in these scenarios?

Our panelists are: 

Ashley Holtz, Forensic Technology Senior Associate, KPMG LLP

Ashley is a software engineer, technology consultant and security expert with a background in software development, probability simulation, application and network security. She has experience programming in most computer languages and operating systems. She regularly teaches/speaks at conferences on programming, security and encryption topics and is the Outreach Director at DC Web Women. 

Karen Reilly, Development Director, Tor Project

Karen is responsible for fundraising, advocacy, general marketing and policy outreach programs for Tor. She is also available to speak for audiences about the benefits of online anonymity, privacy, and Tor. You can follow her on Twitter @akareilly. 

Steven Rich, Database Editor for Investigations, The Washington Post

Steven is a reporter and editor specializing in data analysis at the Post. He’s a member of the reporting team that used documents provided by Edward Snowden to report on NSA programs and methods. He also regularly advocates for anonymity and encryption to anyone who will listen. Follow him on twitter at @dataeditor.

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  • Durell Jamal H.

    I thought the panel was knowledgable and the topic was carefully selected. This is the type of meet up I have been trying to find. Way to go!!!

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Rachel

      Hi Durell, If you're interested in signing up for the cyber security training, here is the link:­ There were only 12 seats left yesterday afternoon for the interactive Saturday trainings

      September 19, 2014

  • Rachel

    If anyone is interested in participating in a hands-on training series on encryption techniques for journalists (freelancers and student reporters welcome!) in September at the National Press Club, shoot me an email ([masked]) and I'll send you the press release when it's ready. We're trying to keep this as cheap as possible but there'll probably be a nominal fee.

    August 1, 2014

    • Durell Jamal H.

      I was wondering if you could send me some information about it when you get a chance. [masked]

      August 1, 2014

  • Gregory F.

    The meetup was nice, I learned a lot! Thanks

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Jackie J.

    Will be at NABJ, but hoping Latoya will catch me up. I want to know how this helps with the reporting of sensitive materials and protect journalists from (Oh, the irony!)leaks.

    July 15, 2014

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