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Digital security for journalists & activists: Protect yourself and your sources

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Who’s spying on your phone conversations? How safe is email? Which messaging apps are best for protecting your sources? What are you unwittingly revealing on social media?

As the current controversy over Facebook tells us, everyone should be concerned about security in this age of apps and convenient communication. Journalists should be more concerned than most – yet digital security is barely touched on in newsrooms and media training courses.

Why should you worry? Here in South Africa, we know that there have been several cases of spying on journalists by state agencies who aren’t afraid to abuse the weaknesses in the RICA process. The most recent revelations came a few weeks ago, when Mail & Guardian reporter Athandiwe Saba found her cellphone number was fraudulently included on a warrant issued for intercepting an investigation into housebreaking. The records seized were then used in an official investigation into the Rail Service Regulator, which she had written about a year previously.

But it's not just investigative journalists that should be concerned. Could an attacker use your account to start sending Tweets that look like they come from a news organisation. Would malware on your PC potentially expose another team?

Whether it’s state spying or just the unimaginable number of threats that everyone on the internet faces, Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg has your back. You’re invited to join us on 16 April to find out more about cybersecurity and what you can do to protect yourself, at JoziHub, in 44 Stanley.

We’ll be joined by special guest Murray Hunter, the Right 2 Know Campaign's Organiser for Secrecy & Securitisation. Hunter has researched and written extensively about the problems with RICA and the need for better oversight and more transparency when it comes to state investigations – and he’ll be sharing his knowledge and insights on the subject.

Registration is free, and can be done at this link:

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