Encryption and Operational Security for Journalists


Join Hacks/Hackers NYC on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. for a practical course on encryption and operational security for journalists.

Why and when would you want to encrypt your communications? What type of security does encryption provide? What type of security doesn't encryption provide? What are the basic concepts behind encryption? And how do they fit into email, IM, web browsing? And what should you be aware of in light of recent reporting on the NSA's surveillance and backdoor operations?

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of The Wall Street Journal and Mike Tigas, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow in residence at ProPublica, will explain the big picture, give specific advice, and help attendees install their recommended encryption software. (Attendees must bring their own laptops.)

To attend Encryption and Operational Security for Journalists, RSVP today ($10, payable in advance) to Hacks/Hackers NYC.

Refund policy: Cancel at least 24 hours before the event (that is, no later than 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15) to receive a full refund. We cannot issue refunds after that time.

More about our speakers:

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries (http://jennifervalentinodevries.com) is a reporter working on special projects at the The Wall Street Journal. She is a key member of the team behind "What They Know (http://online.wsj.com/public/page/what-they-know-digital-privacy.html)," the Journal's long-running series on digital privacy. Her current coverage focuses on technological tracking and surveillance.

Mike Tigas (https://mike.tig.as) is a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow (http://www.mozillaopennews.org/fellowships/), working with ProPublica’s News Applications (http://www.propublica.org/nerds) desk. He primarily works on tools for online privacy and the liberation of public data. He is also the developer of Onion Browser (https://mike.tig.as/onionbrowser/), a Tor-powered web browser for iOS.

The agenda:

6:30 p.m. Doors and light dinner

7 p.m. Presentation by Jen Valentino + Q&A

7:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Encryption software install fest led by Mike Tigas

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