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Information security for journalists

NOTE: We're limiting this to full-time journalists and coders since space is so limited. We'll have follow-up sessions on the topic in the future. 

We're back! It's been a while Hacks/Hackers, but we're entering the new year with a timely event: how do journalists communicate securely and protect their work.

Data Guild is hosting a hands-on operational security workshop with Hacks/Hackers on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. If you are a Bay Area reporter, come learn the threats facing journalists and effective ways to respond.  

The format will be a balance between informal, interactive small-group discussions and workstations where participants can bring their own devices, ask questions, and get help with their own security configurations. Every participant should leave with more confidence in their security practices and a better understanding of the unique threats. Journalists should understand how to protect themselves, as well as their network of colleagues, sources, partners, and social connections. 


6:00 - 6:30 Snacks and chatting

6:30 - 7:15 Presentation

7:15 - 9:00 Workshop 


• What is a threat model? What is your threat model?

• Special needs for investigative journalists

• Threat actors and commonly-seen tactics

• Tradecraft pointers for journalists

• Security workflows and best practices for groups

• Expert-staffed workstations for tool-based specifics – software and hardware. BYOD

Security experts will work with participants one-on-one and in small groups. Please bring your laptop or other devices to work on this if you choose. 

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  • Sean S.

    So sorry I can't make it. :( something came up last minute. Will any materials be posted online? Will the talks be recorded?

    4 days ago

  • Michelle Z.

    Our SF Librarian Meetup holiday party is tomorrow, so I changed my RSVP. See you next time!

    4 days ago

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