Online security for journalists and activists

I was invited by the International Center for Journalists to give two lectures to a group of South Asian journalists on digital media strategies and online safety. The first I gave a couple of days ago, and today I gave a presentation on how they could navigate online security issues.

As expected, the questions ranged from how secure Skype was to questions over email security and safety. I’ve often wondered how this region’s investigative journalists get away with such a poor knowledge of online security, both in the sense of how tools and platforms can aid their work, and also how sophisticated and pervasive digital surveillance has become. Though there are now a lot more resources freely available on the web, more needs to be done to make them accessible by non-English speakers, and those who today use their mobile devices more than their PCs to produce the stories that matter.

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