Tag: security

by Tom Lowenthal

Facebook announced on October 31 that it has made it easier and safer for users to gain access to its social network by using a dedicated Tor hidden service at https://facebookcorewwwi.onion. A dedicated hidden service access point is a powerful move to protect journalists and anyone else who uses Tor to protect privacy or circumvent censorship. […] more »

by Sarah Lange

Since the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, civil society has been losing ground, largely without its knowledge, in its ability to effectively organize and mount a non-violent civil resistance movement against corrupt and authoritarian regimes. Its recent government, like many throughout the world, had overwhelmingly gained the power advantage in controlling and monitoring communication through […] more »

by Ela Stapley

Being a journalist in Mexico is dangerous. Reporters working in states most affected by drug-related violence have seen their beat change drastically since 2006, when former Mexican President Felipe Calderón launched an offensive against organized crime. For many journalists, local news now involves reporting on turf wars, missing people and mass graves. The type of […] more »

by Susan McGregor

Journalists are perhaps second only to human-rights activists in the need for digital security practices in their work. Yet while journalists operating in repressive regimes have for decades known all too intimately the perils of loose communication practices, many of these understandings have only recently started to become clear for journalists in the U.S. For […] more »

by Sandra Ordonez

A few years back, the first digital tsunami hit the journalism world, and I became fascinated with how digital was transforming the field. After conducting more than 350 interviews with diverse journalism experts, it was apparent that journalists saw the new opportunities that the digital world offered, but felt that they and journalism departments lacked the […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Last week the emergence of three separate crowdfunding campaigns for private security patrols in Oakland’s Lower Rockridge and Uplands neighborhoods provoked a lot of debate and criticism. For some people, it was a clear example of crowdfunding crossing a line. Not a line of good taste or judicial process as we’ve seen before, but the […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

Along with the other free peoples of the Internet, we’ve been discussing our reactions to PRISM, and whether and how U.S. — and global — citizens might be able to organize against this unprecedented digital spying. There are more questions than answers at the moment, and there’s an enormous challenge of confronting a massive entity […] more »

by Eric Westervelt

Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation offers tips on how journalists can protect themselves and their sources. Photo: Dawn Garcia Truism of the day: Your digital perimeter is not secure. You know that. The question for journalists is what can you do right now to strengthen it? Are your editors and managing editors doing […] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Activists, rights defenders and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing and documenting. Mobile gadgets provide countless benefits — relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach — but they also present specific risks. Mobile communication is inherently insecure and exposes you to risks that aren’t easy to detect or overcome. SaferMobile is […] more »

by David Gurman

Sundev Lohr contributed research and writing to this post. How can you share war stories online, in real time, without compromising operational security? Can a reporting system be designed to ensure that, while in the field, your story can be communicated without giving the enemy information they could use to harm you? Can you censor […] more »