Digital Security; Journalists at Risk

GJS’ Frank Smyth is speaking at two San Francisco events. A Society of Professional Journalists Sept. 19 panel on Digital Security Tools for Working Journalists with First Amendment attorney Geoffrey King, CPJ’s Danny O’Brien and Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan. An Online News Association Sept. 22 panel on Journalism Under Duress: Risks of Reporting Conflict with CPJ’s Danny O’Brien.

Paying attention to digital security has become essential. Join SPJ on Wednesday, September 19 in San Francisco as we learn from the experts about measures every journalist should take and tools they should use to keep their notes and communications secure. Panelists will include: Frank Smyth, founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security; Geoffrey King, Co-Chair of the NorCal SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee; Danny O’Brien, Internet Advocacy Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists; Melissa Chan, 2012-2013 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford and Roving Correspondent, Al Jazeera English.

For the full SPJ panel’s program, please click here.

Last year saw a chilling spike in attacks on the press around the world, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists, especially on digital journalists covering conflict areas. What are the unique risks journalists face in the field, how do you stay safe while covering protests and secure your digital tools to protect your content and sources? Learn about journalists who have been detained or arrested and hear from advocates who are working to protect them.

For the full ONA12 conference program, please click here.


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