We use Internet in every sphere of our lives, especially in the spheres of communication and transfer of documents. Insecure communication can be intercepted, accessed and even modified by eavesdroppers during transmission. Every electronic device and service today has the ability to monitor its users’ activities in excruciating detail. Detailed digital profiles are created by tracking our browsing history and online activity.
This information can be used to monitor, influence and harm us in many ways as revealed by the data leak scandals, ransomware attacks and the attack on Equifax that leaked social security numbers. Civil liberties such as the right to privacy are often left by the wayside. The problem will only be compounded as technology permeates ever deeper into daily lives.
Journalists often discuss sensitive information with others. If the communication is not kept secure, it could disrupt the story being pursued or cause issues for the source of the information, such as discrimination, persecution, death threats or other harsh measures if the identity of the informant is revealed. Tracking a journalist’s online activities can reveal all this and more.
SFLC.in, a volunteer-run non-profit organization consisting of lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students aims to address this by conducting a digital security workshop for journalists on October 10, 2018. During the workshop, you will be taught digital security measures for protecting your privacy, followed by demonstrations showing how you can use secure tools to secure your communications.
Seating for the workshop is limited. Visit this page for more details and to reserve your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-security-training-for-journalists-tickets-50527198210
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