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Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists’ ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions on media and the Internet. When journalists believe they might be targeted by government hackers, pulled into a criminal investigation, or searched and interrogated about their work at the U.S. border, their ability to inform the public erodes. If journalists cannot communicate in confidence with sources, they cannot do their jobs. Join us. Support the right to report. Sign the Petition>>

Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists' ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions on media and the Internet. When journalists believe they might be targeted by government hackers, pulled into a criminal investigation, or searched and interrogated about their work at the U.S. border, their ability to inform the public erodes. If journalists cannot communicate in confidence with sources, they cannot do their jobs. Join us. Support the right to report.

  • Global Voices is an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world.
  • Rebecca MacKinnon is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. Her work focuses on holding technology companies accountable to universally recognized human rights standards on free expression and privacy. She is a member of CPJ’s board of directors.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) defends free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights. EFF blends the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, and fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the U.S. government or large corporations.
  • Open Net Initiative’s mission is to identify and document Internet filtering and surveillance, and to promote and inform wider public dialogues about such practices.
  • Ethan Zuckerman directs the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and teaches at MIT’s Media Lab. He is the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection” and the co-founder of global blogging community Global Voices.
  • Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • The IFEX network of organizations is connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.
  • CPJ is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics with a collaborative approach to protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector.
  • Schneier on Security is a blog covering security and security technology. Author Bruce Schneier is the author of 12 books, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at Co3 Systems, Inc.

Defending Digital Freedom


Spotlight

The NSA Puts Journalists Under a Cloud of Suspicion

In fall 2013, the U.S. National Security Agency quietly began booting up its Utah Data Center, a sprawling 1.5 million-square-foot facility designed to store and analyze the vast amounts of electronic data the spy agency gathers from around the globe. Consisting of four low-slung data halls and a constellation of supporting structures, the facility includes at least 100,000 square feet of the most advanced data reservoirs in the world. The project represents a massive expansion of the NSA's capabilities and a profound threat to press freedom worldwide.


Digital Security

Effective information security requires understanding the motives and capabilities of those who might want to attack your networks and devices, and developing consistent habits based on those assessments. By taking simple preventative steps, journalists can greatly increase the security of their newsgathering tools. Details »

From CPJ’s archives

In news alerts, special reports, protest letters, and more, CPJ has denounced attempts to monitor journalists' digital communications and stifle the free flow of information on the Internet. Details »



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