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Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

On July 23, I gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. My talk, entitled "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?" described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only by professionals. I exhorted the technologists and developers in attendance to build tools which account for the distinctive needs of journalism and which protect their users when they are engaged in acts of journalism.

August 3, 2016 1:44 PM ET

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Blog   |   Internet, Security

How SecureDrop helps CPJ protect journalists

CPJ's SecureDrop instance sits in the organization's San Francisco office prior to being transported to New York. (Geoffrey King)

CPJ is proud to announce our instance of SecureDrop, the anonymous submission system engineered to resist even nation-state surveillance. In a time of unprecedented, technologically-mediated threats to journalism both online and offline, CPJ's adoption of this state-of-the-art system will help us protect journalists who need help the most. There has never been a safer way to tell CPJ about press freedom violations anywhere in the world -- or request direct support when you're under fire for your reporting.

Blog   |   Brazil, Internet

Cybercrime proposals risk undermining Brazil's progress in securing free and open Internet

A cell phone records President Dilma Rousseff as she reacts to the impeachment vote. Amid Brazil's political crisis, a cybercrime bill with troubling implications for press freedom is being proposed. (AFP/Christophe Simon)

Two years ago, Brazil passed Marco Civil da Internet, a landmark piece of Internet civil rights legislation that made the country an international reference in digital rights. But its legacy is under threat from a cybercrime proposal that could radically change key aspects of the framework and threaten free speech online.

Blog   |   Belgium, France, Germany, Internet, Luxembourg, Spain, UK

EU rulings on whistleblowers and right-to-be-forgotten laws puts press freedom at risk

The EU flag hangs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. A series of votes on legislation could impact journalists in member states. (AFP/Patrick Hertzog)

European journalists were reminded today that their freedom to report is not only determined by national laws, but increasingly by European institutions. Today, after years of political battle, the European Parliament adopted the Passenger Name Record directive, the Data Protection Package, and the Trade Secrets Protection Act. The stakes were immense and the debates long and heated, leading to dissent and divisions within many political groups-and campaigns about the potential impact from journalists.

Blog   |   Internet

How RightsCon brings press freedom, technology and social change together

Participants at a RightsCon session in 2015. The annual conference, being held in San Francisco this week, focuses on human rights and technology. (Access Now/Kiri Delena)

This week in San Francisco, CPJ's Technology and Advocacy teams will participate in RightsCon 2016, an annual conference focusing on human rights and technology. Organized by digital rights group Access Now, RightsCon is one of the most important regular gatherings on technology policy, and the conference has been the site of effective discussions around issues that affect journalists and journalism. We expect this year to be no different.

Blog   |   Internet, Security

Three simple steps to protect shared Twitter accounts from hackers

Artwork at Twitter's Santa Monica office. Teams managing shared Twitter accounts can still make use of the site's two-factor authentication protection. (AFP/Jonathan Alcorn)

In my previous blog post I reviewed the results of a poll asking journalists if they used two-factor authentication to protect Twitter accounts from being hacked. But the importance of robust security isn't limited to personal Twitter accounts.

Blog   |   Internet, Security

'What's two-factor?' How journalists can protect themselves from Twitter hacks

The Twitter logo is reflected on a pillar in the New York Stock Exchange. A CPJ poll of the site's users found many did not know how to secure their accounts. (AP/Richard Drew, File)

When The Associated Press's verified @AP account was hacked three years ago, CPJ's senior security adviser Frank Smyth and I noted that for individuals faced with that situation, the best course of action is to request a password reset, tweet at Twitter staff, and pray. The best advice is still to not get hacked in the first place.

March 23, 2016 4:52 PM ET

Blog   |   Internet, Security

Computer security is necessary for journalist safety

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published, in Spanish, in El País.

This week, journalists, technologists, and other human rights advocates will gather in Valencia, Spain for the Internet Freedom Festival, a multidisciplinary "un-conference" dedicated to fighting surveillance and censorship online. More than 600 people from 43 countries have registered for the festival, which is now in its second year. The gathering could not come at a more important time.

Blog   |   Internet

CPJ raises concerns over UN agenda on preventing violent extremism

Preventing and countering violent extremism has been a major issue on the international agenda in the past year, prompting the United Nations Secretary-General to launch a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism in December and the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution last fall.

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