The Centre for Investigative Journalism have launched a new video series to help journalists better understand information security risks and use tools to protect communication with sources: Infosec Bytes.
The announcement comes at the same time as the UK slipped to 40th in the World Press Freedom Index, following the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Act and proposals to introduce a new Espionage Act.
The CIJ says that the series:
“Aims to create a comprehensive, up-to-date public resource of video training materials to aid not only journalists, but also journalistic sources, civil society workers, lawyers and other professionals in protecting themselves and each other against surveillance threats.”
The first videos to feature on the channel explain how and why to use Tor on both Windows and Mac platforms, with future videos to tackle:
- Communications interception
- Encryption of communications, disks and files
- Secure deletion and data remanence (where data can be retrieved even after deletion)
- Threat modelling
- And the use of secure operating systems.
In the meantime here are some resources and previous posts you might find useful:
- Why every journalist should have a threat model
- Privacy for Journalists
- Free ebook: Information Security for Journalists
- Security for journalists: a curated Flipboard magazine
- Guardian profiles routinely link to PGP keys – why aren’t other news orgs doing this?
- 4 password leaks, half a billion reasons to use different passwords
- 3 (free) things that journalists can do right now to protect their data and their sources at the border
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