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Digital Security & Privacy for Newsrooms

What is the workshop?
An initiative called "Digital Security & Privacy for Newsrooms" for working journalists, editors, journalism/media educators, and students.
Journalists have become more vulnerable on assignment in dangerous places, but also in their daily routines, at home, in the newsroom, or on the road, as digital surveillance increases.
The objective of this workshop is to ensure secure communication and storage of confidential data/sources and avoid surveillance/mobile tracking for media houses. 

Who should attend?

  • Working Journalists & Editors
  • Journalism/Media Educators
  • Journalism Students
  • CTO, CISO, Information Security Managers from News Organizations
  • Activists
  • Lawyers

Note: These workshops are designed keeping in mind at-risk groups like - Journalists, Lawyers, Activists which are prone to surveillance and cyberattacks.
It's highly recommended for people who work in similar fields.

For more information about upcoming workshops or a private session at your media organization, contact us: [email protected].

1. [Workshop] Digital Security and Privacy for Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers | Goa, India

Date: March 8, 2020 (Sunday) | Time: 09:30 AM - 4:00 PM IST | Venue: Taj Hotel and Convention Center, Dona Paula


Time Speakers
09:30 to 09:45 Introduction
09:45 to 10:30 dangerzone: Working With Suspicious Documents Without Getting Hacked by Micah Lee, Director of Information Security at The Intercept
10:30 to 11:15 Panel Discussion: Anatomy of Internet Shutdowns
Zainab Bawa, CEO - HasGeek (Moderator)
Arjun Venkatraman, Co-founder of The Mojolab Foundation
Prateek Waghre, Research Analyst at The Takshashila Institution
Raman Jit Singh Chima, Policy Director at Access Now
Shehla Rashid Shora, Research Scholar, JNU
11:15 to 11:30 BREAK
11:30 to 12:15 Saikat Datta, South Asia Editor at Asia Times
12:15 to 13:00 Kushal Das, Developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation
13:00 to 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 to 16:00 Hands-on Workshop with Demos from Kushal Das, Developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation
Online/Remote Basic Security Analysis on Data and Information by Tom Banaria, Digital Security Consultant for Internews

Goa RSVP Form:

[RSVP is mandatory to attend the workshop.] [These workshops are kept free of charge to educate & secure maximum at-risk groups/individuals.]

Workshop Supported By:

  • 1Password
  • Google Titan Security Key
  • HackerOne
  • Internet Freedom Foundation
  • Internews
  • MediaNama
  • NordVPN Logo
  • PortaPow Logo
  • rootconfLogo

1. [Workshop] Digital Security and Privacy for Journalists, Activists and Lawyers | Pune, India

Supported by:
Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) | 1Password | NordVPN | MediaNama | PortaPow

Date: February 1, 2020 (Saturday) | Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM IST | Venue: Payatu Technologies Private Limited

Pune RSVP Form:

[RSVP is mandatory to attend the workshop.] [These workshops are kept free of charge to educate & secure maximum at-risk groups.]

Topics Covered:

  • Threat modeling 101
  • Securing your computer + phone, the basics
  • Tools to use for privacy in both computers and phones
  • Usage of the Tor Project, where and why?

& more.


Kushal Das is a public interest technologist at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he helps to maintain the SecureDrop project. He is part of the core team of the Tor Project and CPython core contributors. He is also a director of the Python Software Foundation. He regularly blogs at https://kushaldas.in.

2. Sunday, 3rd March 2019 at Holiday Inn Resort, Goa during nullcon Goa 2019

Thanks to Google for sponsoring. All the attendees got Google Titan Security Key.
It helps prevent account takeovers from phishing attacks.

Schedule | Sunday, 3rd March 2019
Time Topics
10:00 to 10:45 Importance of digital security & privacy for journalists - case study by Joseph Cox
10:45 to 11:00 BREAK
11:00 to 11:45 Reporting on breaches - from reactive to proactive by Nirmal John
11:45 to 12:45 Secure communications - Tor & SecureDrop by Kushal Das
12:45 to 13:45 LUNCH
13:45 to 15:00 Securing mobile devices from Hackers by Pratik Ghumade
15:00 to 15:15 BREAK
15:15 to 16:00 Threat modelling by Pratik Ghumade

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