Tag: security

by Geoffrey King

Last Wednesday, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye presented his report on international legal protection for encryption and anonymity to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report is an important contribution to the security conversation at a time when some Western leaders are calling for ill-informed and impossible loopholes in […] more »

by Sumit Galhotra

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal is a reminder of the indispensable role played by relief workers, medical teams, and other key actors on the front lines. Among them […] more »

by Tom Lowenthal

Facebook recently announced on its blog a new set of features adding support for the PGP email encryption system. The changes allow users to post their public email encryption key to their Facebook profile, inviting others to encrypt future emails. In a move that significantly bolsters security, it is also now possible to request that all […] more »

by Robert Mahoney

The murders of freelancers James Foley and Steven Sotloff last year put the news industry on the spot. What could news executives, press freedom groups and individual journalists do to improve safety? The issue was not new. International news organizations had been grappling with their responsibility towards freelancers and locally hired media workers for years. […] more »

by Geoffrey King

The following is a guest post from CPJ. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Last week, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with FBI Director James B. Comey, who made the case that steps taken by Apple and Google to protect user privacy were damaging the FBI’s efforts to fight crime and safeguard U.S. […] more »

by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. The market for freelance journalists is both increasing and increasingly competitive. There’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, and few media organizations have the staffing to do it without turning to freelance newsgatherers. As the reliance on them increases, we are […] more »

by Josh Stearns

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list — Syria, Egypt, Turkey — but the place on the top of the list […] more »

by Mark Glaser

The right to privacy seems to be an illusion these days. Feds are snooping on AP reporters and editors. Feds are getting phone records of millions of Americans. And now, the biggest one of all: An inside government source leaked information to the Guardian and Washington Post that the NSA and FBI have direct access […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. After hijackings, Twitter adds two-step security feature (NYT) 2. Inside Google’s secret lab (Businessweek) 3. Objectivity and the decades-long shift from ‘just the facts’ to ‘what does it mean?‘ (Nieman) 4. Pilot program for digital measurement standardization announced at the Independent Magazine Media Conference (Folio) 5. BBC unveils experimental ‘Perceptive Radio’ that offers personalized content (The Next Web) 6. Nancy Lublin on capturing teens’ attention […] more »

by Andrew Lih

“Security is the chief enemy of mortals.” – Shakespeare As the story of former General and CIA Director David Petraeus has unfolded, we continue to get surprising insights into the digital breadcrumbs that led to his surprise resignation. His downfall was brought about by a growing trail of electronic records held by today’s top commercial […] more »