Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

ONA NYC: Surveillance Self-Defense for Journalists

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA NYC

As we prepare for a new administration, journalists can’t merely focus on covering the news. They need to think about how to protect themselves and their sources from exposure and retaliation.

Thanks to the expansion of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, Donald Trump is poised to inherit vast powers of surveillance in an already hostile climate for whistleblowers. What measures can journalists take to limit their risks and ensure their ability to report important stories?

The panelists will discuss the current state of media security, and how journalists can communicate securely with whistleblowers and other sources. Each attendee will leave with practical advice about improving their digital security.


Jennifer Valentino-DeVries (@jenvalentino), former WSJ reporter and interim communications director at the Knight Columbia First Amendment Institute

Betsy Reed (@betsyreed2), editor-in-chief of The Intercept

Matt Mitchell (@geminiimatt), digital safety trainer at Global Journalist Security, founder of CryptoHarlem, and 2016 Mozilla Ford Open Web Fellow at ColorOfChange

Moderator: Rubina Madan Fillion (@rubinafillion), director of audience engagement at The Intercept

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The price of admission includes beer, wine and snacks. Due to the high security at The Intercept, tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Important: Please make sure your full name is on the RSVP list on Meetup, as photo IDs will be required for entrance. Edit your Meetup page profile to make sure it’s your full name that shows up.


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Discuss the current state of media security and learn how to improve your own digital security.


Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
6:30 pm



The Intercept/First Look Media
114 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY