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Digital Security Tools for Working Journalists
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
This interactive discussion will include technical, legal and practical tips for protecting the privacy of your data in an age of increasing risk.
Frank Smyth, founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security. Frank is also Senior Advisor for Journalist Security at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, where he blogs on journalist security. A veteran journalist and former Emergency Medical Technician, Frank has covered armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights abuses across the world. Smyth is an internationally recognized expert on press freedom, journalist security and related matters. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Organization of American States, and the International Commission of Jurists, and has appeared on countless news outlets.
Geoffrey King, Co-Chair of the NorCal SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee. A First Amendment attorney, Geoffrey has represented journalists and individuals in both open government matters as well as in cases involving the illegal seizure of work product by authorities. Along with his SPJ colleagues, Geoffrey has at once taken an aggressive stance against police departments who have violated the rights of journalists, as well as worked collaboratively with senior staff to ameliorate working conditions on the ground. In addition to his work as an attorney, Geoffrey is also a documentary photographer, and has covered protests across the United States and in Great Britain since 2003. He also teaches Privacy in the Digital Age and Media and Social Change at UC Berkeley.
Danny O'Brien, Internet Advocacy Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Prior to joining CPJ in April 2010, O'Brien worked as a journalist covering technology and culture for the New Scientist, The Sunday Times of London, and The Irish Times. He was one of the original staff members of Wired UK magazine in 1995, and from 1997 to 2007 co-edited the online newsletter Need To Know, which won a special commendation at the first Interactive BAFTA awards and NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year award for 2001. In 2005, O'Brien joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation as their chief activist, later specializing in international advocacy for privacy and freedom of expression. That year he also co-founded the Open Rights Group, a British grassroots digital rights organization, and remains on their board. He is based in San Francisco.
Melissa Chan, 2012-2013 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford and Roving Correspondent, Al Jazeera English. Chan's fellowship project is to produce an online toolkit for journalists to protect their computers against hackers and safeguard communications with sources. Chan got her first taste of journalism in 2003, working as an assistant to the executive producer of ABC’s World News Tonight after getting a history degree from Yale. In 2007, she began working as a reporter for Al Jazeera English and in 2009 was named its China correspondent. She covered the Olympics and earthquakes. She exposed Hepatitis B discrimination on college campuses and illegal “black jails.” And in May 2012, with no explanation from China, she became the first accredited foreign correspondent to be expelled from the country in 14 years.
This special presentation is being hosted by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists and sponsored by Bryan Cave.