Deutsche Welle press release

DW Akademie, in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders Germany, will host its first online workshop on digital safety for journalists, examining how to deal with threats like hacking and digital surveillance.

The free of charge workshop runs from December 2 to 6, 2013, and is open to journalists and others interested in the Internet safety and surveillance issues that have been much discussed in the wake of the NSA scandal.

Journalists can find answers to questions they are increasingly asking themselves: How careful do they have to be online? What dangers lurk behind Google, Facebook and What’s App? What can their mobile phones reveal about them? And above all, what can they do to minimize their risks and maximize their safety?

Six live online seminars (webinars) will be held with renowned journalists and digital safety experts including:

· journalist and pro-democracy activist Ala’a Shehabi, who has been the subject of several digital attacks by the Bahraini government
· digital security expert Anne Roth from Tactical Tech, one of the world’s leading NGOs working on digital security for activists and dissidents
· data journalist Sebastian Mondial who was pivotal in setting up and maintaining the secure communication of nearly 80 journalists involved in the 2013 offshore tax leaks case
· Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher who also analyses Trojans, other viruses and additional forms of malware sent to activists and dissidents
· Hauke Gierow, head of the Internet freedom desk at Reporters Without Borders Germany

Registration is simple:

Daily posts will accompany the workshop and look at a wide range of digital security topics: from taking the anonymous browsing tool TOR for a test run in Cambodia to dealing with password mayhem. Posts start November 25 and will continue for the duration of the workshop.

The workshop can also be followed on twitter at @dw_akademie and #digisafe

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