Technology & Tools Track: Reporters, digital security, and emerging threats

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jorge Luis Sierra of Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers; Neena Kapur of The New York Times; Kristen Kozinski of The New York Times; David Maass of Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether covering a local beat or investigating national security, journalists must make deliberate decisions about how they protect their devices, communications, and sensitive data, particularly in an era of mass surveillance, data breaches, and targeted hacking. However, there is no suite of tools or practices that will fit all circumstances, and the field of options can be daunting. The panelists will provide an overview of basic threat modeling, device security, encrypted communications, and an array of online resources that can help inform newsroom discussions about these critical issues as the risks facing journalists evolve. 

Speaker Bios

  • Neena Kapur is currently a senior information security analyst at The New York Times, where she implements innovative solutions to combat modern threats targeting journalists and the media industry. Neena previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a cyber threat intelligence analyst, where she researched cybercriminal activity. Neena is passionate about finding interdisciplinary solutions for issues at the intersection of technology, security, and policy. @neenahyena

  • Kristen manages the security awareness education program at The New York Times. Before joining The Times she worked as an application security engineer and helped build secure coding education at email marketing platform, Mailchimp. Kristen is passionate about creating accessible security education and writes about how people can secure their information online on her blog, @dontclickonthat

  • Dave Maass is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As a member of the EFF Threat Lab, he researches how surveillance technology impacts communities and targets individuals, including journalists and activists. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno's Reynolds School of Journalism, where he lectures on surveillance and cybersecurity and leads a project mapping law enforcement technology.

  • Jorge Luis Sierra works at the intersection of technology, investigative journalism, and cybersecurity. He created, a risk assessment web application for journalists and human rights defenders. He leads the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, a non-profit organization based in Edinburg, Texas, and is the director of the Investigative Reporting Border Hub, a project focusing in data-driven stories on corruption issues at the U.S. – Mexico border.

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