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Nov 1, 2013 - 2 minute read

Workshop on IT- and OpSec for Journalists

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If you are working as an investigative journalist or as an human-rights activist you often face situations where you need to talk to people even though you and/or your meeting partner are beeing monitored, observed, threatend and very likley punished if the wrong people find out you have had a talk or what your source have said,…

In such situations it is of utmost impartance to maintain good operational as well as good it-security in order to just have a chance of doing your job and shed light onto the facts others want to keep secret from the public.

This workshop was designed to address thos needs and teach participants how to protect themself and their peers in best possible ways. This workshop was designed with valuable input from a number of investigative journalists, activists as well as it-security and operational-security specalists from around the world.

Topics the workshop covers:

  • Principles
    • Important OpSec principles
    • Important ItSec principles
  • IT-Security
    • Choose and buy Hardware
    • Prepare your hardware
    • seal camera
    • cut speakers
    • cut microphone
    • seal external connectors
    • cut hardware you do not need
  • Setup your System
    • Fulldisk Encryption
    • Protection from Maiden Attacks
    • Randomness is important
    • how to get good randomness out of your machine?
    • OS hardening
    • setup encryption
      • generate keys
      • protecting keys
  • Communications Security
    • Communicating securely with your peers
    • Contact your sources anonymously
    • How your source can contact you while staying anonymously
    • protecting identity of communication peers
    • protecting communication content
    • protect communication circumstances
  • Travel
    • Prepare your Mission
    • Traveling to your destination
    • Get back home from your destination

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