Digital Safety and Practices
The interconnectedness that the Internet and mobile technologies foster has enabled everyday citizens to participate in journalism.
As the number of online journalists has increased, so have attacks against them, such as: hacking of accounts, monitoring of online activities, arrest and detention.
Many independent bloggers, freelancers, or citizen journalists do not have access to expert assistance or resources.
Digital security training programs for journalists are increasing.
Journalists are becoming more aware of digital safety and protection.
Digital Threat Landscape
Software vulnerabilities and traditional threats have found new ways to cause harm, including via social media and mobile devices.
Control of information is influenced by types of communication infrastructure.
Journalists and their sources need to consider using encryption technologies.
Digital threats are a serious concern because they may be a precursor to physical attacks against journalists.
An attacker can disseminate information through various online means, as there are no immediate consequences.
Software has reportedly been used to target individual journalists and activists.
Information control is influenced by a countries government, communications
infrastructure, and the overall level of Internet penetration and growth.
Mass surveillance reduces the ability of a free press to function, because it facilitates the indiscriminate collection of information.
Most individual journalists often cannot afford commercial security software.
Increase information sharing of digital security risks and training to make journalists aware of relevant and available resources.
An enterprising reporter might arrange to get an advance copy of the speech so he can be more aware of how the speech is delivered. Indeed, the reporter can write much of the story prior to the actual speech.
Reporters must be cautious, however, for the speaker who discards his speech for another, or for speakers who make important impromptu remarks during the course of their speeches.