Welcome to the FPF membership program event archives. This is the place to check out conversations and webinars you may have missed, along with re-watching resources to stay current and informed on press freedoms. As always, you can contact [email protected] for any questions and dedicated support.
Jailing Journalists: The Assange case and the threat to press freedom
A panel discussion with press freedom experts, with opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass) — February 2024
Whether you love or hate Julian Assange, the United States’ prosecution of the Wikileaks publisher under the Espionage Act for printing government secrets in 2010 poses an extreme risk to press freedom. This week, the U.K. High Court is hearing what could be Assange's final appeal before he's extradited to the U.S., and the threat to journalists is high.
We were honored to have U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., deliver an opening statement before a panel discussion on this important topic. McGovern issued a bipartisan, bicameral call for the U.S. to drop charges against Assange in November.
Watch our panel tackle the ramifications of what this prosecution means for the First Amendment and investigative journalism. Speakers included:
- Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Carrie DeCell, senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute
- Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation
- Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Take action to protect press freedom. Tell the Biden administration to drop the Assange case now:
- Write to the White House using its contact form.
- Call the White House main comment line: 202-456-1111, between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Tuesday-Thursday.
- Write to the Department of Justice (DOJ) using its contact form.
- Call the DOJ main comment line: 202-353-1555 and press 1.
Behind the Headlines: Victims of Newsroom Raids in Marion and Tampa Tell Their Stories
An interview with Eric Meyer of the Marion County Record, and independent journalist Tim Burke — December 2023
A police raid of the Marion County Record in Kansas made national headlines in August 2023. But many may not know that the FBI raided the home newsroom of another journalist in Florida in May. Are journalists being raided just for doing their jobs?
Seth Stern, FPF’s director of advocacy, welcomes Marion County Record editor and owner Eric Meyer and independent journalist Tim Burke as they update us on each of these troubling incidents, and discuss what’s next in the fight to defend and foster a courageous press.
Dangerzone: Handling Files Safely
An examination of Dangerzone, an application used to safely open files — October 2023
Micah Lee, The Intercept’s director of information security and Dangerzone creator, joins FPF's Francisco Rocha to explore why Dangerzone was created, how the open source application works, and future goals and updates for the program.
The webinar included a robust Q&A, and one of the questions on the details for a security audit of the application went unanswered during the webinar (at 20:46). To follow up, here is the reasoning behind the decision:
“The [Dangerzone] audit is done via the Open Technology Fund's Red Team Lab. OTF works with a set of vetted third-party auditors who are assigned to projects based on fit and availability. We also factored in our previous successful engagement with IncludeSecurity on the first-ever SecureDrop Workstation audit back in 2018.”
Dangerzone is a free and open source project and is built on contributions from the community. There are many ways to contribute:
- Start using Dangerzone. You can find the code for the Mac, Windows, Linux graphical app, and the Docker container here
- Help FPF develop Dangerzone. Check the issues on GitHub and open one if your issue doesn’t exist. Please start discussions and make pull requests if you’d like to get involved.
- Donate to support the team maintaining Dangerzone. We’ve been able to retain expert developers to take over Micah’s work, and your contributions help them build out and update Dangerzone.
Exploring the whistleblowing platform used by journalists around the world - October 2023.
Nathan Dyer, FPF’s newsroom support engineer, leads this informative webinar to explore why SecureDrop was created, how the open source whistleblowing platform works, and goals for the project used by investigative journalists around the world.
SecureDrop is a free and open source project and is built on contributions from the community. There are many ways to contribute:
- Ask questions in the community forum about installing and using SecureDrop.
- Discuss SecureDrop development or documentation by joining our public chatroom.
- Contribute code and documentation on our GitHub repository.
- Report security issues using our bug bounty, hosted by Bugcrowd. Researchers can get up to a $2,500 reward for finding security vulnerabilities in SecureDrop.
- Translate SecureDrop into more languages by reading our translator guide and signing up for our translations portal to start helping us today!
Digital Security Education for Journalism Schools
A discussion on FPF's Journalism School Curriculum with guest Professor Paromita Pain - June 2023
Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Principal Researcher Martin Shelton is joined by University of Nevada, Reno, Professor Paromita Pain to explore the ideas and design behind the coursework and resources being taught in cutting-edge journalism schools. Pain addresses student responses to cybersecurity education, the curriculum modules, questions and concerns, and coursework feedback.
Feel free to read through the Journalism School Curriculum that Shelton has developed and see how you can build a lesson for your community. These sample slides from our Digital Security 101 training can be tailored to your needs, and Pain is quick to note they are appropriate (and necessary!) not just for collegiate journalists, but high school students as well.
Behind the Headlines: Journalism on trial in North Carolina
Panel discussion with Asheville Blade journalists Matilda Bliss and Veronica Coit and Editor David Forbes, led by FPF’s Director of Advocacy Seth Stern - May 2023
Read more on reporters Bliss and Coit — from their original arrests on Dec. 25, 2021, through the hearing delays and 2023 bench trial, our U.S. Press Freedom Tracker documents every step of the timeline:
- Journalist arrested while covering North Carolina homeless camp eviction
- Reporter arrested, phone confiscated while covering NC homeless camp eviction
From petitioning for the release of police body camera footage and leading a coalition of more than 45 advocacy and media outlets to publishing opinion pieces in strategic outlets, our ongoing advocacy efforts have played an important role in bringing the national spotlight to the charges against the journalists:
- FPF urges court to release bodycam footage of journalists’ arrests
- More than 45 orgs call to drop charges against Asheville journalists
- Pointless trial of Asheville journalists will undermine city’s progressive image (NC Newsline)
- Opinion: Prosecutors should drop retaliatory charges against Asheville journalists (Citizen Times)
Examining the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker 30-minute webinar - March 2023
This compelling discussion was led by Managing Editor Kirstin McCudden and Senior Reporter Stephanie Sugars. Explore with them the nearly 2,000 press freedom violations in the data-based website, and how its new, more intuitive redesign can highlight trends on the state of press freedom and democracy. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a project of FPF, is the go-to source for:
- Up-to-date and searchable data on press freedom aggressions in the U.S.
- Original reporting on arrests and assaults of journalists.
- In-depth original analysis on the evolving state of press freedom.
Digital Security 101
Digital Security 101 webinar led by Olivia Martin, deputy director of Digital Security - February 2023
This 90-minute webinar will introduce foundational topics on digital security, including the basics of risk assessment, account security, and secure communication. The additional tips and tools discussed during the event can be found below:
- All of our account security resources can be found here
- All of our secure communication resources can be found here
- Lastly, web browser security was acknowledged but not addressed due to time. You can check out our resources on that issue here
If you attended the training or are catching up on it in the archive, please take a few minutes to complete our exit survey. Your responses will be reviewed by our in-house education expert to help improve our work.
10 Years Defending Press Freedom w/ Rainey Reitman and Trevor Timm
Fireside chat on Freedom of the Press Foundation - December 2022
Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founders Rainey Reitman and Trevor Timm host a conversation on the organization's origins, early campaigns, and current projects. Below are a few relevant links that are mentioned in the conversation:
- Freedom of the Press Foundation founded in December 2012.
- Read about how we crowd-sourced stenographers for Chelsea Manning’s trial
- Stay up to date with our current advocacy and projects here - https://freedom.press/news/
Defense Against the Doxx Arts
Online harassment mitigation and anti-doxxing strategies - October 2022
For journalists, online harassment comes from persistent individuals and collective trolls who send hate-filled messages to them, their family and colleagues. Sometimes these threats escalate to the physical world, e.g. when a reporter’s personal information — like their home address — is made public.
Join Digital Security Trainer David Huerta as he reviews resources, strategies, and tools to help mitigate online harassment, minimize your digital footprint, and keep your personal information as scarce as possible.
Optional: To prepare for this webinar, we suggest reviewing these relevant links:
- Read about safety considerations from investigative reporter April Glaser following her reporting on Proud Boys: “13 security tips for journalists covering hate online”
- Read about the role of newsrooms and tech platforms in grappling with digital harassment of journalists: “News leaders and tech platforms must safeguard journalists from digital harassment to ensure press freedom”
- Read the International Women's Media Foundation report about harassment of female journalists: “Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Reporting”
- Read this Reporters Without Borders report on organized trolling and harassment of journalists: “Online harassment of journalists”
Digital Security Training of Trainers
Becoming a Champion of Digital Security - August 2022
Building off the foundational concepts in our Digital Security 101 training, this 90-minute webinar prepares viewers to champion digital security in their own communities. You may be the most technologically-savvy person in your family, an outspoken advocate for better security at your workplace, or always informing your friends of the latest hacker news — this training will discuss ways to take that expertise and passion to the next level.
This session provides a deeper dive into threat modeling using personas and case studies to understand different actors and motivations. It also examines the five concepts every trainer must know:
- Encryption works
- Credentials/account security
- Social media privacy
- Mobile basics of app permissions and full disk encryption
- Understanding cloud concerns
See the full description in the youtube link for a comprehensive follow-up which includes questions to answer, dynamics to consider, and tons of links and resources.
Digital Security 101 Training
This 90-minute training held in June 2022 provides the starting point for you to know how to investigate your digital security questions as needed. It will introduce foundational topics on digital security, including the basics of: - threat modeling - online account protections - device safety with full-disk encryption and password practices - safer browsing - communication security Click here to view the module
This training mentioned several links, tools, and services that can help harden your privacy and information online. Below find a helpful list that Martin provided for follow-up:
- Learn to randomize passwords: https://freedom.press/training/three-types-of-passphrases/
- Check for two-factor authentication: https://2fa.directory/us/
- VPNs: Yael Grauer’s Wirecutter Best VPN List: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-vpn-service/
- More VPNs: An In-Depth Guide to Choosing a VPN: https://freedom.press/training/choosing-a-vpn/
- Adblockers: uBlock Origin (https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock) and Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com/)
- Upgrade those connections with HTTPS Everywhere: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
- Our guide to locking down Signal: https://freedom.press/training/locking-down-signal/
- Our training resources page, for all of this and more: https://freedom.press/training/
Daniel Ellsberg speaks with Trevor Timm on World Press Freedom Day
On May 3, 2022 - World Press Freedom Day - Daniel Ellsberg spoke with Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) on leaks, government secrecy, and press freedom. In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) draft opinion leak, Ellsberg discusses the possible reactions of the state and ramifications for power with this historic event. The hour-long conversation with FPF’s Trevor Timm discusses the Pentagon Papers, Julian Assange, U.S. nuclear policy, Edward Snowden, and the long history of government secret-keeping and lying.