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Book: Information security for journalists - V1.1

With journalist Silkie Carlo I have co-authored a 'handbook' on practical information security for journalists commissioned by the UK Centre for Investigative Journalism. The CIJ handbook 'Information Security for Journalists' was launched at the CIJ Summer School 2014 in London. The book will be forever freely available in a range of electronic formats - see download links below. In the four months after the initial publication in we have rewritten certain parts based on feedback from the initial readers and updated other parts to stay current with the latest software changes. Many thanks to all who gave us valuable feedback.

Altough this book was originally written for investigative journalists most of the described concepts and technical solutions are just as usable by lawyers or advisors protecting communications with their clients, doctors protecting medical privacy and of course politicians, activists or anyone else who engages powerful state and corporate organisations. Really, we're all journalists now. Inside the book is a mailadres for getting in touch, please let us know how your are using it and what we can do better.

If you have reasons to suspect your online movements are already under some form of surveilance you should not download this book using a computer or netwpork associated with your identity (such as your home or work systems).

Several participants of journalist training programs have written articles: Information security for journalists: staying secure online by Alastair Reid (from journalism.co.uk) - A day with the surveillance expert by Jason Murdock, Offtherecord.in - Valentina Novak wrote this interview after a lecture & workshop in Slovenia last November.

On Tuesday July 8th 2014 I was once more a guest on Max Keiser's programme 'The Keiser Report' to discuss the book. Video here on my blog, here on RT site and here on Youtube.

From the 'backflap' of the book:

Book: Information security for journalists

With journalist Silkie Carlo I have co-authored a 'handbook' on practical information security for journalists commissioned by the UK Centre for Investigative Journalism. The CIJ handbook 'Information Security for Journalists' was launched at the CIJ Summer School 2014 last weekend in London. The book will be freely available in electronic format and in print after the summer. Just like last year I gave lectures (slides) and ran a hands-on workshop to get journalists 'tooled-up' so they can better protect their sources, themselves and their stories in a post-Snowden world.

From the 'backflap' of the book:

This handbook is a very important practical tool for journalists. And it is of particular importance to investigative reporters. For the first time journalists are now aware that virtually every electronic communication we make or receive is being recorded, stored and subject to analysis and action. As this surveillance is being conducted in secret, without scrutiny, transparency or any realistic form of accountability, our sources, our stories and our professional work itself is under threat.

After Snowden’s disclosures we know that there are real safeguards and real counter measures available. The CIJ’s latest handbook, Information Security for Journalists, lays out the most effective means of keeping your work private and safe from spying. It explains how to write safely, how to think about security and how to safely receive, store and send information that a government or powerful corporation may be keen for you not to know, to have or to share. To ensure your privacy and the safety of your sources, Information Security for Journalists will help you to make your communications indecipherable, untraceable and anonymous.

Although this handbook is largely about how to use your computer, you don’t need to have a computer science degree to use it. Its authors, and the experts advising the project are ensuring its practical accuracy and usability, and work with the latest technology.

Gavin MacFadyen,
Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism

This handbook is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portugese, Spanish, and other languages

On Tuesday July 8th 2014 I was once more a guest on Max Keiser's programme 'The Keiser Report' to discuss the book. Video here on my blog, here on RT site and here on Youtube.

Little Brother: zelf waken over privacy

De laatste maanden staat het onderwerp privacy steeds meer op de agenda van blogs en nieuwssites in Nederland. Logisch want de invasie van onze privacy en de wijze waarop onze overheid als een olifant door de porseleinkast van onze burgerrechten lijkt te denderen maakt een krachtig tegengeluid noodzakelijk.

De uitholling van de rechtstaat en democratie is niet alleen in Nederland een rap voortschrijdend proces. Met de VS voorop zijn de meeste westerse landen druk bezig om alle sinds de 13e eeuw opgebouwde mensenrechten af te breken in naam van de strijd tegen het terrorisme. Waarbij nog strijd, noch terrorisme ooit zijn gedefinieerd. Een eindeloze oorlog tegen een grotendeels imaginaire vijand (die we trouwens aan het verliezen zijn), Orwell kon het niet beter verzinnen.

In de VS is net een wet aangenomen die het afgeven van een vingerafdruk verplicht maakt bij het afsluiten van een hypotheek. Hoe makkelijk vingerafdrukken te faken zijn is door de Duitse Chaos Computer Club eerder dit jaar aangetoond. Ondertussen blijken de de miljoenen camera's in Londen blijken geen effect hebben op het niveau van misdaad (of terrorisme).

Ondank als deze publiek beschikbare informatie blijven regeringen vragen om meer bevoegdheden om ons te beschermen tegen 'terrorisme'. Is er enig bewijs dat meer bevoegdheden iets uithalen? Volgens onze Minister van Justitie had met OM drie jaar nodig om Greg Nekschot op te pakken. Wat is erger: een Minister van Justitie die liegt tegen het parlement (en een parlement dat dat toestaat) of een OM dat daadwerkelijk zo incompetent is als de Minister suggereert?