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lecture: Situation Awareness for Journalists


A theoretical seminar and a practical workshop for journalists about situation awareness and digital self-defense.

Modern information and communication technology has penetrated our lives today. Smartphones, tablets, computers and the Internet have become so self-evident that we rarely think about how these technologies of global networking have changed the way we work and communicate - or the risks that come with it.

The rapid global access to data and information that simplifies and enriches our work and our lives, is also our greatest vulnerability: it is now quite possible to intercept our communications on the network, to identify our user profiles, to access our computers and to tap off our data - all without us noticing.

In addition to doctors and lawyers, journalists are encouraged to assume a special duty of care for their information and data regarding sources and clients. With the use of computers and the Internet, this duty of care can not be passively exercised; the legally guaranteed protection of sources and clients no longer suffice. Journalists must actively seek protection of their communication and their data - and this usually requires external know-how to assess a situation-specific hazard correctly and to find the appropriate measures to avoid damage.

To facilitate this task, this seminar is especially for the journalistic environment. It teaches the handling of the available technical protection measures in addition to the necessary understanding of the dangers in the use of computers and the Internet. This includes the basic knowledge to develop a new situation awareness for dealing with computers and communications technology in journalism:

* How are confidentiality, integrity and anonymity (from sources) threatened by the use of computer and communication technology?
* What are the basic safeguards for the use of computers in the journalistic environment?
* What should I know about passwords and their use?
* How do I secure my communications on the Internet (Web Browser, Email, IM) and on the phone?
* What is encryption and how do I use it?
* How do I save information safe from unauthorized access?
* How I recognize and avoid metadata in documents and images?
* What should I specifically note in foreign missions?
* How do I deal with printed information correctly?
* What should I know about Social Networks?

Participants need to bring their own computer and a USB memory stick (at least 8GB).


Day: 2015-09-12
Start time: 16:45
Duration: 04:00
Room: Pupin



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