Journalism and data security - Sydney

6:00pm - 7:30pm
General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

How are journalists in different countries, including Australia, the United States and China, coping with the new digital context within which they must work? Have they fully adopted the instruments of digital security that are currently available to protect their work and their sources? What can Australian reporters learn from the experiences of journalists who have found ways to confront and counter external attempts to control their work?

Join us for forum on these issues with journalists, academics and security experts. Supported by The Walkley Foundation, the MEAA and the International Federation of Journalists.

Paul Farrell is a reporter for Guardian Australia. He co-founded the Detention Logs website and has produced stories and investigations for the ABC, Crikey, PBS and New Matilda. Paul’s areas of interest and work include national security, policing, immigration, and data retention and policy. He was the lead reporter on the Guardian’s Naurufiles.

Benedetta Brevini is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney, Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University and Research Associate at the Sydney Cyber Security Network. She is co-editor of Carbon capitalism and Communication (2017) and Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (2013). Before joining academia she worked as a journalist in Milan, New York and London.

Julie Posetti is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She is the author of a major 2017 global UNESCO study titled Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age. Julie is currently head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her research interests include digital era impacts on confidential source protection and journalism safety, social journalism and media and gender.

Gabor Szathmari is one of the six founders of CryptoAustralia, and a passionate advocate for privacy, open government and free speech. Through CryptoAustralia, Gabor aims to help Australians and organisations with their privacy and security challenges in practical ways. He runs Cryptoparty events and hands-on workshops that bring private citizens and professionals together with digital security experts to teach participants how to install, configure and hack with their own smartphones and laptops.

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