Grassroots groups answer challenge to train journalists how to protect their sources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      —     April, 30, 2015

Toronto, ON. Vancouver, BC. Halifax, NS. — Volunteer organizers across Canada announced today their commitment to help Canadian journalists get upScreen Shot 2015-05-02 at 6.41.54 PM-to-speed with basic online security practices. “Security bootcamps” for reporters will be held in Vancouver and Toronto in May. Hacks/Hackers is also presenting sessions on security for journalists to be held during the Canadian Association of Journalists annual conference in Halifax, June 5 – 7.

A recent investigation by the online news site Canadaland found that only 37 journalists in the country have publicly begun using encryption since the first Edward Snowden NSA stories in June 2013. Encryption is an essential part of protecting sources, and Canadian reporters are underprepared.

Organizers of the group Hacks/Hackers — a volunteer-run network dedicated to bringing journalists and technologists together — recently embarked on a plan to hold a series of nationwide events to bring security and privacy to the attention of reporters, and to provide no-cost opportunities for much-needed training.

Events have been announced for Vancouver (May 12), Toronto (May 19), and Halifax (June 5-7). Planning is also underway for an event in Montreal. The event details are as follows:

Vancouver

Security “Boot Camp” for Journalists, presented by Hacks/Hackers Vancouver
Registration page
May 12, 2015, 6-8PM
The Hive, #210 – 128 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC
More info: (647) 361-8248

Toronto

Security “Boot Camp” for Journalists, presented by Hacks/Hackers Toronto
Registration page
May 19, 2015, 7-11PM
Mozilla, 366 Adelaide St W (5th floor)
Toronto, ON

Halifax

Security for journalists sessions, CAJ conference, presented by Hacks/Hackers
Registration page
June 5-7, 2015
See conference schedule for times.
The Atlantica Hotel, Halifax

This is the first national effort in Canada to address the complicated topic of modern-day security specifically for professional reporters. The effort will be aimed at newsrooms both large and small, and will provide an opportunity for those working in smaller news organizations to access essential training that might not otherwise be available.

About Hacks/Hackers

Hacks/Hackers is a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with more than 60 chapters and thousands of members across four continents.

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