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Media International: Digital Safety for Journalists

Surveillance, tracking and data theft are just some of the digital safety concerns of journalists working online. DW Akademie and the ARD studio in Berlin invite you to take part in a discussion on digital safety issues.

If there were any remaining convictions that digital communication is free of surveillance and infiltration the NSA scandal has confirmed that it isn't. Every journalist who researches online leaves digital footprints that can pose a threat to journalists as well as their sources.

Should journalists now be avoiding giants like Google and Facebook and make sure they encrypt all communication? How can those working under repressive regimes access data without compromising their own and others' safety? And what are some of the current considerations for safeguarding journalists’ work and developing new confidence in working online?

The following panelists will be part of the DW Akademie and ARD Berlin's "Media International" discussion round taking place on January 23 at the ARD Studio in Berlin:

Anne Roth, Tactical Technology Collective
Political scientist, blogger and online activist. Expert on surveillance, media and net politics

John Goetz , NDR public broadcaster
Correspondent based at the ARD Studio in Berlin. Editor for investigative research and data journalism; accompanied German MP, Hans-Christian Ströbele, during his meeting with Edward Snowden

Ehsan Norouzi, DW
Iranian journalist and computer expert, online activist and trainer for online security and bypassing censorship

Malte Spitz, author and member of the Bündnis 90/Green Party's Council
His focus is on media policy, civil rights and net politics

William Echikson, Google
External Relations, Head of Free Expression (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Holger Hank, Head of DW Akademie Digital, DW Akademie

Date and location:
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7 p.m. at ARD Studio, Berlin

Get involved in discussions ahead of time by using the hashtag #digisafe, and let us know if you have suggestions regarding the event itself. The deadline for #link: is January 20, 2014.

DW Akademie Digital held the open online workshop "Digital Safety for Journalists" in December 2013. Recordings of the live sessions and related articles and resources are available on the #link:

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