Digital Security Resource for South Asian Journalists


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IFJ / SAMSN Publications (Digital Security for Journalists for South Asia campaign, May 2016)


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IFJ Digital Resource to Digital Safety in China
by International Federation of JournalistsIFJ guide for journalists to keep themselves, their colleagues, and their sources safe. Especially targeted for journalists in China, but equally useful for journalists in other countries as well. Find it here.
Security in a Box
by Tactical Tech & Frontline DefendersA How-To booklet which explains how to safeguard your digital security. Also includes simple guides to maintaining online anonymity, bypassing censorship, and destroying sensitive information. Find it here.
Digital Security for Freelance Journalists
by the Rory Peck TrustA guide to manage digital security is as important as any other safety preparation before starting an assignment for a freelance journalists. Includes articles, guides, tools and a digital security glossary. Find it here.
Online Survival Kit
by Reporters Without BordersOffers practical tools, advice and techniques that teach how to circumvent censorship and to secure communications and data. Gradually being unveiled in order to provide everyone with the means to resist censors, governments or interests groups that want to control news and information and gag dissenting voices. Find it here.
Information Security for Journalists
by the Center for Investigative JournalistsA practical tool for journalists, of particular importance to investigative reporters, that 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. Find it here.
The Digital First Aid Kit
by Digital Defenders PartnershipAims to provide preliminary support for people facing the most common types of digital threats. The Kit offers a set of self-diagnostic tools for human rights defenders, bloggers, activists and journalists facing attacks themselves, as well as providing guidelines for digital first responders to assist a person under threat. The Kit begins with ways to establish secure communication when you or a contact are facing a digital threat and want to reach out for support. The Kit then moves on to sections on account hijacking, seizure of devices, malware infections and DDoS attacks. Find it here.
Anonymous Blogging
by Global Voices AdvocacyA simple guide to blogging anonymously using WordPress and Tor. Primarily developed to assist authors who wanted to write about political or personal matters online, but needed to do so without revealing their identity. Find it here.
Journalist Security Guide
by the Committee to Protect JournalistsA guide for journalists – both local and international, at any level of experience – which gives advice on assessing the threats to journalists around the world. It includes a section on information security which advises on how to protect confidential information. Fine it here.
Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
by the Reporters Without BordersA handbook that seeks to help bloggers report news which mainstream or government-controlled media will not cover, and explains techniques to get around censorship and filtering technology. Find it here.


Digital Security and Source Protection For Journalists
by Tow Center for Digital JournalismOffers an overview of how legal and technical systems developed, and how their intersection exposes all digital communications – not just those of journalists and their sources – to scrutiny. Find it here.
Journalist Security in the Digital World
a Survey by Center for International Media AssistanceA survey of journalists around the world, asking them about their use of digital tools for their security. The survey was designed to address both tools for physical protection as well as digital security. Find it here.
Building Digital Safety for Journalism
by UNESCOTo improve global understanding of emerging safety threats linked to digital developments, UNESCO commissioned this research within the Organization’s on-going efforts to implement the UN Inter-Agency Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO. Find it here.
Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan
by Internews & Bytes for AllShows how journalists and bloggers in Pakistan are not aware of the ways to protect themselves, their data, and their sources online. Published online, the report has already received a great reception within the international media development organizations, especially those working in Pakistan. Find it here.
Digital Security in Human Rights
by Tactical TechThe Digital Security in Human Rights project is made up of two related research projects, carried out over a two-year period, which look at how human rights defenders learn about and adopt digital security practices. Find it here.