Journalists' Perceptions of Digital Security Technologies

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Journalists' Perceptions of Digital Security Technologies
Presenter(s) Jennifer R. Henrichsen
Title(s) All or Nothing? Journalists' Perceptions of Digital Security Technologies
Organization(s) University of Pennsylvania
Project(s) All or Nothing? Journalists' Perceptions of Digital Security Technologies
Country(ies) USA
Social media @JennHenrichsen
2017 theme Journalism & Media

Over the last several years, numerous journalists and news organizations have reported incidents in which their communications have been hacked, intercepted, or retrieved. When journalists’ digital accounts are vulnerable to hacks or surveillance, news organizations, journalists, and their sources are at risk and journalism’s normative role of a watchdog in society is threatened. Yet, the majority of journalists do not believe that hacking and surveillance are significant threats. To counter this lack of awareness and adoption of information security tools, numerous nonprofit organizations and institutions are organizing digital security training sessions and developing communication materials to teach journalists information security skills. Despite this, most journalists are not adopting information security measures to protect their data, themselves, or their sources. This research study includes 11 in-depth interviews with journalists and digital security trainers to shed light on journalists’ perceptions toward digital security technologies, including motivations to adopt and barriers to adoption.

Format Conversation
Target Groups Journalists, Security Trainers, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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