WATCH: Edward Snowden speaks at digital security event for journalists

Above, video of whistleblower Edward Snowden speaking via live encrypted video link at Freedom of the Press Foundation's recent #EncryptNews event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

In the keynote, Snowden answers questions from Freedom of the Press Foundation director Trevor Timm and privacy researcher and activist Christopher Soghoian. The Friday, November 7th, 2014 event on digital security in news organizations was sponsored by Freedom of the Press Foundation, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Open Technology Institute.




Next, video of the #EncryptNews panel, “Beyond PGP, Protecting Reporters on an Institutional Level,” in which yours truly participated. Beyond encrypting individual email, panelists spoke about the importance of utilizing the right systems company-wide to stave off hacking and other cyberattacks, as well as handing subpoenas and safeguarding sources. Panelists included Morgan Marquis-Boire, director of security, First Look Media; Jack Gillum, reporter, Associated Press; Nabiha Syed, associate, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz; Marcia Hofmann, digital rights lawyer; and me, Xeni Jardin.




Here is video of “Real-World Encryption Problems.” Leak investigations are at a record high and national security journalists now often work under a shadow of surveillance. By knowing the stakes and how to respond to them, reporters can assess the risks, and still keep their sources relatively safe. This panel discussed current and future unsolved digital security problems in journalism. Panelists (l-r): James Risen, investigative reporter, The New York Times; Julia Angwin, senior reporter, ProPublica; Dana Priest, investigative reporter, The Washington Post, and John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; and Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, ACLU. Moderator: Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Stanton Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.




And finally, “Security Lessons from the Snowden Files.” Journalists involved in reporting on the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden talk about what they learned from the experience and how it might be handled better in the future. Panelists included Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor, Guardian US; Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent, Wall Street Journal; Micah Lee, technologist, The Intercept; Julie Tate, researcher and reporter, Washington Post; Lynn Oberlander, general counsel, First Look Media.