Deep dive into digital security and privacy for journalists

Hacks/Hackers Nairobi shows reporters how to protect their data.

Privacy is increasingly under threat in today’s online world. In the face of widespread internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers.

But let’s get one thing straight from the start.

Digital security and privacy is not about hiding a wrong. Digital Security is the PROCESS of protecting your personal data and privacy on computer devices and networks. Privacy both online and offline, is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Being careful with your data isn’t just about protecting sensitive information and sources. It’s also about upholding your own right to privacy and keeping out criminals too.

“ Two of the greatest challenges I face include personal safety when dealing with sensitive stories, since it’s easy to track location. The second being hackers accessing my website.” – encryption for Windows 7 Ultimate onwards or is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that makes sure you always connect securely to websites when an encrypted connection is available. If you run a website and want to add the ability to encrypt traffic, you can use free tools such as and aims to bring all these people together — those who are working to help people make sense of our world. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualise information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload and collapse of traditional business models for legacy media, their work has become even more crucial.

Code for Africa, the continent’s largest #OpenData and civic technology initiative, recognises this and is spearheading the establishment of a network of HacksHackers chapters across Africa to help bring together pioneers for collaborative projects and new ventures.

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