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Julia Ziemer

May 14th, 2015

Is Source Protection Dead? A Polis/ Journalistfonden report

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Julia Ziemer

May 14th, 2015

Is Source Protection Dead? A Polis/ Journalistfonden report

1 comment

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In November 2014 Swedish Journalist Carl Fridh Kleberg spent a month at LSE as the Polis/ Journalistfonden Fellow.

His research paper Is Source Protection Dead: Protecting journalists’ sources in a post-Snowden age was the result.

Death of source protection cover

Some of its conclusions are:

  • The revelations of mass surveillance by Edward Snowden have highlighted the potential threat to the privacy of journalists’ communication and data, calling into question the ability to protect anonymous sources.
  • Threats to the privacy of journalists can come from a number of sources including government agencies, employers and service providers.
  • There are a number of tools available to help maintain privacy of communication but using these can sometimes draw unwanted attention in themselves and there is no tool that is 100% safe.
  • There is a need for training and awareness-raising amongst journalists, and media organisations will expect the next generation of journalists to be more ’data savvy’ -something that is not yet the case.
  • There are a number of simple steps you can take to increase data security such as continuous ’password hygine’ and an awareness of privacy and location settings on devices like mobile phones.
  • When assessing risk to a source, journalists need to be aware of the compromising potential of electronic communications and may need to go ’offline’ for the most risky of cases.

 Read the full report

 

 

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Julia Ziemer

Julia Ziemer is Polis Manager in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Before joining the LSE in 2014, Julia was Events and Development manager at English PEN and she previously worked at the Charles Dickens Museum and the Literature Department of the British Council.

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