Introduce yourself!


Hey, welcome Tyson!


Hi everyone!

My name's Dimple and I work as a digital producer at the Rory Peck Trust, an NGO based in London dedicated to the support and welfare of freelance journalists worldwide.
Our digital security resources for freelancers can be found here - feedback gladly welcome! This was first produced around three years ago by our previous digital producer, Andrew, who's now at Internews as a web technologist.

I confess: I am a beginner to digital/info security! I know the basics, encryption etc. but steadily learning and look forward to using this forum :blush:


Hey Dimple, good to have you. Welcoming your security questions. :slight_smile:


Hi everyone, my name is Raphael Satter and I've just taken on the role of cybersecurity correspondent for The Associated Press. I look forward to learning from all of you -- and of course getting story ideas.


Hey, welcome, Raphael. Drop questions / make connections!


Hi, everyone. I'm Michael Fitzhugh, a staff writer for the Thomson Reuters biotech news site BioWorld. Prior to becoming a journalist, I was a web developer and software engineer at CNET.

I've had a long-running casual interest in infosec and physical security. After reading an exchange between @ethannorth and @mshelton expressing a desire to see more journalists involved, I decided to jump in. Looking forward to participating in the conversation here and there.


What's up, everybody! I'm a coder turned freelance reporter in San Francisco and heard about this site at @mshelton's workshop and @garrettr's talk at HOPE 11. I'm interested in building a pipeline of documents from SecureDrop and public records requests into tools like DocumentCloud for analysis, among other things.


Welcome, Michael! Great to have you.


Hey, welcome @jdshutt. I suspect a lot of folks here have input on that workflow. Also, @garrettr mentioned the site? Hah.


Yeah, of course! The end of the talk was about remembering to place tools like SecureDrop in the broader context of what can be accomplished with the recent advances in secure communications tools, and how it's possible that eventually the careful use of those tools could be preferable to something like SecureDrop. I recommended Tinfoil as a place to discuss and develop such ideas :slight_smile:.

This seems like as good a time as any to introduce myself! Hi everyone, my name is Garrett Robinson and I work at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. My primary focus is SecureDrop, but I also work on promoting TLS for news organizations, security training, and enabling more secure authentication online.


Awesome. Appreciate you sharing it, and for all of the great work. I know SecureDrop has gotten a lot more usable, but let me know if you guys are ever looking for research help. Good to have you here.


Hello, Andrew here, a technologist at Internews Europe. I work on secure web hosting projects and also do trainings and consulting on using digital security tools and adopting the right practices for a given situation. Here to learn and opine.


Hey, welcome, Andrew.


Greetings to everyone, I am Darren Chaker and just joined, am active with ACLU, EFF, and recently won a First Amendment case - See Technically my second, see Chaker v. Crogan, 428 F.3d 1215 C.A.9 (Cal.),2005, Cert. denied, 547 U.S. 1128, 126 S.Ct. 2023, inval-idated a statute on First Amendment grounds and overruled the California Supreme Court‘s unanimous decision in People v. Stanistreet, 127 Cal.Rptr.2d 633.

I believe in free speech, and not backing down to oppression. Live life, live it well. I am no Angel, but Angel's do not know what I know.


Hey Darren, welcome to the forum. I definitely welcome more legal discussion around digital rights, if you've got burning topics you want to dig into.


Halo Albert - tu good to see Papua represented!!

Greetings from the rest of the nesias :sunny:


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kia ora (greetings) from the south seas,

I've been covering corruption, foreign and domestic, across Oceania for ... quite some time now. My main gig at the moment is as correspondent for a regional news magazine Islands Business, based in Fiji, and as volunteer Editor for PFF. Our PFF Chair is in Papua New Guinea, Co-Chair in American Samoa, Coordinator in Fiji and another board member in (independent) Samoa.

I am also Secretary for the New Zealand based Pacific Islands Media Association and have just been approved to set up a New Zealand branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association.

All sounds very grand, but like everyone else, we operate on the memory of an oily rag - when we're working we don't have any time to worry about opsec, and when we're not working, we don't have any money to worry about opsec.

So I absolutely endorse the idea that tools be as user-friendly as possible. I've been advocating web2 approaches since 2005 (after getting a part-time net cafe job in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where PFF is registered) but most journos are so insanely busy they have almost zero mental energy to absorb new information, or even run routine malware scans.

Having said that, great to see Albert from Papua on here. Papua is the leading media freedom concern for PFF, whose people encounter such horrific human rights abuse at the hands of Indonesian security forces their situation has been has been termed "genocide." Foreign media are almost completely banned from accessing west Papua, the occupied half west of independent Papua New Guinea. Human rights observers such as Red Cross are also banned.

There are local media, and they need as much (simple) help as possible. Sorry for the whitesplaining, but Pacific culture is not to talk for yourself, let others speak for you.


Appreciate your perspective here, @jasonbrown1965. Welcome.


Hello all,

Thanks for the prompt to join this community, @mshelton. I'm a recent j-school grad from Melbourne and very interested in the press freedom space. Never been digitally-literate enough for infosec threads but I look forward to learning from everybody. From reading the introductions here it seems like a great collective already.


Hey, welcome @gzyd. :slight_smile: I learn new stuff here constantly. Hope it can be helpful to you too.