Whether covering a protest or just the day-to-day of the city, mobile devices open the potential for anyone to tell a story from a first-person perspective. As with many emerging technologies, though, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets open up new ways to have your location, conversations, and activities fall into the wrong hands.

In this workshop we’ll be covering fundamental mobile security and go through how to use your phone’s built-in encryption, the limitations of message encryption and metadata, VPNs, and more. Bring your smartphone or tablet to follow along in getting started!

This workshop is aimed toward people with no prior knowledge of these tools or people who have questions about them. There will also be time for more advanced users to come and discuss more technical solutions, too.

David Huerta is a Digital Security Fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he’s working on methods to train journalists to take advantage of privacy-enhancing technology to empower a free press. He’s co-organized dozens of trainings across the US, including one at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of Laura Poitras’s Astro Noise exhibition in 2016. He’s also spoken on the subject of usable privacy technology at DEF CON, Radical Networks, Rightscon and random cocktail bars.

Olivia Martin is a Digital Security Fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. She has spent years in newsrooms as a designer and editor with new media and student publications, and uses this experience to aid in assessing the evolving needs of journalists in today's media landscape.

photo credit: Victor Jeffreys II

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