[ddj] Newsfoo Camp 2012

Liliana Bounegru bounegru at ejc.net
Thu Dec 6 19:34:46 UTC 2012

Thank you for sharing these resources Steve. It sounds like a great event,
I'll make sure not to miss it next time.



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On 3 December 2012 18:04, Stephen Doig <steve.doig at asu.edu> wrote:

>  Liliana asked me to give the ddj list a quick recap of this year's
> Newsfoo Camp unconference that was held here at the Cronkite School of
> Journalism at Arizona State University Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. If you've never
> been to an unconference, it's an interesting model. There is no pre-set
> agenda or list of panels; instead, attendees write quick titles and
> descriptions of discussions they'd like to lead and then place them on a
> board blocked out by time and meeting place. It's an eight-ring circus, and
> the problem always is choosing one session knowing that there are a couple
> of others going on at the same time that you wish you could sit in on, as
> well.
>  Newsfoo Camp is an invitation-only event sponsored by O'Reilly Media,
> the technology publishing empire. The 150 or so invited attendees were a
> mix of journalists, educators, technologists, futurists and public policy
> wonks, mostly U.S. but some from Europe, Latin America and as far away as
> Australia and New Zealand. You can see the list of campers at
> http://newsfoo12.wiki.oreilly.com/wiki/index.php/News_Foo_Campers.
>  The best way to get a sense of what happened in various sessions is to
> read the #newsfoo Twitter stream. But I'll mention one session that I found
> particularly useful. It focused on tools and strategies to keep secret the
> communications between journalist and their confidential sources. It was
> led by Danny O'Brien of the Committee to Protect Journalists and my
> Cronkite colleague Dan Gillmor. Danny's job includes training reporters and
> activists in repressive countries about ways to keep their communications
> and sources secret from prying eyes. This has been an issue that I have
> given talks on at IRE and NICAR conferences, and I was grateful to hear
> from someone who has been on the front lines of this. Danny particularly
> recommended a CPJ publication called "Journalist Security Guide" that
> covered much of what he talked about; you can read it at
> http://cpj.org/reports/2012/04/journalist-security-guide.php. He also
> recommended using open-source software like TrueCrypt (
> http://www.truecrypt.org/) to encrypt hard drives and USB flash drives if
> there is reason to believe that governments or other organizations might
> have reason to inspect your files, covertly or otherwise.
>   Steve Doig
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