“Digital Safety for Internet Repressive Environments” Training Course

Kamal Sedra
Kamal Sedra


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A screenshot from Tor, one of the privacy tools covered in the course. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Tor Project/Mozilla.

Digital Safety for Internet Repressive Environments

September 11 – October 16, 2015

Friday afternoons from 2 to 6 PM

Dupont Circle, Washington DC


Human rights and press freedom activists, journalists, diplomats, attorneys and others who seek safer ways to engage with at-risk colleagues, sources and contacts are encouraged to take this course. The focus will be on concepts, strategies and tools to mitigate risk in what the State Department has coined “Internet Repressive” societies. They include nations hostile to the United States like China, Russia, Burma and Vietnam, nations with security ties to Washington like Ethiopia, Colombia, Egypt and Pakistan, and a great many nations, including Mexico, Bangladesh and others- including some of the same nations listed above- where organized criminal actors are among those conducting surveillance.

The course will be taught by two leading experts, each of whom has extensive experience in such environments, and who are also known for their ability to teach complex skills to non-technologists.

Runa A. Sandvik is a privacy and security researcher, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. A well-known figure in the Information Freedom community, Runa regularly teaches digital security to journalists and helps media organizations improve their security posture. She is also a technical advisor to both the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the TrueCrypt Audit project. She tweets as @runasand.
Kamal Sedra is a digital activist, blogger, and digital security trainer. He has worked with many international NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa. Kamal is Managing Director of DISC Development and Senior Technical Advisor at ICT4Peace Foundation, and a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Arab Internet Governance Forum, as well as an active member of the digital safety community. He tweets as @KmSedra.
Course details:
September 11, 2015 – October 16, 2015
Meets every Friday, 4 hours each session (2 – 6 pm, with a break)
$895 per participant
The course fee covers:
  • Six 4 hour face-to-face classes co-taught by Runa Sandvik and Kamal Sedra;
  • Take-home assignments to allow you to practice skills learned in class;
  • Mentoring and advice from both instructors during the week as needed between classes.

For questions or to register for the class, please contact us at gjs.journalistsecurity.net or call + 1 202-352-1736.

NOTE: We expect to launch another course in the coming months that will be oriented toward National Security Agency-level environments, or for journalists, activists, attorneys and others who seek safer ways to engage with sources and colleagues working on matters of interest to governmental agencies of the United States, the United Kingdom and other most developed nations.

For more information about other GJS classes, visit our course schedule online.

Private Classes in Washington. DC and on location upon request are also available.

 To learn more about either our training or team, please see www.journalistsecurity.net.

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