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lecture: Practical techniques for whistleblowers to defend themselves in a hostile digital world
practical steps for whistleblowers to defend themselves against investigative witch hunts
The return of data retention laws in places like Australia (2 year retention period), along with ‘purpose creep’ of the data that is retained, means that journalists and their whistleblower sources are more at risk than ever before. In this talk, we will provide practical steps for whistleblowers to defend themselves against investigative witch hunts likely to come after the ugly truths are revealed, including sharing lessons learned from practical cases - both technical and mindset.
Key elements of this talk are: Known cases: How the Australian Federal Police generated hundreds of pages of investigatory material around just one Guardian journalist in order to identify his source. We will walk through the details of this case, including discussing the kinds of data the authority searched for and found. Common search data sets – what data we know can be generated and probably accessed easily, including without a warrant in many cases and countries. Five fairly easy tech things you can do to make it harder to track your role in whistleblowing a story. Finally, we provide ways of evaluating whether anonymity versus 'hiding in plain sight' is the best strategy for most whistleblowers.