Knight Center
Knight Center

DISTANCE LEARNING

Cyber Security for Journalists


Course Dates: 
Monday, November 19, 2012 - Sunday, December 16, 2012
Application Period: 
Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 09:00 - Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 17:00
Application Deadline Time Zone: 
(Austin, Texas)
Course Language: 
English
Instructor: 
Robert Guerra
Course Objectives: 

Journalists will come away with:
*A better and more nuanced understanding of how the internet works,
*How it is governed and the various techniques, tools and policies that are being used to control, shape and limit conversation online.
*Students will also learn about digital threats and risks, mitigation strategies and security best practices that can be used to improve a user’s digital hygiene and overall digital security.

Course Requirements: 

The course is open to:
• Journalists currently working in Latin America and the Caribbean
• Have a good understanding of online email services, social networking tools, and privacy enhancing tools such as PGP and Internet Censorship circumvention tools such as Tor.
• Currently work full time or as freelancers for print, broadcast, or online news media

• Can commit to participating consistently in an intensive course that demands 10-15 hours a week.
• An Internet-connected browser, to see the Knight lectures and to read course material
• Must be able to read English at a medium level - some reading materials will be in English.

Course description: 

Journalists will come away with a better and more nuanced understanding of how the internet works, how it is governed and the various techniques, tools and policies that are being used to control, shape and limit conversation online. Students will also learn about digital threats and risks, mitigation strategies and security best practices that can be used to improve a user’s digital hygiene and overall digital security.

Priority will be given to applicants who are from Latin America and the Caribbean. The journalists accepted into the online course will pay a $60 administrative fee and a certificate of participation will be issued to those who comply with the course’s requirements.

This online course is divided into weekly modules containing multimedia presentations and links to online resources. Most of the course activities can be followed in the days and times most appropriate for each student, and a live webinar will be held each week during the course. Exercises, online discussions and additional assignments will also be part of the curriculum. Participants can expect to spend 10-15 hours per week on the course.

Instructor Information: 

Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of Internet governance, cyber security, social networking, multi-stakeholder participation, Internet freedom and human rights. Robert is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian based company that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy, secure communications, information security, Internet governance and Internet freedom. He also works as special adviser to the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He serves as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as a member of the US IGF Steering Committee. Additionally he has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS).


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