Closed Networks are Revolutionary for Oppressed People and Reporters Covering Them

Where social media is banned or monitored, closed networks and encrypted messengers like Telegram and WhatsApp allow activists and the journalists who cover them an avenue for communicating and disseminating information by circumventing authoritarian control.

This session is designed for:

  • Reporters covering at-risk, sensitive and secretive people and groups
  • Newsrooms interested in developing techniques for covering “impenetrable” communities
  • Anyone curious to understand how closed networks can foster freer-flowing information
  • Speakers

    Thalia Beaty
    Journalist, Storyful
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    Kevin Nguyen
    Producer, ABC Australia
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    Layla Mashkoor
    News Journalist, Storyful
    @laylamashkoorVisit Website


    Rachel Glickhouse
    Partner Manager, Documenting Hate, ProPublica
    @riogringaVisit Website

    Session Audio

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