The Meta Journalism Project and the ICFJ have put together a self-paced 90-minute course and webinars to provide online safety guidance.
Meta recently launched a new, free online digital security and safety training course for journalists and human rights defenders. The self-paced 90-minute training course teaches them how to protect their digital assets and increase the security of their operations.
The new digital security and safety training program is managed by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers (BCJB). It is part of Meta’s commitment to the Meta Human Rights Defenders Fund and Journalist Safety Initiative.
The course offers insights and practical tips on protecting information, data, devices, and communications. It includes specific training on:
- Laying a robust digital security foundation
- Secure social media usage
- How to report from difficult situations in a secure fashion
- Countering online harassment
“The increasing threat of cyber attacks against journalists and civil society is putting lives in danger and has no bounds,” explains Luis Botello, ICFJ’s global impact and strategy deputy vice president. “This innovative online course on digital security is full of resources, which are a lifeline for journalists and civil society advocates who do essential work providing information and support to their communities.”
The course is available via the ICFJ website. Although it is initially offered in English only, it will soon be made available in additional languages, including Bahasa Indonesian, Bengali, Filipino, Khmer, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, Traditional Chinese, and Urdu.
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Along with the training course, the ICFJ and BCJB are also hosting a live webinar series where course participants can get additional context on how to protect themselves.
For Meta, this is not the first effort to support journalists with training on how to stay safe across social media. Last year, the company partnered with the Rory Peck Trust to help freelance journalists globally who face challenging and traumatic events.