Wan-Ifra webinar on digital security for journalists, 20 Sept 2022

Journalists will be trained to protect themselves from online threats

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Wan-Ifra is organizing a webinar on ‘Digital Security for Journalists’ on 20 September 2022. Photo: Wan-Ifra
Wan-Ifra is organizing a webinar on ‘Digital Security for Journalists’ on 20 September 2022. Photo: Wan-Ifra

Wan-Ifra is organizing a webinar on 20 September 2022 to give a quick rundown of the ways by which journalists can protect themselves and their sources from online security threats using widely available encrypted tools and services.

The webinar, ‘Digital Security for Journalists’, is supported by the Meta Journalism Project.

Journalists around the world are routinely subject to online attacks, harassment and are a prime target of surveillance by state and non-state actors.

These are compounded by the prevalence of online data collection and the ease with which hostile entities can access highly effective tools to hack and intercept journalists and their sources, especially when reporting sensitive issues.

The program includes Securing accounts and profiles, new tools and techniques on digital security, more secure communications, digital security hygiene and responsible security practices in the newsroom, how to use encryption to secure web browsing activity, files we share and store, our emails, calls and messages.

The program is designed for all editorial team members in the Indian news publishing industry, including editors, sub-editors, news editors, digital editors, journalists and reporters, and whoever is using digital platforms for writing and reporting. 

Gurshabad Grover, a technologist and legal researcher based in Bangalore, is the trainer. As an Open Tech Fund Information Controls Fellow, Gurshabad is studying online censorship in South Asia. Gurshabad’s research interests include network security and privacy and the technical and legal mechanisms of surveillance in India.

Priority will be given to participants from Wan-Ifra member companies.

Date of the webinar – 20 September 2022

Timing – 1200 hrs – 1300 hrs IST 

Click here to register for it.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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