Meta has announced a free online course for journalists and human rights defenders on digital security and safety. Journalists are faced with all kinds of threats and challenges carrying out their jobs. In the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and other regions; journalists work under various threats. The course will help journalists stay safe and protect their privacy,
In the announcement, Meta explained that the goal of this initiative is to continue supporting journalists and human rights defenders. The course will take participants through a range of important elements that will help protect their privacy, counter harassment, and many more.
It said the 90-minute course will provide participants with a “better understanding and practical tips on how to protect their information, data, devices, and communications”.
“We are proud to support the launch of this very important program that will teach journalists and human rights defenders best practices on how to stay safe,” said Anjali Kapoor, Director of News Partnerships, Meta Asia Pacific. “This represents Meta’s ongoing commitment to support the safety of journalists and those who defend human rights around the world, the course will equip them with a strong foundation in digital security.”
This will include specific training on:
- Laying a strong digital security foundation
- Secure social media usage
- How to report from difficult situations in a secure fashion
- Countering online harassment
As part of the program, they will participate in a series of webinars (by ICFJ and BCJB) on digital security to further enhance their learning. This will provide additional context and supporting information.
You can learn more about the Digital security online course here.