How to Protect Yourself Online: Digital Safety Tools & Strategies Against Abuse

Event Date: 
March 5, 2020

All too often, journalists, activists and others who use social media in their professional and personal lives are victimized by harassment, impersonation, doxing and more. (There’s a reason that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called his platform’s response to online abuse “a huge fail.”) When faced with a torrent of hate on social media, it can be tempting to choose self-censorship and silence. But there are ways to protect yourself.

Bring your devices and join Future Tense, PEN America and the Freedom of the Press Foundation for drinks and a hands-on cybersecurity self-defense session. We’ll equip you with practical tools and strategies to both prepare for and respond to online harassment. You’ll get handy resources to bolster your digital safety and tighten your privacy against hackers and abusers — and we'll even show you how, and why, to "dox yourself."

Co-hosted by Slate and New America, this event is free and open to the public.

Follow the conversation online using #CyberSelfDefense and following @PENAmerica, @FreedomofPress, and @FutureTenseNow.

Livestreaming of this event will be available on the New America website.

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

Where: New America, 740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. Map.


Viktorya Vilk, @PENAmerica
Program Director for Digital Safety and Free Expression at PEN America

Harlo Holmes, @FreedomofPress
Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation

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