WEASA 2019 – week two!

We hit the ground running in week two. Miranda Spivack, a Fulbright Scholar and investigative journalist who worked at outlets such as the Washington Post, provided us with an in-depth view of journalism in the 21st century. We talked about how to best tackle the scourge of disinformation and fake news and improve the quality and funding of journalism in our home countries.

By the second day of the second week, we continued our foray into investigative journalism. Julia Bayer, from DW and @Quiztime, walked us through a series of geolocation and online verification techniques. What type of information can we find by digging through public social media feeds? How can we figure out the location at which a satellite image was taken?

Finally, we finished off the summer school with a deep dive into digital security. Participants met Michał Czesiek Czyżewski, who led sessions on privacy, encryption, and security. We studied how we can best understand our own threat models and how best to browse and message in a secure and private manner.

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