From Standing Rock to Ferguson, documentary filmmakers, journalists and other media crew find themselves forced to work in increasingly dangerous or sensitive conditions. Many documentarians may not know their legal rights or may not have the skills or tools to protect themselves or their crew and subjects. This workshop seeks to expand source protection to cover more than just encrypting data. Over the course of three days, participants will explore what it takes to protect those who endanger themselves to investigate injustice.
This three-day intensive will explore the ethics and challenges of investigating and documenting high-stakes, dangerous and traumatic situations and events. It is designed to familiarize documentary makers with their legal rights and ethical obligations and to introduce strategies for protecting their subjects and crews. The workshop will cover how to protect sources and data and how to keep crew and subjects safe during and after filming. Topics to be discussed will include physical, legal and emotional/psychological protection. It will also cover best practices for shooting and sharing sensitive or dangerous information. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage protection and security through a unique range of guests, including filmmakers, law and trauma professionals, and internet and data security experts.
Participants will have the opportunity to receive legal, safety, data encryption and self-care advice for their current and future projects. The workshop will culminate in a public CryptoParty to share practical strategies and tools for data encryption and security.