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Deep Web for Journalists - Comms, Counter-Surveillance, Search [Kindle Edition]

Alan Pearce
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Book Description

Journalism has been transformed by the Internet and the Internet has opened journalists to levels of surveillance that would have horrified George Orwell. All journalists should be aware of the dangers they face in the digital world – the emerging battleground.

Being a journalist in 2015 is more dangerous than it ever was. In addition to the usual threats, beatings, murders and war casualties, we are now being actively targeted online by intelligence agencies, law enforcement and others.

These days it is not just journalists working in repressive regimes that need worry. We now know that the US and its cyber-allies – Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – actively monitor domestic journalists in their mass surveillance of the Internet.

Edward Snowden has warned journalists that they are special targets and he has expressed surprise that news organizations rarely have any counter-measures in place.

They harvest our contacts and monitor our telephone logs. They read our emails and texts. They follow our every move online and they keep tabs on every line we write.

But it is not just intelligence agencies and law enforcement that we should worry about. All kinds of people have a vested interest in knowing about your next story – individual criminals and criminal organizations, political parties and extremist groups, law firms and the corporate giants.

Large business interests have their own intelligence units. They know what is being said about them and by whom. They keep track of their competitors and they know when somebody starts asking awkward questions about them.

If big business or anyone wanted to destroy a journalist’s reputation this is simplicity itself.

The key is not to attract attention in the first place, and to learn to operate beneath the radar.

But how can journalists safeguard their sources and communicate without being overheard? How can they conduct sensitive research without having to watch their backs?

This book will show how to block intruders, set up secure communications, mask your identity online and browse and download anonymously, and store any amount of data without leaving a trace.

If that wasn't enough, the Deep Web is also a largely-unknown research and information resource. If you know the right entry points, you can mine a rich seam of multimedia files, images, software and documents that you cannot find on the Surface Web.

Deep Web for Journalists “offers an uncompromising diagnosis of the perils of online communications and should shatter the confidence many of us place in the unguarded ways of working online,” says Jim Boumelha, President of International Federation of Journalists in his Foreword to the book.

Journalist, broadcaster and author Alan Pearce has covered conflicts from the Khmer Rouge to the Taliban for the BBC and Time Magazine, among others. He now teaches cyber-security skills and counter-surveillance to journalists.

“The work of journalism has become immeasurably harder than it ever has been in the past. Journalists have to be particularly conscious about any sort of network signalling, any sort of connection, any sort of licence plate reading device that they pass on their way to a meeting point, any place they use their credit card, any place they take their phone, any email contact they have with the source - because that very first contact, before encrypted communications are established, is enough to give it all away.” – Edward Snowden 17 July 2014 in The Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:; v 0:7 edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 16 Nov. 2013
By Stevie
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Although written primarrily for journalists this book is an excellent read for anyone, like me, who wants to learn about and access access to deep cyberspace, that mysterious area of the net where governments, industry and other institutions wish to hide information and data they don't want available for general public viewing.

The book is also excellent value for money because the autohrs offer free updates enabling readers to keep abreast of on-going technological development which render information which is up-to-date today obsolete tomorrow.

Thank you for this truly brill introduction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need as a modern Journalist 20 Aug. 2013
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This book is primarily written for journalists, but there are many other people who would find what is in this book useful. It goes over security first, such things as encryption, different services you can use, etc. It then outlines the 'deep web' (Tor network) in some detail. However, one of the best things is the list of resources at the end of the book. It is truly an exhaustive and very useful list of information dumps on the web that i never even knew existed.
Glad I bought this book. Would recommend it to amateur or professional journalists, whatever sector you are covering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 12 Mar. 2014
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I'm not a journalist but have a vested interest in this topic. Because of the scope of the subject you would think that the book would be full of technological jargon, codes and words that you would stare blankly at. WRONG. It's written in a format that is easily understood and digested and sprinkled with touches of humour.

With regards to keeping you safe and hidden when online, in my opinion it puts you at ease. The topics covered are concise and all instructions are easy to follow. As this is a Kindle edition most of the links worked first time. Those that didn't, worked after another attempt.

The section on smartphones I found fascinating as well as a few little tips and tricks to maintain the integrity of your laptop when travelling.

Well worth the purchase price and with the offer of additional updates it really is a must have. Can we have more of the same please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than helpful 3 May 2015
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Solid advice for exploring the 'deep web' without accidentally going into the 'dark web'. A practical tool for ensuring your online privacy.
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