Improving Computer Security Technologies for
Journalist-Source and Other Sensitive Communications


Security & Privacy Research Lab
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington


Overview

Advances in digital communication technologies, and their proliferation in recent decades, have removed many barriers to journalism and other professions. At the same time, however, security weaknesses in these technologies have put journalists and other users of technology increasingly at risk from powerful organizations -- reducing individual and organizational security and privacy, and curtailing freedoms of speech and of the press both nationally and internationally.

This project aims to (1) study the computer security needs, mental models, concerns, and use cases of user groups for whom sensitive communications are critical, such as journalists and lawyers, informing (2) the development of more effective, more usable secure communication technologies for these and other user groups.


People

Faculty
Franziska Roesner

Students
Ada (Adam) Lerner, PhD Student
Mitali Palekar, Undergraduate Student
Eric Zeng, PhD Student

Collaborators
Kelly Caine, Clemson University
Susan McGregor, Columbia Journalism School


Software

Forthcoming.


Publications


Press


Funding

This work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation under Awards CNS-1463968 and CNS-1513575.