Dispatch had its soft launch on Saturday at the 2013 NICAR conference and received great feedback on the app from the attending investigative reporters. We’re now working on incorporating that feedback as we develop the app further.
One insightful participant highlighted the importance of emphasizing basic security best practices for journalists – even the most secure encryption is useless if you mistakenly de-anonymize yourself. During all four days of the conference there was only one session focused on security, “Coverting reporting using technology to cover your tracks.” (Slides from this presentation can be found here, a tip sheet from the presentation can be found here)
Security is often top of mind for journalists in conflict zones but the NICAR line-up shows the current lack of awareness of the importance of security domestically.