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Jorge Luis Sierra

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Jorge Luis Sierra is an ICFJ Knight Fellow working on digital security and safety. He previously spent time in Panama and Mexico for four years, developing digital tools to map crime, corruption and attacks on journalists and bloggers. Sierra was an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor, writing on Latino issues and a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency and gangs. Sierra studied international journalism at the University of Southern California; defense policy and economics at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University; psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and creative writing at the School of Writers in Mexico City.

Latest Stories

‘Salama’ app helps to keep journalists safe

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra created Salama, a free risk assessment app, to help journalists mitigate digital and physical security threats.

Jorge Luis Sierra | February 17, 2017

The basics of phishing attacks: What journalists need to know to stay safe

Understanding how hackers operate is the first step to protecting your phone or computer from a cyberattack. 

Jorge Luis Sierra | October 26, 2016

Why I’m using a battlefield simulator to train journalists

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra has developed a simulator that uses audio taken from actual battles between drug traffickers and military units in Mexico.

Jorge Luis Sierra | August 19, 2016

12 tips for protecting newsrooms from cyberattacks

With cyberattacks against journalists on the rise, these ideas will help newsrooms do a better job at protecting their websites and other digital information from threats. 

Jorge Luis Sierra | June 20, 2016
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Improving journalists' safety along a violent border

Journalists on the U.S.–Mexico border need a bi-national, bilingual perspective while also risking danger to themselves. Here's how they can stay safer.

Jorge Luis Sierra | April 29, 2016

Why encryption doesn’t need to be an obstacle

Encryption is important for journalists worldwide. ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra breaks through the complexities of encryption systems to give readers a user-friendly guide to encryption tools. 

Jorge Luis Sierra | February 02, 2016

Newsrooms should change editorial workflow to prevent government spying

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra discusses why new digital technologies alone can't enhance cybersecurity. Newsrooms have to change their habits to make full use of the tools at their disposal.

Jorge Luis Sierra | November 18, 2015
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Colombian journalists face new challenges with digital attacks on the rise

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra evaluated the safety of journalists at five online media organizations in Colombia using his risk assessment app Salama. 

Jorge Luis Sierra | September 28, 2015

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