Jennifer Helsby

Lead developer, SecureDrop

Jennifer Helsby is lead developer of SecureDrop, a project of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she worked on applying machine learning methods to problems in public policy. Jennifer is also the CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs, a non-profit that focuses on police accountability and surveillance oversight. In a former life, she studied the large scale structure of the universe, and received her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2015.

Jennifer is speaking at

Safety & Security
September 28, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.104, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Michael Morisy (Speaker) Chief Executive, MuckRock
  • Jennifer Helsby (Speaker) Lead developer, SecureDrop
  • Eni Mulia (Speaker) Executive Director, Indonesia Network for Investigative Journalism (JARING)
  • Cecil Rosner (Moderator) Director of Investigative: Regions, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


One of the great advances for modern muckraking is the thumb drive. An entire library documenting years of corruption, deceit, and secrecy can be leaked with a single download. But how do you get leaks securely? Fortunately, there are some durable platforms available to newsrooms who want to encourage -- and protect -- whistleblowers. At the same time, there are also a growing number of online  wherer sites to file official document requests under Freedom of Information or Right to Information laws. Come here experts on all these platforms and learn how to start making them work for your investigations.

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