Access & Censorship

New Initiative Created by Jill Greenberg Seeks Gender Parity in Advertising Photography | PDNPulse

Photographer Jill Greenberg has launched an online directory in an effort to promote women photographers for advertising jobs, film and television key art, and magazine covers. Called Alreadymade, the platform serves as a resource for clients looking to hire experienced women photographers. To be included on the site, photographers have to have shot at least three ad campaigns, and have handled productions with budgets north of $125,000. Forty-nine women photographers are now listed on Alreadymade, and Greenberg says she plans to continue adding to the list.

What Photographers Need to Know About GDPR

The EU has a new data protection law, the so-called GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, or as we Germans like to call it: “Datenschutzgrundverordnung” (Gesundheit!). The rules took effect on May 25th and so far it’s pretty chaotic: in the EU we cannot reach some newspapers in the outside world because they cannot comply with the new rules.

Facebook photo-scanning lawsuit could cost it billions

A federal judge ruled Monday that millions of the social network’s users can proceed as a group with claims that its photo-scanning technology violated an Illinois law by gathering and storing biometric data without their consent. Damages could be steep — a fact that wasn’t lost on the judge, who was unsympathetic to Facebook’s arguments for limiting its legal exposure.

Egyptian Photojournalist Facing Death Penalty Wins ‘Press Freedom Prize’

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. Shawkan has been in jail since August 2013 after being arrested for covering the August 2013 Rabaa massacre. He’s also facing the death penalty after the prosecutor reportedly called for it last year.

Journalists, it’s unethical to ignore your online security | Poynter

The Field Guide to Security Training in the Newsroom (a collaboration between OpenNews staff; Amanda Hickman, formerly of Buzzfeed Open Lab; Kevin O’Gorman, integration manager at The Globe and Mail and a slew of contributors) is full of useful information about topics like setting up secure messaging apps, password management and two-factor authentication. It also provides necessary tips and resources for those accidental experts sharing it, like lesson plans and games.

What Facebook Can Learn About You From a Single Uploaded Photo

The Wall Street Journal has published an article (behind a paywall) titled “How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars.” In it, the WSJ examines subtle ways you may be handing over personal data to Facebook and other high-tech companies during a quiet evening at home.

Deputy Who Shot Photog ‘Reasonably’ Thought Tripod Was Gun: Lawyers

Photographer Andy Grimm was shot at around 10 p.m. on September 4th, 2017, when he pulled into a parking lot to shoot photos of a nearby traffic stop. Clark County deputy Jake Shaw, believing that Grimm was pulling a rifle out of his car, opened fire, hitting Grimm in the arm and stomach.

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine – The New York Times

Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The results of that surveillance are used to fuel a sophisticated and opaque system for narrowly targeting advertisements and other wares to Facebook’s users.

Egyptian Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Photojournalist Shawkan | PDNPulse

“Seeking the death penalty for a photographer who simply covered an opposition demonstration is a political punishment, not an act of justice,” RSF said. “Shawkan’s only crime was trying to do his job as a photographer. He must be freed at once.”

Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer – The New York Times

But the photographer, Kamran Yousuf, 21, has been stuck in jail since September — the victim, his friends and family say, of the Indian authorities’ strange and harsh definition of what a “real” journalist is.

NY Times Photographer: Trump Gives More Access Than Obama

Photojournalist Doug Mills made headlines back in November 2017 by Tweeting a black “photo” to protest the lack of access provided to the White House Travel Pool while President Trump was attending the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

However, Mills had much more positive things to say in a new interview that just aired yesterday on C-SPAN. Having covered both the Trump and Obama administrators, Mills stated that photographers are actually getting “a lot more” access to the current administration.

Reuters Publishes Account of Myanmar Massacre After Journalists’ Arrests – The New York Times

The news agency Reuters has published a detailed investigation into the massacre of 10 Rohingya men by Myanmar soldiers and villagers, saying that the work led the Myanmar authorities to arrest two of its reporters.

I just don’t abide censorship | You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story

To my friends: I have withdrawn from the 18,000-plus member Facebook group “Kern County of Old” and have removed all of the contributions I’ve made to the site after the group’s administrators removed one of my photos.

Reuters Banned from Olympic Opening Ceremony for Leaked Photos

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that on Sunday, Reuters filed several photos of the Olympic cauldron being lit with fire during a rehearsal at the Olympic Main Stadium. There are strict media embargoes that are designed to prevent these details from being published, and Reuters violated them by publishing the photos without permission. Reuters then reportedly took the photos down after both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the PyeongChang organizing committed protested the publishing of the pictures.

He Leaked a Photo of Rick Perry Hugging a Coal Executive. Then He Lost His Job. – The New York Times

As a photographer for the Department of Energy, Simon Edelman regularly attended meetings with Secretary Rick Perry and snapped pictures for official purposes.

Now he is out of a job and seeking whistle-blower protections after leaking photographs of Mr. Perry meeting with a major energy industry donor to President Trump.

‘The New Normal’ in Pakistan: a Journalist on the Run From Gunmen – The New York Times

Fearing that his attackers would spot him from a distance, the investigative journalist Taha Siddiqui threw off his bright red sweater as he jumped into a ditch and crawled through mud and shrubs to reach a highway in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.