Journalists and technologists often speak different
languages. But a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit, Small World News, is bridging the gap with
a new guide on the safe use of satellite phones. It comes at a critical time.
The group's Guide to
Safely Using Satphones just went online, less than three weeks after the deaths
of international journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik in Homs, Syria. Several journalists who worked in Homs
suspected the Syrian government targeted the building where Colvin, Ochlik, and
other journalists were working. If government forces indeed targeted the
building, they could have relied on several forms of intelligence, including the
tracking of journalists' satellite signals.