Hi, I’m Camille Fassett.
I’m a journalist covering civil liberties, technology, police, and surveillance. I’m interested in public records, data, digital security, and using technical tools for creative and truthful ways of telling stories.
I work as a reporter at Freedom of the Press Foundation, where I co-run the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, documenting attacks on the press in the United States. I also write about surveillance policy, leak prosecutions, and government transparency, and manage our social media accounts.
As a researcher at digital security and data collective Lucy Parsons Labs, I investigate policing and surveillance technology. I am implementing a database of police officers that combines crowdsourced and public records data to increase police transparency, and to assist journalists covering law enforcement. OpenOversight currently features police officers in Chicago, New York City, and the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
I have taught digital security and public records trainings to journalists and activists, and I’m a member of the Cypurr Collective, which holds trainings about encryption and all-around technical skills at public libraries in New York City. I’ve also spoken at conferences including The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE).
I’m based in New York City. Please get in touch with tips or ideas for collaboration!
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