I’m a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where I work on special projects. My professional interests include data-driven reporting and behavioral economics. My current work focuses on technological tracking by governments and private companies and the impact this has on business, society and the law.
Previously, I was the lead writer and editor for Digits, The Journal’s technology blog. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and have a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
You can follow me on Twitter @jenvalentino, and you can email me at jennifer [dot] valentino [hyphen] devries [at] wsj [dot] com. Whew!
If you’d prefer more secure communications, please use the public PGP key here. Alternatively, you can use secure chat and contact me at jennifer [dot] valentino [at] jabber [dot] ccc [dot] de. Note that I use Adium and Pidgin with OTR over Tor and do not log. I also am happy to use Silent Circle, either text or phone, as well as PrivateGSM. If you’d prefer me to set up a virtual machine or follow other protocols, just let me know.
(I talk to a lot of computer-security professionals, who tend to have strict requirements about these things, even for having relatively mundane conversations.)
If you’re not a computer-security pro, you might be wondering: What is she talking about?
Well, PGP encrypts your data — documents, emails and so forth. People who use PGP to communicate have “keys” that lock their data so it can be unlocked only by those they trust. Secure, or “off the record,” chat also involves encryption, making it difficult for your conversations to be intercepted.
You need to be running special email and IM programs for these technologies to work. I’ll be updating instructions for these programs soon; in the meantime, old instructions–which are still somewhat useful–are here.
If you have something to send me, the appropriate physical address is care of The Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.