Eric Barrett is a data journalist working in the South Caucasus. He uses open-source technologies to improve the security of communications among staff, enable audiences’ access to blocked content, investigate stories using data, design data visualizations for stories, improve methods of content creation and distribution, and train journalists in aspects of data journalism and security. He also collaborates with other organizations when communicating data is of prime importance, including creating data visualizations and leading trainings. Eric was the director of JumpStart Georgia, an organization that advocated for open data and the improved communication of data, from 2012 to 2016. Eric moved to Tbilisi, Georgia in 2005 and now resides there with his wife and two children.