Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool “SecureDrop” Launched. An anonymous reader writes in with news about a new tool for whistleblowers/ “The ‘strongest-ever’ whistleblowing tool for sources to speak anonymously with journalists, partly developed by the late Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, has been launched by the Freedom of The Press Foundation. Before his suicide in January 2013, Swartz had been working on a tool for sources to anonymously submit documents to journalists online, without using traceable email and in a way that could be easily catalogued by news organisations. Called SecureDrop, the tool can be installed on any news organisation’s website as a ‘Contact Us’ form page. But where these pages usually require a name and email address, the encrypted SecureDrop system is completely anonymous, assigning the whistleblower two unique identifiers — one seen by the journalist, and one seen by the whistleblower. These identities stay the same, so a conversation can be had without names being shared or known.” [Search Slashdot]
I had no idea that Aaron Swartz had been working on such a tool until this story came out. It certainly explains why the Evil Empire was so determined to hound him to death.