Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
In Winnipeg, micropayments aren’t generating big money, but they’re serving as a top-of-the-funnel strategy
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
June 5, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
Reporting & Production
LINK: www.theguardian.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Justin Ellis   |   June 5, 2014

The Guardian has launched a new system for anonymous sources to send confidential documents to the newspaper. SecureDrop, which uses privacy software from Tor, will let users provide The Guardian with files and avoid being tracked online.

guardian_logoThe Guardian joins The New Yorker, ProPublica, and The Intercept in using the system as a secure method of receiving information from whistleblowers. SecureDrop was originally created by Aaron Swartz prior to his death in 2013. It’s now maintained by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

As one of the initial news organizations to report on the leaked National Security Administration files from Edward Snowden, The Guardian hopes to find a way to let confidential information flow to the paper while protecting sources and journalists.

Because of its reporting on the NSA, The Guardian already relocated files from Snowden to the United States; the SecureDrop system is also located outside of the U.K. In 2013, the British government forced Guardian editors to physically destroy computers with documents from Snowden.

Even as more newsrooms use SecureDrop as a tool for tips and leaked files, the system doesn’t promise complete security, The Guardian notes:

SecureDrop was given an extensive security audit by a team of cryptographers in July 2013, and updated in response to many of the concerns raised at the time. The system was also updated to address the widely reported Heartbleed security vulnerability.

While the system is far more secure than, for example, emailing information to a reporter, SecureDrop specifically does not promise 100% security.

“[A]ny organization or product that promises 100% security is not telling the truth,” says the Freedom of the Press Foundation website. “SecureDrop attempts to create [a] significantly more secure environment for sources to get information than exists through normal digital channels, but there are always risks.”

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 45,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
In Winnipeg, micropayments aren’t generating big money, but they’re serving as a top-of-the-funnel strategy
Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press’ attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year — but it also produces data that allows for more targeted upsell efforts.
Democrats see most news outlets as unbiased. Republicans think they’re almost all biased.
Plus: Facebook expands its fact-checking program; for one thing, it now covers photos and video.
The Appeal focuses on an often undercovered aspect of criminal justice: local prosecutors
The site, recently rebranded from In Justice Today, wants to shine a light on a more mysterious part of the legal system by focusing on local prosecutors and criminal justice policy.