Today is Aaron Swartz Day

Lisa Rein writes, "Today, Saturday November 9th is Aaron Swartz Day all over the world. We have events going on all over the world here - with a Zoom channel and Gitters set up for questions that will be monitored from San Francisco all day (The San Francisco event details are here for FOIAPALOOZA). Read the rest

After banning working cryptography and raiding whistleblowers, Australia's spies ban speakers from national infosec conference

Australian politics are a revolting mess of unstable governments dominated by xenophobic, climate-denying far-right oligarchs, and the only check on their power is the fact that Australian governments are so riven by internal strife and unhinged authoritarianism that they tend to collapse on a quarterly basis, triggering new elections and/or leadership contests. Read the rest

Job opening: senior security engineer to work on SecureDrop and protect whistleblowers

Sumana writes, "SecureDrop (previously) (originally coded by Aaron Swartz) is an open source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. Its parent nonprofit, the Freedom of the Press Foundation (previously), is hiring a Senior Software Engineer to join the team and:" Read the rest

The guy in charge of protecting American spies who blow the whistle on corruption just got frog-marched out of his office and suspended

America's spy agencies have always talked a good game about the "official channels" available to spies who discover wrongdoing, insisting that the procedures to investigate their claims and protect them from retaliation mean that no spy should ever have to go to the press. Read the rest

Aaron Swartz Day is today, and for the first time, there's a webcast

Today is the Fifth Annual Aaron Swartz Day and International Hackathon Weekend, and for the first time, the speakers will be webcast, starting at 1PM Pacific: Read the rest

Vice now has a Securedrop for anonymous whistleblower docs

Securedrop is a robust, secure, anonymous system for whistleblowers to convey documents to news organizations, created by Aaron Swartz and taken up by the Freedom of the Press Foundation after his death. Read the rest

What does the prisoner phone-recording leak mean for prisoners and their families?

Lisa Rein writes, "On November 12th, The Intercept published a story about one of its SecureDrop uploads: 70 million records of prisoner phone data. The hack exposed that at least 14,000 phone calls between prisoners and their attorneys had been improperly recorded, and neither the calls themselves or the millions of metadata records about the calls were being stored securely." Read the rest

Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983

Photos by Cynthia Palmer. Read the rest

Hack of 70M prisoner phone calls is biggest attorney-client privilege breach in US history

An important story out today confirms that SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower leak system originally programmed by Aaron Swartz and maintained by Freedom of the Press Foundation, works. Read the rest

Kickstarting "From DeadDrop to SecureDrop" about Aaron Swartz's last project

Journalist/educator Lisa Rein is looking for $20,000 to complete a documentary called "From DeadDrop to SecureDrop," which chronicles the development of the last technology project that Aaron Swartz worked on: a tool to help whistleblowers and journalists communicate and exchange documents in secret. Read the rest

To do in San Francisco: Aaron Swartz Day mini-con on privacy-enabling tech

Lisa Rein writes, "While the San Francisco Aaron Swartz International Hackathon is going on downstairs at the Internet Archive, we're having a little privacy-enabling mini-conference upstairs." Read the rest

NSA-proof passwords

The Intercept's Micah Lee explains how to use Diceware's to generate a passphrase that can survive the NSA's trillion-guess-per-second cracking attempts -- but which can still be easily memorized. Read the rest

New version of SecureDrop, open-source whistleblower submission system originally created by Aaron Swartz

At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources. Read the rest

How to leak news safely in the age of total digital surveillance

A solid roundup of advice from Micah F. Lee for sources in the age of digital surveillance: here's how to leak to The Intercept, as safely as possible. Micah's a former EFF-er, currently of First Look Media (publishers of The Intercept), and he is also a board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing stories based on leaked material when that material is newsworthy and serves the public interest. So ever since The Intercept launched, our staff has tried to put the best technology in place to protect our sources. Our website has been protected with HTTPS encryption from the beginning. All of our journalists publish their PGP keys on their staff profiles so that readers can send them encrypted email. And we’ve been running a SecureDrop server, an open source whistleblower submission system, to make it simpler and more secure for anonymous sources to get in touch with us.

But caution is still advised to those who want to communicate with us without exposing their real-world identities.

What not to do, what to worry about, and how to actually go about leaking to the press when you don't want your real-world identity revealed. Good advice for the next Edward Snowden, who may be you.

"HOW TO LEAK TO THE INTERCEPT" [firstlook.org] Read the rest

News organizations and Digital Security: solutions to surveillance post-Snowden

I'm in Washington, D.C. today with the Freedom of the Press Foundation for a day-long event, "News Organizations and Digital Security, Solutions to Surveillance Post-Snowden."

Heavy hitters are present, talking about encryption and security in real-world practice--including including Dana Priest, investigative reporter, Washington Post; James Risen, investigative reporter, New York Times; Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst, ACLU; Julia Angwin, investigative reporter, ProPublica; all of The Intercept's security team and others.

Among the subjects up for discussion are the problems surrounding real-world encryption--how do reporters keep whistleblowing sources safe?--and the methods that reporters can use to keep themselves safe, too. Attendees will get a hands-on session demonstrating how to set up off-the-record encrypted chat sessions on their laptops; an introduction to PGP email encryption and the SecureDrop system; and Tails, a critical tool for reporting on the NSA that few have even heard of.

The day ends with a screening of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras's new film about Snowden and government surveillance.

Here is the full schedule.

Here's the live video stream.

Be sure to follow #EncryptNews today and @freedomofpress; I'll be tweeting about the event today (and other things besides) from @xeni, embedded below.

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Aaron Swartz day Nov 8, at the Internet Archive and worldwide

Lisa Rein writes, "This year's annual Aaron Swartz Day event is happening Saturday, November 8th at 6pm at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. The reception starts at 6pm, and activities are going on straight through until 10:30 pm." Read the rest

Under subpoena threat, whistleblower site POGO launches leak-anonymizing SecureDrop

Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation says, "We just helped the Project of Government Oversight (POGO) install SecureDrop. As you may have seen, they were just subpoenaed for over 700 whistleblower records related to the Veteran's Affairs scandal, which they have been critical to uncovering." Read the rest

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