StrongBox vs. the cops

Two items that perhaps should be linked: (1) US Government secretly spies on reporters, and (2) “StrongBox”: a safe way for whistleblowers to contact the press.

Read on: (1) the US Justice Department secretly listened in on thousands of phone calls from AP reporters, attempting to trace their contacts. Link.

And (2): Aaron Swartz, a programmer who was given a crushing federal criminal indictment and who subsequently committed suicide in a Brooklyn apartment, developed a safer way for journalists and their anonymous sources to communicate without being traced by anyone. The resulting Open Source code (anyone can use it) is now operational at the «New Yorker». Link.

Photo: l to r: Kevin Poulsen, Aaron Schwartz, courtesy The New Yorker.