[cryptography] ICIJ's project - comment on cryptography & tools

ianG iang at iang.org
Thu Apr 4 09:27:48 EDT 2013

In a project similar to Wikileaks, ICIJ comments on tools it used to 
secure its team-based project work:

          "ICIJ’s team of 86 investigative journalists from 46 countries 
represents one of the biggest cross-border investigative partnerships in 
journalism history. Unique digital systems supported private document 
and information sharing, as well as collaborative research. These 
included a message center hosted in Europe and a U.S.-based secure 
online search system.  Team members also used a secure, private online 
bulletin board system to share stories and tips."

          "The project team’s attempts to use encrypted e-mail systems 
such as PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”) were abandoned because of complexity 
and unreliability that slowed down information sharing. Studies have 
shown that police and government agents – and even terrorists – also 
struggle to use secure e-mail systems effectively.  Other complex 
cryptographic systems popular with computer hackers were not considered 
for the same reasons.  While many team members had sophisticated 
computer knowledge and could use such tools well, many more did not."


hattip to Lynn Wheeler's lynn'o'gram.  iang.

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