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