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

Jon Callas jon at callas.org
Thu Apr 4 14:43:12 EDT 2013

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On Apr 4, 2013, at 6:27 AM, ianG <iang at iang.org> wrote:

> 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."
> http://www.icij.org/offshore/how-icijs-project-team-analyzed-offshore-files


This is great. It just drives home that usability is all.


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