Tor at the Heart: GlobaLeaks
During the month of December, we're highlighting other organizations and projects that rely on Tor, build on Tor, or are accomplishing their missions better because Tor exists. Check out our blog each day to learn about our fellow travelers. And please support the Tor Project! We're at the heart of Internet freedom. Donate today!
GlobaLeaks is an open source whistleblowing framework that empowers anyone to easily set up and maintain a whistleblowing platform. GlobaLeaks focuses on portability and accessibility and can help many different types of users—media organizations, activist groups, corporations and public agencies—set up their own submission systems. It is a web application running as a Tor Hidden Service that whistleblowers and journalists can use to anonymously exchange information and documents. Started in 2011 by a group of Italians, the project is now developed by the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights.
One of the main goals of GlobaLeaks is to provide a configurable system to meet the needs of under-resourced groups and activists who are communicating in their native languages. By default the platform enforces a strict data deletion policy, encryption of file content on disk, and routing of all network requests through the Tor Network. But configurability allows implementing organizations to make choices about how they engage in the process. The tool makes it easy to choose what languages to use, how long data is stored on the system, and the questions a source must answer before they create a submission.
To date over 60 organizations in more than 20 languages have used GlobaLeaks to set up whistleblowing systems. Investigative journalists are using it to produce evidence in controversial stories, NGOs and public agencies are using it to better handle their communication with sources, and we have even seen businesses adopt the tool to handle internal corruption reporting.
At the end of 2015 Ecuador Transparente, a GlobaLeaks user, uncovered political manipulation by state organizations. MexicoLeaks has produced award winning journalism while fighting local corruption with the help of the software. You can even see how the Elephant Action League uses the software to combat wildlife crime in the documentary The Ivory Game.
NGOs also use GlobaLeaks to manage the communication process with sources. Organizations like Transparency International Italy and Amnesty International rely on the system to provide a communication channel off email and telephone networks. The PubLeaks project in the Netherlands uses it to provide a contact point for over 42 Dutch media groups.
A project that uses GlobaLeaks has even helped provide the justification for improving legal protection for whistleblowers. The Serbian parliament recently passed a legal framework for whistleblower protection. Pijstrka.rs was acknowledged by the prime minister of Serbia at an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade for its exemplary role in protecting Serbians reporting on corruption.
In all of these contexts, it is crucially important for sources to remain anonymous. Without the work of the Tor Project, the existence of the Tor Network and the larger Tor community, none of this work would be possible.
Going forward, the development of the project is focused on making it easier to install and maintain a node and improving the resilience of the platform to attacks. If you would like to get involved, you can help translate the project, hunt for bounty, author new code, or donate to the project.
sorry but i had to bail out and pass out from the long post from this poster...
personally i would be more interested if very short initially and the poster provided an link to the longer message just saying ..
just to let you know i skipped your post as important it maybe to you.. i feel to consider as spam, i turn blind. you lose traction and bore me and many other in split seconds.
short and sweet you will get my and other attention and maybe respect included.
To: bail out and pass out
Your nonsense non-english post (comment) is too long as it is of no-value. If you can not read and will not be bothered by reading why comment at all? Unless torproject.org has been charging for the amount of material you read on the site.
It would be best if you kept such opinions to yourself rather than spamming this medium to undermine someone else's viewpoint, or is it that you totally missed the point of liberating speech through liberated media?
Unless something in this person's post really bothered you, and possibly those you work and operate for. In such case there can be many conclusions drawn about your reaction, and most are hostile to this medium and those that steadily have been supporting it.
I hope by reading my reply you have gotten your money's worth of feedback.
I wasn't too long, was I?
Another very dangerous development is the attack by the Washington Post on independent media outlets, including Truthdig, a progressive news site. The danger is that this type of (verifiably false) hysteria is likely to lead to censorship of the worst type, in which government agencies such as FBI literally shut down independent media sites which publish critical opinion and news stories which embarrass the government. Just like what frequently happens in countries with overtly repressive governments, such as Russia:
Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential
15 Dec 2016
> If you believe the shadowy organization PropOrNot—a subject of a recent article in The Washington Post—I’m a Russian intelligence agent or a “useful idiot.” Maybe a violator of the Espionage Act and the Foreign Agent Registration Act. PropOrNot also thinks I should be investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department.
> It’s not because I have a Russian surname, Boyarsky. It’s because I write for Truthdig, one of more than 200 websites named in a study by PropOrNot, short for Propaganda Or Not. The sites, the study said, were pro-Russian, either intentionally or by being stupid enough to be tools of the Kremlin.
According to WaPo reporter Craig Timberg's notorious story, numerous left-leaning news sites are peddling "fake news", when in fact (in my rather extensive reading experience at Truthdig and some of the other sites Timberg wants the FBI to shut down), they cover genuine issues of public concern that mainstream news does not, such as NORTHCOM training for urban warfare in US cities, including unannounced "live fire" training. The WaPo prefers to ignore the frightful indications of this training, indeed to ignore it's very existence, but many citizens have seen it with their own eyes and know it is happening. And the US military itself has published numerous news releases acknowledging that unannounced "live fire" "training" and low level cyberwar "training" overflights are happening.
Tor is needed more than ever.