The New Yorker: Accepting Secrets Since 1925

on Wednesday, May. 15th

Secrets make the world go 'round. Uncovering those secrets is the lifeblood of intelligence services and journalists alike.

As Amy Davidson points out in the announcement of The New Yorker's new digital dead drop, the magazine has been accepting leaks from whistleblowers since the first issue in 1925.

This morning, The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen. Kevin explains some of the background in his own post, including Swartz’s role and his survivors’ feelings about the project. (They approve, something that was important for us here to know.) The underlying code, given the name DeadDrop, will be open-source, and we are very glad to be the first to bring it out into the world, fully implemented.

Follow the link above for the full infographic of how Strongbox works.

Later this month a documentary on the mother of a dead drops, WikiLeaks, will go into limited release. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks will look at that site and it's scandals.

The world is open, if we want it.

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