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Wired has a look at some tools that the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit headed by Edward Snowden, is putting together to help newsrooms keep themselves and their sources secure.

  • SecureDrop: Using Tor, the system allows for secure uploads of leaked materials — it's how the Washington Post got their hands on Trump's infamous Access Hollywood tape.
  • Sunder: Built with a coder for Signal, it requires passwords from multiple people in order to access encrypted data.
  • iPhone modifications: Snowden helped to build an iPhone case that shows if the phone's location or data is being transmitted without the owner's knowledge.
  • Encrypted video: The team is building a version of Jitsi, the encrypted chat software used by Snowden, for newsrooms to use internally.
  • Snowden to Wired on his goal: "We can't fix the surveil­lance problem overnight, but maybe we can build a shield that will protect anyone who's standing behind it."

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