I'm fascinated by the life of Aaron Swartz and the work he was able to complete before in tragic suicide earlier this year. Today The New Yorker launched a new service called 'Strongbox' that allows anyone to provide documents to the newspaper in a completely anonymous and untraceable fashion
In truth it is such a shame that such a service is needed, especially with President Obama's hostility towards whisteblowers and a number of news organisations. Aaron was one of the good guys, a great loss for so many online and off.
"Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box. His achievements were real and varied, but the events that would come to define him to the public were still in his future: his federal criminal indictment; his leadership organizing against the censorious Stop Online Piracy Act; his suicide in a Brooklyn apartment. I knew him as a programmer and an activist, a member of a fairly small tribe with the skills to turn ideas into code—another word for action—and the sensibility to understand instantly what I was looking for: a slightly safer way for journalists and their anonymous sources to communicate."
It's heartening to see modern digital technologies being used to preserve and protect free access to information and accountability. I desperately hope it proves to be a success, if for nothing else than a fitting memorial to an extraordinary human