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Strongbox and Aaron Swartz

Added on by Tom Cramond.

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

Aaron Sorkin: Heros without capes or disguises

Added on by Tom Cramond.

Writer Aaron Sorkin on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross talking about his new show ‘The Newsroom’ and his writing process in general.

“I like writing idealistically and romantically, and if you can do that in a place that’s usually looked at cynically — the way journalism is now — you can get something fun out of it.”

It’s a fascinating interview, and having never heard Sorkin speak before I was really quite taken with his philosophy and approach to his work. I loved the West Wing, and I want to love The Newsroom, but it’s just not pushing all the buttons at this stage. Don’t get me wrong - I’m enjoying it, but it does leave a slightly funny taste in my mouth… The music especially is WAY over the top, but hey do make an effort to check it out and make up your own mind.