SecureDrop Workstation: Handling unsafe documents safely

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SecureDrop is a whistleblowing platform originally created in 2012 for journalists to accept leaked documents safely from anonymous sources. It's used by dozens of news organizations including The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times. This talk (at LibrePlanet 2021) introduces the SecureDrop Workstation, the next-generation platform aimed at helping journalists communicate with sources in a high-security environment.

Original story by LibrePlanet 2021 and the Free Software Foundation. Published 2021-03-21, Originally published 2021-03-21.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.


Video Copyright Conor Schaefer / Free Software Foundation. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

Based on Qubes OS, the SecureDrop Workstation leverages Xen hypervisor isolation to manage sensitive source material safely, including viewing, archiving, and processing documents. The talk will review the results of the recent security audit focusing on the Workstation, and outline future directions for the project as it approaches general availability.

"Conor Schaefer is the Chief Technology Officer at Freedom of the Press Foundation, overseeing development of SecureDrop and other engineering projects. He has strong opinions on privacy, free speech, and science fiction."

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