• Goa 2020
  • Hackathon - Open Source Projects

Hackathon - Open Source Projects

Hackathon Masters:
Micah Lee, Founder and Board Member of Freedom of the Press Foundation | Tor Project Core Contributor.
Kushal Das, Developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation | Part of Tor Project Core Team.

SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that newsrooms and NGOs can use to securely accept documents and messages from anonymous sources. SecureDrop is used at over 65 media organizations worldwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Intercept, ProPublica, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

It was originally created by the late Aaron Swartz and is now developed and maintained by Freedom of the Press Foundation.A 2014 study showed that 20 of the top 25 news organization had, at one time or another, been targeted by state sponsored hackers. Because of this threat, SecureDrop employs an air-gap architecture using Tails OS-based viewing stations to mitigate against the risk of malware or compromise.

Freedom of the Press Foundation is also working on a next-generation version of SecureDrop based on Qubes OS. This project, called the SecureDrop Workstation, employs security features of Qubes to eliminate the physical airgap architecture, instead employing component isolation to allow journalists to access, decrypt, and view submissions all on one physical machine, while preserving the network isolation and secure key management essential to SecureDrop’s security model.

GitHub repository for the SecureDrop whistleblower platform: https://github.com/freedomofpress/securedrop

Qubes-based SecureDrop Journalist Workstation environment for submission handling: https://github.com/freedomofpress/securedrop-workstation

Replated language and technologies: Linux, Python, Ansible, Salt, Qubes, Debian, Tor

The Tor Project has the mission to advance human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies. Based in United States, The Tor Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit since 2006, but has been working with Internet freedom since the mid 1990s. By providing uncensored web, Tor helps millions of people around the world to access information using Tor Browser.

In this hackathon you will have tasks to improve our documentation (tech writer), develop our websites (python and frontend stack) and give feedback on our new tools.

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