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Using Technology to Protect Anonymous Sources?

RCulpepper Re:Personally I don't see how this is possible (450 comments)

No technological countermeasures are going to keep a source's identity from being known to the reporter himself, and for that reporter a refusal to testify could be damning. It wouldn't be difficult, however, to set up a system to circumvent court orders to turn over documents or files.

A previous poster mentioned serving the data from offshore. This is a good start, but there's nothing to stop a court from ordering you to access the data and turn it over. Better would be for the EFF, perhaps, and a consortium of newspapers to hire an attorney to watch over the data and give him discretion to withhold it from the owners of the data. Having an explicit agreement to turn over the data could be construed, perhaps, as obstructing justice before the fact (which would be an interesting case to try), but trusting the host's judgement with a wink and a nod could solve a lot of issues. As long as you have control over the data, it's your ass on the line. As soon as you relinquish it, it's somebody else's problem. And if that somebody else is out of the jurisdiction, it's nobody's problem.

about 9 years ago

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Set up a proxy server for Iranian citizens

RCulpepper RCulpepper writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RCulpepper (99864) writes "Austin Heap describes how to set up a proxy server for users with Iranian IP addresses. The Iranian government has blocked SMS and most cell phone service in the country, and filtered or DoS'd sites the protesters use to organize and communicate. Scores of protesters have been beaten and some, including students, have been shot and killed. This is an opportunity to give the Iranian people more than our best wishes."
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Was this arrest video edited?

RCulpepper RCulpepper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RCulpepper (99864) writes "This video is YouTube's most-viewed for the week. It shows a Hot Springs, Arkansas police officer arresting six teenagers for skateboarding, with a degree of force that appears excessive for the crime committed (the officer, among other things, puts a 16 year old girl in a headlock). The uncut record of the incident is split into two videos here and here. The city paper is circling the wagons and holding out the possibility that these videos have themselves been edited interstitially and that the girl had jumped on the police officer's back before he put her in a headlock. This seems implausible to me, but I'm not an expert. Unless the protectors of the town's image accept that the video is a true record, the officer's likely to get off scot free. What do you think, Slashdot?"

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