The Freedom of the Press Foundation’s          SecureDrop

A San Francisco SecureDrop hackathon is going on Saturday November 5th (10-6) and Sunday November 6th (11-5).

It will be led by SecureDrop developers Jen Helsby and Noah Vesely, and they will be on hand to answer any questions.

If you’d like to prepare early to work on SecureDrop at the hackathon, you can review the SecureDrop Github page and open issues by going here.

More basic info about SecureDrop:

The impetus behind SecureDrop is that we (FPF) want to restore the balance between governments and journalists who want to communicate with anonymous sources. 

Historically, the U.S. has had really strong press freedoms. This is essential for a functioning democracy.” – Garrett Robinson, Lead Developer, SecureDrop.

SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation and originally created by Kevin Poulsen and Aaron Swartz. (They finished their prototype just about a month before Aaron’s death.)

The goal of SecureDrop is to help media organizations simplify the process of securely accepting documents from anonymous sources. Organizations set up a SecureDrop server that sources can access over the Tor anonymity network to protect the identity of the whistleblower. Documents and messages are stored encrypted on the SecureDrop server and are decrypted and read by journalists at an airgapped secure viewing station. Over 20 organizations including The Guardian, AP, The Intercept, and the Washington Post are now running SecureDrop servers to communicate securely with sources.

SecureDrop Resources:

Main page:

Project page on Github:

Form to fill out to request help with SecureDrop:

SecureDrop Development List:

SecureDrop FAQ:

SecureDrop User Manual:


November 5-6, 2016