The New Yorker has introduced a new file sharing tool, Strongbox. Created by Aaron Swartz before his death in January, the tool provides layers of anonymity to allow anonymous submission of documents and data to The New Yorker reporters. The layers of security involve multiple laptops, VPN connections, thumb drives, and PGP encryption.
In essence this is a chance for the magazine to continue to receive information from anonymous sources, and to protect those sources, even in our less-than-private world. The New Yorker says “in one sense, it’s just an extension of the mailing address we printed in small type on the inside cover of the first issue of the magazine, in 1925.” Unless a source chooses to identify himself, he will only be known by a codename. According the The New Yorker, even its own staff will not know the true identity of those submitting content.
Read more about the introduction of Strongbox, and check out the graphic below, produced by The New Yorker, that roughly breaks down how the system works: