However, certain governments are not that keen on whistleblowers. Many of them choose to track them down and to prosecute them. As mass-surveillance and metadata retention programs are recording almost every aspect our digital life, it gets more and more challenging for the information sources to hide their real identities. The damaging impact on our society is that investigative articles could eventually stop being written as whistleblowers will be afraid to speak out.
The situation is not hopeless, though. Journalists can still do certain precautions to protect the identity of their information sources. A sensible combination of cryptography, privacy tools and OPSEC practices could help to keep those stories coming.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Rainbow and Unicorn authored by Gabor. Read the original post at: https://blog.gaborszathmari.me/2016/11/21/help-i-am-an-investigative-journalist-in-2017/