Why SecureDrop Matters

With SecureDrop systems installed in a handful of prominent newsrooms, it is worth taking a critical look at whether—and if so, why—such a tool is needed. After all, the system is difficult, time consuming, and highly technical. Many news organizations may not have a staff member capable of using it, nor the resources to hire someone.

This section will outline the principle security concerns for journalists, the answers that SecureDrop provides, and the general framework in which those capacities will be interpreted in later chapters.