Strongbox: Investigative Reporting in Digital Age
In May 2013, The New Yorker launched Strongbox a tool that allows users to submit documents and messages to the magazine securely and anonymously. Nicholas Thompson, the magazine's online editor, will discuss Strongbox from both journalistic and technical standpoints—including Aaron Swartz' deep involvement in Strongbox development.
Thompson will also contextualize Strongbox within The New Yorker's tradition of investigative reporting, which includes articles both recent (for instance, "The Apostate," Lawrence Wright's investigation of the Church of Scientology; "Trial By Fire," David Grann's report of a possibly unjust execution in Texas; and "Torture at Abu Ghraib," Seymour Hersh's story that stunned the world in 2005) and historic ( Rachel Carson's groundbreaking "Silent Spring" and "The Investigations of Son My," Seymour Hersh's classic report on the My Lai massacre).
Additional Supporting Materials
- Why did The New Yorker develop Strongbox?
- How was Strongbox developed? How did Aaron Swartz play a crucial role?
- How does Strongbox follow in The New Yorker's tradition of investigative reporting?
- How does Strongbox relate to broader concerns about privacy and security, both generally and for journalism in particular?
- How does Thompson expect Strongbox and similar tools to be used in the future?
- Nicholas Thompson The New Yorker
Rhonda Sherman The New Yorker
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