We’re pleased to share that the Knight Foundation has selected Gliph’s Secure Communication Tools for Investigative Journalists project as a semi-finalist in News Challenge: Mobile.
Gliph’s proposal is to build a mobile app for secure communication between journalists and their sources. The project lets investigative journalists easily exchange cryptography keys with someone during an in-person meeting, then protect continued text communication using client-side encryption.
You can read additional details of the proposal on Knight’s website.
The benefit of this project is increased trust between journalists and sources. It gives them a simple and secure way to share sensitive information discretely. The reason this would be awesome for journalists is that the higher-security communications and in-person key exchange would be reinforced by Gliph’s award-winning PIN-based app access and LockDown Privacy Protection. Sources can, if necessary, masque their identities thanks to Gliph’s symbol-based pseudonym usernames and articulated privacy settings.
Our team seeks to offer all of our users client-side cryptography and is excited about the potential for accelerating its release in Gliph’s roadmap.
Gliph’s project proposal was among the top 50 of over 500 proposals submitted to the challenge. We’d like to thank the Knight Foundation for considering our project, and its efforts to improve the state of mobile technology for the media. Here are a few other semi-finalists we think Gliph users might also be interested in:
- Escape Velocity: P2P Distributed Publishing by Dan Schultz
- Is this for real? Validating and Authenticating Mobile Media by Guardian Project
- mActivist-in-a-Box: Distributed, Secure, Bottom-Up Mobile Data Collection by Chris Spence
The Knight News Challenge was created to speed up innovation by providing financial and PR resources to the best ideas in news and information. The goal of the Knight Foundation is to “support transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.”