[tor-talk] Tor as a sort of "library/dependancy" for third party software

Joe Btfsplk joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Wed Sep 28 23:19:02 UTC 2011

On 9/28/2011 8:35 AM, Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) wrote:
> Hi all,
> at GlobaLeaks (http://globaleaks.org) we are discussing whenever to plan
> for a GlobaLeaks Desktop application that would allow secure and
> anonymous whistleblowing submission without using a 'web interface'.
> In such context we would like to provide something *really easy* and
> that means bundling everything into a single, portable, digitally signed
> .exe .
> To do that we would need to bundle Tor binaries/configuration along with
> GlobaLeaks application.
> Are there other third party application bundling Tor together that we
> can look at?
> Which would the best/right way to do it?
> -naif
> p.s. The alternative to provide the same degree of security/usability is
> to use a Java Applet with file upload+file encryption+silvertunnel as a
> Tor Client layer.
I'm curious (& forgive my ignorance), but what kind / situation of 
whistle blower do you mean that would use this application?
One kind of whistle blower would HAVE  to make their identity known 
(like some corporate settings), unless they were reporting it to 
entities outside the corp (media).
If reporting to outside entities, can't you just write an anonymous 
letter?  If really paranoid, wear gloves while doing it.

And perhaps it's to report some gov't misconduct.  If reporting TO a 
gov't, write letter, wad paper, throw in trash & save a stamp.  If 
reporting to some media they probably don't care if it's this type 
communication, anonymous email or anonymous letter / phone call.
I probably have missed the target audience for this type app, where 
nothing that already exists would be as good, & that's why I asked.


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