The article titled Ricochet Uses Power of the Dark Web to Help Journalists, Sources Dodge Metadata Laws on The Age announces the completion of a formal security audit that gives would-be users of the software the go-ahead. Ricochet is secure messaging resource intended to enable whistleblowers and human rights activists to communicate with journalists without fear of being exposed. The article explains,
Phi Beta Iota: There are two problems here. First, there are no serious journalists out there that can get published by mainstream and progressive media — the best ones — John Pilger, Robert Parry, Nafeez Ahmed, Chris Hedges, Matt Taibbi, are either marginalized or pull their punches in order to get published. Second, the social media mandarins are neo-fascists in service to the deep state — censorship and search manipulation are the new new thing for these despicable betrayers of the public trust. What is actually needed is a “hive mind” that cannot be censored in which every person has the rights of anonymity, privacy, information management rights, and security — and access to all information in all languages all the time. Blockchain is certainly a part of the solution, but as Micah Sifry has documented so ably, the Internet is still not serving the public interest.