Tech innovator Aaron Swartz’s last project finds new life

BY newsdesk  October 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM EDT

Prior to his suicide in January, technology maven Aaron Swartz had been working with Wired’s Kevin Poulsen on an open-source platform that would allow whistleblowers to anonymously submit documents to news organizations.

Poulsen has managed the DeadDrop project since it went public six months ago. Tuesday, the Freedom of the Press Foundation announced the it would take over the the platform and rename it SecureDrop. “This system is the strongest ever made available to media outlets. Several major news agencies have already signed up for installations, and they will be announced in the coming weeks,” Freedom of the Press Foundation said.

Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden to reveal the details of the NSA’s domestic spying, sent out a tweet saying he was “really proud of this great new journalistic anonymity tool.”

H/T Colleen Shalby