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October 16, 2017, 05:37:15 PM
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Today Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car.
Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island of Malta.

This is only the most recent case of a journalist being killed by people afraid of being exposed.

Just as an idea I would like to propose a blockchain based solution for investigative journalists. Something working a bit similar to dropbox or google drive.
Investigative Journalists can upload their memos and documentation on the blockchain if they feel threatened. If a journalist dies due to unnatural causes the work should be made public.

I believe the best solution would be some form of a donation based DAO. Nevertheless, it would be amazing to brainstorm collectively. The whole project should be completely open source. I could contribute Design and Frontend.


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October 17, 2017, 08:41:05 PM
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https://geens.com/ could be used for this.

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Private document storage is the backbone of the Geens platform. It can be compared to Dropbox or Google Drive, but Geens has a higher level of privacy.

Because of the end-to-end encryption, the unencrypted data never leaves the user's device. It is first encrypted on the user's side and only then is sent to the Geens servers.

High security standards guarantee that even in the worst case scenario, there are practically no chances to decrypt and steal Geens user's data. More about this in our FAQ.

Geens is user friendly, intuitive and simple. Using the floating cards interface, users can work with their documents directly on Geens. They can also securely share files.

Geens is GDPR compliant.

Blockchain timestamping services

Geens encrypted document storage is connected to the Ethereum blockchain. The blockchain as a technology is immutable and incorruptible.

Geens users can timestamp their documents on the blockchain without revealing their document's content or their own identities.

Typical use cases of document timestamping: to
protect copyrights, unique ideas or patents, to prove that the document was signed prior to a specific date, to acknowledge ownership, for virtual IDs and so on. Blockchain timestamps can be used as legal evidences in courts around the globe.

Some Geens users timestamp their files while other users work as legal assistants, consultants or validators and receive GEE tokens in return for their services.
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October 17, 2017, 09:12:19 PM
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Today Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car.
Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island of Malta.

This is only the most recent case of a journalist being killed by people afraid of being exposed.

a very sad story, imagine the family what it must be feeling, many people with power and money think they own the world, think that they have become "gods" that can kill and arrest anyone who disrupts their malevolent plans, in my country is so, who denounces corruption is barbarously murdered by cold killers.

" Investigative Journalists can upload their memos and documentation on the blockchain if they feel threatened. If a journalist dies due to unnatural causes the work should be made public "

even if there is a way to publish evidence gathered by journalists, who will punish these powerful people?

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October 17, 2017, 10:00:43 PM
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One of the best idea seen in this forum. Blockchain based investigative journalism is okay for the privacy of journalism, but in today's world as journalism is a multi billion dollar business actually, the journalist will look for their due credits which is not possible for being anonymous. However, if the journalist is doing it for a cause and does not care for any credits, then its definitely a good idea. Also it will open the doors for common people to expose many unanimously.
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October 18, 2017, 01:23:13 AM
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This is a good idea as there are so many killings nowadays whose justice cannot be served well because of lack of evidence. If this will be implemented, it would be a big help for journalists who are risking their lives for the people to know the truth. There are so many fake news nowadays may it be in social media or mainstream television and it's hard to know what is the truth so if people have access to first hand information then it can help solve the crimes or at least save the journalists from being abused or killed because their enemies might be afraid of the exposure they will get if they do something to people who are against them.

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October 18, 2017, 05:21:00 AM
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https://geens.com/ could be used for this.

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Private document storage is the backbone of the Geens platform. It can be compared to Dropbox or Google Drive, but Geens has a higher level of privacy.

Because of the end-to-end encryption, the unencrypted data never leaves the user's device. It is first encrypted on the user's side and only then is sent to the Geens servers.

High security standards guarantee that even in the worst case scenario, there are practically no chances to decrypt and steal Geens user's data. More about this in our FAQ.

Geens is user friendly, intuitive and simple. Using the floating cards interface, users can work with their documents directly on Geens. They can also securely share files.

Geens is GDPR compliant.

Blockchain timestamping services

Geens encrypted document storage is connected to the Ethereum blockchain. The blockchain as a technology is immutable and incorruptible.

Geens users can timestamp their documents on the blockchain without revealing their document's content or their own identities.

Typical use cases of document timestamping: to
protect copyrights, unique ideas or patents, to prove that the document was signed prior to a specific date, to acknowledge ownership, for virtual IDs and so on. Blockchain timestamps can be used as legal evidences in courts around the globe.

Some Geens users timestamp their files while other users work as legal assistants, consultants or validators and receive GEE tokens in return for their services.

I have quickly read their homepage.
They talk about "Geen servers" where your encrypted docs would be uploaded.

Well.. if the docs are going to be Wikileaks style, those centralized servers are easily going to be seized by the big guys..

That makes Geen useless for real journalism purposes
True decentralization is the minimum requirement here
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