・Japan is getting an anonymous whistle blowing platform | Tech in Asia
Whistleblowing.jp will provide an untraceable way for journalists to receive leaked information without fear of compromising a source – of paramount importance since the passage of Japan’s so-called State Secrets Law in December 2013.
Masayuki Hatta, an economics lecturer at Surugadai University and self-proclaimed “rogue researcher and hacker wannabe from Japan,” unveiled the site in December. “We’re actually not like Wikileaks, since the site itself won’t publish any leaks,” Hatta explained at a recent Hacks/Hackers meetup in Tokyo. “We’re more similar to the Dutch website Publeaks. Our goal is to connect whistleblowers and journalists in a safer way.”
Whistleblowing.jp can only be accessed on the Tor network. Tor, short for “the onion router,” was initially conceived by the US Navy’s research laboratory before going open source in 2004. It anonymizes internet browsing by directing traffic through a global network consisting of thousands of volunteer relays. Data, including a user’s IP address, is encrypted as it’s sent through each successive relay. The final relay decrypts the innermost layer of encryption – the middle of the “onion” – and sends the original data through to its final destination without revealing the user’s IP address.