In early August Luther Lowe (SVP, Government Relations at Yelp) chatted with Trevor Timm, the co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press. The Freedom of the Press Foundation has been a Yelp Foundation grantee since 2019.
Luther and Trevor discussed the basics of press freedom, as well as technological advancements that will help us secure this right for generations to come. One of these technologies is SecureDrop, an open source whistleblower submission system that media organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources.
While secure communication systems are a must for journalists, Trevor also talked about how everyone else can be more vigilant when it comes to communicating with friends and family. One option he suggested is switching to a secure messaging system, like Signal, a cross-platform centralized encrypted instant messaging service developed by the nonprofit Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC. Users can send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos securely.
More About Trevor Timm: Trevor Timm is a journalist, activist, and legal analyst whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, The Atlantic, and The Intercept. Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.