Encryption works: a look at Tor and SecureDrop presented at Converge 2014

by Runa a. Sandvik,

Summary : Over the past year, reporters have written countless stories about how the NSA tried to break Tor, how the software is no longer “PRISM-proof”, and how using it may be more of a red flag than anything else. This talk will discuss ways in which Tor is still a powerful tool, even though it may not necessarily be able to protect users against a global adversary such as the NSA. We will look at a set of practical tips for ensuring that Tor really does work, as well as talk about SecureDrop, an open-source whistleblower submission system that uses Tor to facilitate communications between journalists and their sources.