Bill Gates writes about his CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes interview.

The Gates NotesDid you watch the recent CBS-TV 60 Minutes interview with Bill Gates? He’s written about it in an article titled Talking to 60 Minutes on his blog, thegatesnotes.com. It adds fascinating information about his friendship / rivalry with Steve Jobs.

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New Yorker Magazine introduces a way to anonymize sources

News outlets are creating anonymous drop boxes through which sources may communicate with reporters without fear that the source will be revealed. New Yorker StrongboxThe newly created New Yorker Strongbox will protect sources from eavsedropping by Obama’s DOJ — or anyone else. If the source chooses, by using the New Yorker Strongbox, he/she may converse anonymously with a New Yorker reporter via email. It’s designed by Aaron Swartz, similar to github’s Deaddrop.

The New Yorker Strongbox uses Tor (The Onion Router). Tor has become easy to use and in general offers excellent anonymity, if you’re careful. The New Yorker explains,

You will be assigned a randomly generated and unique code name as part of the process. If a writer or editor at The New Yorker wants to contact you about the information you have submitted, he or she will leave a message for you in Strongbox. These messages are the only way we will be able to reach you, and this message can only be accessed using your code name.

The IEEE Spectrum‘s ‘Strongbox’ for Leakers Offers Imperfect Anonymity article claims that “the system’s security still ultimately depends upon the caution of its users”.

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