It’s “the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site
that runs as a ‘hidden service’ on the Tor network, the anonymity
system that powers the thousands of untraceable websites that are
sometimes known as the darknet or dark web. “
On Wednesday, ProPublica became the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site that runs as a “hidden service” on the Tor network. Facebook launched its own dark web version in 2014. You can set up your own site if you wish.
According to wired.com, ProPublica first began considering launching a hidden service last year when the news site was working on a report about Chinese online censorship and wanted to make sure the reporting was itself safe to visit for Chinese readers. Like other news sites, ProPublica also accepts
anonymous tips and leaks through its SecureDrop server, another Tor hidden service.
The move, ProPublica says, is designed to offer the best possible privacy protections for its visitors seeking to read the site’s news with their anonymity fully intact. TNW news: “ProPublica is a standalone non-profit newsroom that prizes itself on producing independent investigative journalism that’s in the public interest, so it will be interesting to see if it can take this mission further under the cover of the Dark Web.”
Unlike mere SSL encryption, which hides the content of the site a web visitor is accessing, the Tor hidden service would ensure that even the fact that the reader visited ProPublica’s website would be hidden from an eavesdropper or Internet service provider.” (Wired)