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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)

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Kaavya Viswanathan was a Harvard sophomore who was featured in the New York Times for her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, and then again when it was discovered that she plagiarized portions of the novel from two books by Megan McCafferty. Viswanathan apologized, saying that she was a “huge fan” of the books when she was in high school and that she “wasn’t aware of how much [she] may have internalized Ms. McCafferty’s words.”

Martinelli’s list of free plagiarism checkers has been one of IJNet’s most popular articles across all languages. It’s clear readers want to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism, so they’ve updated the post with four of the best free online plagiarism checkers available to anyone, revised for 2015!

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…ask John Cantlie.

Many of my colleagues and contemporaries all over the globe increasingly find themselves in dangerous situations. Here in the United States, people were horrified when a reporter and her cameraman were murdered on live television. But there are more of us who risk our lives on a daily basis. It’s hard to accept that something as simple as participating in a children’s event at a shopping mall or interviewing a chamber of commerce leader could potentially end in death.

On September 10, 25-year-old broadcast journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas was shot to death in southwest Colombia. Her bio descrfibes her as “a passionate woman of the media” who enjoyed spreading information over the air and online.

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Back in December I thought that my years of reporting about the ongoing fracking debate in New York State had ended with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision that hydraulic fracturing and the Empire State did not make a good fit.

Fast forward to this week, and like the proverbial phoenix, the pro v con battle is back in the headlines. Back in my headlines! I wonder if it will last for very long this time, or if this latest development merely constitutes “aftershock.” Stay tuned.

 

I have been informed that as of today, I’ve been on twitter for eight years. Time flies, as does the twitter bird.

You can follow me on Weibo. I’m also on Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, WeChat and SnapChat. Google and ye might find. If you’re lucky…

 

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