A Wikileaks For The Mob

It’s called MafiaLeaks, naturally:

Despite the inevitable comparisons to WikiLeaks, the framework of the site is based on the open source project GlobaLeaks, and bears similarity to the New Yorker’s Strongbox project, as well as the late Aaron Swartz’s SecureDrop. All three emphasize the anonymity of the whistleblower: not even the recipients of the information know their identity, nor can they ever find it out. Once submitted to MafiaLeaks, the data remains on their server for 20 days, encrypted with a key which is only visible to the whistleblower and their chosen confidant. … The time, more than two weeks and less than a month, was chosen because repeat visits to an internet café could become suspicious.

Meghan Neal asks:

What if a hacker manages to exploit some security hole and trace your message back to your real identity? You’re probably getting murdered. This risk isn’t lost on the project’s founders – who obviously wish remain anonymous themselves. They write on the website’s FAQ: “We are not asking you to trust MafiaLeaks. Indeed, please do not trust MafiaLeaks! Send your information anonymously, do not leave your name, do not leave anything in the data that can be traced back to your person.”

Joe Kloc sizes up the site:

In many ways, [MafiaLeaks] presents a less controversial application of the WikiLeaks model than revealing state secrets.

Using the anonymity provided by encryption may prove an effective way to combat crime while protecting the identities of those fearing reprisal. However, the comparison between WikiLeaks and MafiaLeaks isn’t perfect. In the former’s case, there is relatively little incentive for governments to leak falsely incriminating evidence. With MafiaLeaks, there’s a considerably higher risk that the platform’s anonymity will allow it to be manipulated and exploited by organized crime family members. Further, WikiLeaks accepts primary government documents that can be verified. It isn’t entirely clear how  the leaked information on MafiaLeaks will be authenticated, or whether it will be admissible in court

But documents aren’t everything:

Lirio Abbate, an Italian journalist who has reported on Mafia for years, warns that it will be hard to obtain documents since Mafia organizations don’t issue meeting minutes or receipts for murder hits. But the site could find success if it can gather video or audio evidence. “That would be devastating, that would create an enormous anti-Mafia revolution,” Abbate told Mashable.