A Public Service

sub-heading:
Whistleblowing, Disclosure and Anonymity

"Vital for anyone who wishes to blow the whistle while reducing their risk of retaliation."

—Micah Lee, director of information security at The Intercept

"Packed with practical nuts-and-bolts guidance."

—Tom Devine, legal director, Government Accountability Project
$18.00
$10.80

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  • 250 pages
  • Paperback ISBN 9781682192221
  • E-book ISBN 9781682192252
  • Publication January 2020

about the bookabout

Governments and corporations now have the tools to track and control us as never before. In this whistleblowing how-to, we are provided with tools and techniques to fight back and hold organizations, agencies, and corporations accountable for unethical behavior.

Can one person successfully defy a globe-spanning corporation or superpower without being discovered? Can a regular citizen, without computer expertise, release information to the media and be sure her identity will be concealed?

At a time we're told we are powerless and without agency in the face of institutions such as Google, Facebook, the NSA, or the FBI, digital security educator Tim Schwartz steps forward with an emphatic "yes". And in fewer than 250 pages of easy-to-understand, tautly written prose, he shows us how. A Public Service can teach any one of us the tricks to securely and anonymously communicate and share information with the media, lawyers, or even the U.S. Congress. This book is an essential weapon in the pervasive battle to confront corruption, sexual harassment, and other ethical and legal violations.

"This timely book is a guide to any would-be whistleblower, any person considering the disclosure of information which exposes wrong doing or harmful behavior. In today's highly surveilled digital world, knowing the safest and most secure way to reveal wrongdoing is critical. Thoroughly and in detail, Tim Schwartz outlines the pros and cons of different methods of exposure. It is the must-have handbook for concerned employees as well as journalists and lawyers working with whistleblowers". - Katharine Gun, former British intelligence worker who revealed illegal U.S. wiretapping of the United Nations Security Council prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq

"A simple guide to a daunting and vital subject. Schwartz has done outstanding work explaining the ethical, personal, technical and legal considerations in blowing the whistle". - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"In today's digital age with the vast amount of information technology available to target disclosures that those in power would prefer remain hidden, this book provides a practical roadmap when making that often life-altering choice of standing up and exposing abuse and misuse of power across all sectors of society". - Thomas Drake, former National Security Agency senior executive and whistleblower

About The Author / Editor

Photo © Mariona Vilarós Tim Schwartz's career focuses on data privacy and digital information as an artist, activist, and technologist. He specializes in teaching techniques for challenging power while protecting one’s identity. Schwartz co-organizes the digital training organization Los Angeles Cryptoparty, a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance. He currently works as a digital strategist at Alley, a digital agency that builds websites and digital systems for the media, nonprofits, and others. After developing technology to reunite missing people affected by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, he began organizing the Missing Persons Community of Interest, which develops technology for reunifying families after disasters. He lives in Los Angeles.

Read An Excerpt

Protecting your identity is the priority, and anonymity is the key to success.

Anonymity is only possible when you can see yourself as the world does - as the world sees your identity - then figure out how to disguise it.

As someone ready to challenge power, you may have thought the information you want to expose is the most important thing you have to protect. Wrong. Your identity must be protected above all else. If you don't protect it, you will be compromised. That can prevent you from exposing the information.

Your identity isn't defined by simply your name, birth date, Social Security number, or any other basic piece of information. Your identity is also not limited to how you identify internally, or in terms of race or gender - it includes how you express yourself in the world, as well as how you are seen by governments, corporations, your social network, and even your family.

Data tracking and logging has evolved exponentially in the last few decades, and your identity is now bundled up in numerous systems that are hard to even conceptualize. Your identity now comprises a virtually infinite number of data points, including the products and services you use, who you communicate with, who your connections communicate with, what you do online, and where you physically go.

You are your habits.

in the media

A Public Service

sub-heading:
Whistleblowing, Disclosure and Anonymity

"Vital for anyone who wishes to blow the whistle while reducing their risk of retaliation."

—Micah Lee, director of information security at The Intercept

"Packed with practical nuts-and-bolts guidance."

—Tom Devine, legal director, Government Accountability Project
$18.00
$10.80

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about the bookabout

Governments and corporations now have the tools to track and control us as never before. In this whistleblowing how-to, we are provided with tools and techniques to fight back and hold organizations, agencies, and corporations accountable for unethical behavior.

Can one person successfully defy a globe-spanning corporation or superpower without being discovered? Can a regular citizen, without computer expertise, release information to the media and be sure her identity will be concealed?

At a time we're told we are powerless and without agency in the face of institutions such as Google, Facebook, the NSA, or the FBI, digital security educator Tim Schwartz steps forward with an emphatic "yes". And in fewer than 250 pages of easy-to-understand, tautly written prose, he shows us how. A Public Service can teach any one of us the tricks to securely and anonymously communicate and share information with the media, lawyers, or even the U.S. Congress. This book is an essential weapon in the pervasive battle to confront corruption, sexual harassment, and other ethical and legal violations.

"This timely book is a guide to any would-be whistleblower, any person considering the disclosure of information which exposes wrong doing or harmful behavior. In today's highly surveilled digital world, knowing the safest and most secure way to reveal wrongdoing is critical. Thoroughly and in detail, Tim Schwartz outlines the pros and cons of different methods of exposure. It is the must-have handbook for concerned employees as well as journalists and lawyers working with whistleblowers". - Katharine Gun, former British intelligence worker who revealed illegal U.S. wiretapping of the United Nations Security Council prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq

"A simple guide to a daunting and vital subject. Schwartz has done outstanding work explaining the ethical, personal, technical and legal considerations in blowing the whistle". - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"In today's digital age with the vast amount of information technology available to target disclosures that those in power would prefer remain hidden, this book provides a practical roadmap when making that often life-altering choice of standing up and exposing abuse and misuse of power across all sectors of society". - Thomas Drake, former National Security Agency senior executive and whistleblower

About The Author / Editor

Photo © Mariona Vilarós Tim Schwartz's career focuses on data privacy and digital information as an artist, activist, and technologist. He specializes in teaching techniques for challenging power while protecting one’s identity. Schwartz co-organizes the digital training organization Los Angeles Cryptoparty, a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance. He currently works as a digital strategist at Alley, a digital agency that builds websites and digital systems for the media, nonprofits, and others. After developing technology to reunite missing people affected by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, he began organizing the Missing Persons Community of Interest, which develops technology for reunifying families after disasters. He lives in Los Angeles.

Read An Excerpt

Protecting your identity is the priority, and anonymity is the key to success.

Anonymity is only possible when you can see yourself as the world does - as the world sees your identity - then figure out how to disguise it.

As someone ready to challenge power, you may have thought the information you want to expose is the most important thing you have to protect. Wrong. Your identity must be protected above all else. If you don't protect it, you will be compromised. That can prevent you from exposing the information.

Your identity isn't defined by simply your name, birth date, Social Security number, or any other basic piece of information. Your identity is also not limited to how you identify internally, or in terms of race or gender - it includes how you express yourself in the world, as well as how you are seen by governments, corporations, your social network, and even your family.

Data tracking and logging has evolved exponentially in the last few decades, and your identity is now bundled up in numerous systems that are hard to even conceptualize. Your identity now comprises a virtually infinite number of data points, including the products and services you use, who you communicate with, who your connections communicate with, what you do online, and where you physically go.

You are your habits.

in the media