“Back in 2012,” says Dave Maass, an investigative journalist and media relations coordinator at the Electronic Freedom Foundation, “there hadn’t been a lot of thought about how hackers could help journalists.” But now, he says, these two groups work closely to report on Internet freedom and to protect confidential sources. And it’s changing journalism.
“Part of that is Edward Snowden,” Maass says. Snowden revealed how the government collects telephone metadata, emails, chats and Facebook messages; tracks phone locations; and spies on foreign leaders. The revelations have prompted media outlets to reconsider how they protect their sources.