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AMA about SecureDrop @ localizationlab

TL;DR: Save the date for the SecureDrop Ask Me Anything: April 12th, 2018 5pm UTC in the localizationlab chat. You can register here. Although SecureDrop has been an active member of the localizationlab community for more than six month, we failed to organize an Ask Me Anything. This is our chance to properly thanks localizers who participated in the past relases, welcome new participants, answer concerns and build a stronger relationship.

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SecureDrop Community: horizontal and independent

We’ve never been equipped with better tools to enable multiple organizations or individuals to produce and distribute quality releases and cooperate together. And yet, there hardly are any Free Software project where this happens in a decentralized way. Think about the Linux kernel for instance: a well documented pyramidal and centralized distribution. Or even the Debian GNU/Linux distribution: it is a democracy, which is extremely rare, and has many other distributions derived from it.

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User research evidence in feature requests

The SecureDrop template for feature requests includes a section titled User Research Evidence and we explain what it means from the developer point of view. What is “user research evidence”? By user research evidence we mean any observations or insights obtained via interactions with SecureDrop users that can support or justify the need for your feature request. Interactions with users can happen directly (primary research) and indirectly (secondary research):

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What is the difference with SecureDrop.org?

The SecureDrop Community is a non-incorporated collective of individuals contributing to SecureDrop and the Freedom of the Press Foundation is a registered non-profit with paid staff to develop SecureDrop. The SecureDrop Community and FPF employees work together but are organized differently. In the SecureDrop Community, projects are discussed in public and decision making is based on consensus (or, if someone asks, a vote). All resources used, produced and referenced at SecureDrop.

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SecureDrop receives a 3.5 million USD donation

Hi and Bonjour, We have some bitter-sweet news for the project. Long-time contributors Loïc Dachary and Mike Sheinberg will be leaving the project in May 2018. However, the nature of their departure has allowed them to leave a hefty donation towards the advancement of the SecureDrop project. What began as a bread joke about croissants took an unexpected turn of events. A bakery in Dachary’s neighbourhood is run by a former entrepreneur who had successfull ventures in Tokyo and New York before opening a shop in the brooklyn equivalent of Paris, also known as boboland (land of bourgeois bohème).

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