About

The Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of the human rights by promoting transparency, freedom of information, freedom of speech, whistle-blowing and investigative journalism on a local and international level.

The AWP provides local organizations, journalists, individuals and media with:


- Technical solutions for building their own websites and open source whistle-blowing frameworks.

- Support for the development of contacts by acting as a network for connecting journalists, activists and organizations around the world.

- Active promotion of freedom of information and freedom of speech as basic rights on an international and local context.

- Consultancy and know-how in the development of projects related to whistle-blowing and free speech.

Network

The AWP is conceived as a network made up of local platforms which deal with the struggles and concerns of specific cultural contexts. Therefore, even though the project has a global focus, it has to respect and account for local diversity in a "from the roots upwards" model. Each platform allows local citizens to send information proving abuse or corruption in a safe and anonymous way. Through these nodes, contacts in local media outlets will be made in order to coordinate the submission, analysis and publishing of leaked information.

Our model aims to provide local actors with the possibility of denouncing wrongdoing within their communities, bringing problems to the public and empowering citizens, local media and authorities to take action against corruption and abuse. In the long run we hope to restore journalism as an active force in building a fair and transparent society. Transparency is essential for any healthy society: the right to know the truth should always be recognized and respected.

Our aim is to promote cooperation and interaction between different local whistle-blowing initiatives in a decentralized way: if you are already working in a similar project in your country or region, or if you would like to start one please contact us.

Current platforms:

Iceland

International


Announcements

AWP's official news and releases.

  • Filtrala.org | (23/04/2014)  AWP opens new local platform for Spain: Filtrala.org
    BRUSSELS, April 23th 2014

    On April the 23rd 2014, the Associated Whistle-Blowing Press (AWP) officially launched, 'Fíltrala', its second local whistleblowing platform. The website is aimed towards the Spanish public, and the name of the project literally means "leak it". It is launched in collaboration with four media organizations - La Marea, eldiario.es, Diagonal, Mongolia - along with the Comisión Anticorrupcíon de la Red Ciudadana Partido X.
    One of the leading people behind Fíltrala is Hervé Falciani, member of Partido X, who after leaving his job at the swiss version of HSBC in 2009, began colaborating with the justice department of various countries thanks to his information of around 130,000 tax evaders.
    This platform, like the AWP’s other local nodes, uses software developed by GlobaLeaks a self described open-source whistleblowing framework for sending and receiving files safely. In order to guarantee the identity of the source the platform works together with the Tor browser.
    Even though the AWP is conceived as a network made up of local whistle-blowing platforms which deal with the struggles and concerns of specific social contexts, it wishes to allow anyone, anywhere, to raise their voice and help bring important information to the public.
    As the country faces one of it the worse economic, political and moral crisis in its history, with corruption cases appearing in the news on a daily basis, the independent press, as well as international experts, have warned about the severe regression in Spanish democracy. By opening this platform, we would like to offer the Spanish public with a mechanism to fight back against corruption and abuse, with the hope that it will bring about justice and a much needed social regeneration.
    We would like to remind users that the AWP only accepts and publishes restricted or censored material of political, scientific, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. Rumor, opinion, stories and other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere will not be considered for obvious reasons.
    More info: filtrala.org - @Filtrala
    - Editors


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  • Ljost.is | (30/12/2013)  Fréttatilkynning frá Ljost.is
    BRUSSELS, December 31th 2013

    Í kjölfar umræðu um leka og birtingu gagna er tengjast Glitni viljum við koma eftirfarandi á framfæri. Á bak við ljost.is erum við tveir, Pedro Noel og Santiago Carrion. Markmið okkar er að færa Íslandi öruggt verkfæri fyrir uppljóstrara til að miðla gögnum er eiga erindi til almennings, í anda WikiLeaks, um það sem varðar íslenskt samfélag. Við höfum komið nokkrum sinnum til Íslands til að finna samstarfsaðila til að greina þau gögn sem gætu borist vefnum ljost.is. Það gekk heldur treglega. Loks fundum við virtan blaðamann til að fara yfir gögn sem bárust vefnum frá Glitni og ákváðum því að birta gögnin.
    Því miður var meinleg villa í samantekt okkar á gögnunum og viljum við biðja fjármálaráðherra Íslands velvirðingar á því. En við leggjum áherslu á að við birtum raungögnin til að reyndir blaðamenn sem kunna að rýna í gögn af þessu tagi geti metið hvort að í þeim sé að finna eitthvað fréttnæmt.
    Kerfið er hannað til að vernda þá sem leka gögnum til okkar. Við getum ekki séð hver sendir okkur gögnin, en gerum samt alltaf nauðsynlegar meta data hreinsanir á skjölum áður en þeim er dreift. Greining hjá Páli Hilmarssyni á gogn.in er byggð á misskiling og vanþekkingu á verkferlum okkar. En meintur skjalahöfundur er ekki heimildarmaður heldur nafn sem við settum sjálfir í skjalið.
    Aðgengi að frumgögnum gefur blaðamönnum og fræðimönnum tækifæri til að fá í hendurnar upplýsingar sem ekki var áður hægt að sannreyna. Það er afar mikilvægur liður í að búa í upplýstara og heilbrigðara samfélagi.
    Mikilvægi glitni gagnanna er að þau staðfesta ýmsar sögur sem hafa verið í gangi. Þetta er að mörgu leiti sambærilegt því sem gerðist í kringum gögnin frá Bradley Manning sem innihéldu efni sem allir sögðust vita en enginn gat fengið staðfest fyrr en þau birtust svart á hvítu á vef WikiLeaks.
    Við viljum hvetja alla íslendinga sem vita af spillingu að standa með gildum sínum og senda okkur viðkomandi gögn, og hverjum alla blaðamenn og 'gagnaserfræðinga' sem hafa áhuga á að greina frumgögn að setja sig í samband við okkur. Leiðbeiningar um hvernig er best að vera með er hægt að finna á vefnum ljost.is. Þá viljum við þakka fyrir öll gögnin sem hafa borist okkur síðan glitnir gögnin fóru í loftið.
    Talsmaður okkar á Íslandi er Guðmundur Ragnar Guðmundsson. [email protected], 843 9553
    - Editors


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  • Ljost.is | (30/12/2013)  #GlitnirFiles: New file made public and 'finance minister issue'
    BRUSSELS, December 30th 2013

    A much deeper investigation must be carried out on the #GlitnirFiles - Records of the Icelandic 2008 economic collapse. We hope local journalists, authorities and public, well informed of Icelandic scenario, can carry this out. What we can say is that the materials we received regarding Glitnir Bank are in general very accurate and abundant in details - some of them verified by us with sources mentioned in the files. It is important to take into account that a considerable amount of information was also redacted(hidden) by Ljost.is, so they would not compromise not involved third-parties or relevant private details of those involved.
    There was indeed a misunderstood regarding "Loans.pdf", in which share objects were actually considered as Icelandic kronors in one of the sections of file 'Loans.zip'. Thanks to those journalists who performed analysis on the files and detected the issue. Ljost.is started to publish #GlitnirFiles carrying this very aim: people should be able to research and interpret their own history freely.
    Even so, we still feature current minister of finance of Iceland as a Glitnir's major borrower (in the 13th position) - just before the collapse: https://ljost.is/GlitnirFiles/Objects.zip
    This is what happens when publishing the real files. We crowdsource it, we open it to free review and collaborative analysis.
    new! As a response (willing to push even more local journalistic analysis), we NOW publish an inner staff presentation, a more detailed document showing Glitnir loans (in Icelandic kronors) to individuals and enterprises - dated September 2008. Values can be verified with those mentioned in the document: https://ljost.is/Loans2008.pdf
    Let's keep making Iceland a better place!
    Inquiries: [email protected]
    - Editors


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  • Ljost.is | (30/12/2013)  RELEASE: Glitnir Files - Records of the 2008 Icelandic economic collapse
    BRUSSELS, December 29th 2013

    The Associated Whistle-Blowing Press releases the first batch of "Glitnir Files - Records of the Icelandic economic collapse" . This material, received through Ljost.is - the AWP's Icelandic whistle-blowing platform -, brings into public account detailed information identifying Glitnir bank’s biggest borrowers and stakeholders as well as relevant track of some its shares movements during 2007/2008.
    The AWP publishes this material, which will also highly enlight the SIC report, in the belief that it will enhance the comprehension of authorities and public regarding the Icelandic economic collapse of 2008, being possibly a future resource for investigating local corruption, malpractice and Icelandic's historical record in general.
    More information: https://ljost.is/Glitnir.html
    In the name of the AWP, we would like to thank all those journalists, programmers, system administrators, cryptographers, lawyers and human-rights activists who contributed in this release and in our organization for the past months.
    General contact/Press inquiries: associated {at} whistle.is GPG key


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  • Editors | (4/4/2013)  AWP opens international submission platform
    REYKJAVIK, April 4th 2013

    On April 4th, 2013, the Associated Whistle-Blowing Press opened an international submission node in order to allow people from around the world to send information proving corruption, abuse and malpractice by private or public institutions in an private and anonymous way.
    The AWP only accepts and publishes restricted or censored material of political, scientific, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. Rumor, opinion, stories and other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere will not be considered for obvious reasons.
    This platform, like the AWP’s other local nodes, uses software developed by GlobaLeaks a self described open-source whistleblowing framework for sending and receiving files safely. In order to guarantee the identity of the source the platform works together with the Tor browser.
    Even though the AWP is conceived as a network made up of local whistle-blowing platforms which deal with the struggles and concerns of specific social contexts, it wishes to allow anyone, anywhere, to raise their voice and help bring important information to the public.


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  • Ljost.is | (30/9/2012)  AWP launches local platform in Iceland: Ljost.is
    REYKJAVIK,September 30th 2012

    The Associated Whistle-Blowing Press’ (AWP) first local whistle-blowing platform, Ljost.is , was officially launched on September 30, 2012 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
    The AWP’s initiative is conceived as a network based on the work of local platforms which deal with the struggles and concerns of specific cultural contexts. Ljost is a website which allows people to send information proving abuse or corruption in a safe and anonymous way. It is designed for and maintained with the help of Icelandic citizens, along with a network of active volunteers from around the world. With the release of this platform the AWP hopes to strengthen a basic need of every healthy society: the right of every citizen to know the truth about public and private institutions.
    For a democracy to work properly all institutions have to be publicly accountable for their actions.
    As stated before, the main objective behind Ljost is to restore the media as an active player for truth and justice. We believe transparency is the best way to make governments and corporations accountable for their actions. For us, journalists, researchers and media activists, transparency is a powerful way to lead people to take action against repression, censorship, abuse of power, social inequality in every society of this planet.
    We would like to use this moment to send our thanks to the Icelandic people, who welcomed us warmly and gave us the best of their hospitality, as well as all the volunteers who have made up this project. Even though we can’t mention the names of everyone who has given us advice and support, a very special thanks to Guðmundur Ragnar Guðmundsson.
    The website for Ljost is available at http://ljost.is.


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  • Editors | (8/5/2012)  AWP to launch in September
    REYKJAVIK, August 5th 2012

    The AWP is expected to launch in September, 2012. Journalists, contributors and researchers can contact associated [at] whistle.is to participate. For the time being, a newsroom will be maintained.
    This newsroom is a preview of the work that will be done by editors and collaborators of the AWP, it will be dedicated to explain and analyze internal information dealing with on human-rights violations, whistle-blowing, social movements, information warfare and Internet culture.


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Services

Apart from building whistle-blowing platforms and publishing leaked information, the AWP also offers services for individuals and organizations working to bring about institutional transparency and freedom of information and speech.

Advisory on building a whistle-blowing platform

If you are interested in promoting investigative journalism and whistleblowing in your own society, as a local group or media organization, we can help by providing the technical tools and the strategic know-how to do it in a safe and effective way.


Media strategy advisory regarding publishing of leaked content

If you or your organization are in possession of sensitive information, but don?t know exactly how to start publishing it, we help you by providing advisory on the best practices in order to make the information publicly available.


Secure practices and infra-structure

If you or your organization are in need of secure infrastructure to communicate internally, manage or publish confidential material, we can help by providing tools and instructions to use encrypted mailing-lists, safe web-pages or crowdcrafting tools or other, more personalized solutions.


Legal protection on publishing or managing sensitive content

If you are an activist, journalist or media agency willing to publish stories and sensitive documents but are afraid of being persecuted in your country, we can help by allowing you to publish your information - anonymously or through a journalistic partnership- via the Belgian legal framework, where we can also protect your anonymity and exercise our right to struggle for a cause oriented journalism.


Analysis of confidential or sensitive documents

If you or your organization are in possession of sensitive information, but need some help to analyse it, we can help with our network of contacts, supporters and collaborators, as well as with our editorial staff. Your stories and analysis can be done faster and in depth, reaching a broader public.

Get involved

One of the basic ideals of the AWP is inclusiveness. This means that our workflow should be as transparent and collaborative as possible.

The initiative is open for volunteers on many fronts: journalists, researchers, activists, designers, programmers and network experts, as well as every person interested in participating.

Fill the form below or contact us if you want to work with us.

If you are a journalist or media activist working for transparency and free speech you can set up a local platform in your region or country. This whistle-blowing platform allows concerned citizens to send information anonymously in order to prove corruption or abuse. The information will later be published to inform the public. We can offer a legal framework in Belgium, technological assistance and other forms of guidance.

If you are writer or blogger you can write for the AWP’s news-room: www.whistle.is. You can either analyze leaks already public on the Internet which aren’t being investigated or write about themes dealing with whistle-blowing, transparency, social movements, international relations, Geo-politics, information warfare and Internet culture in any area and language you want.

Maintaining and creating websites requires dedicated system administrators, programmers and designers: if you have the time, the skills and the will, let us know.

You can also help us by spreading our struggle on your own websites and social networks: share our sites, follow our channels and spread the word.

Even though this project is volunteer based and not-for-profit, it still takes a considerable amount of income to keep it running. If you agree with our struggle and want to help please consider donating.

Submit documents

The AWP's international submission node allows individuals to send material proving corruption, abuse and malpractice by private or public institutions in an anonymous way.

What information we accept

We will only accept restricted or censored material of political, scientific, philosophical, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. Therefore: rumor, opinion and other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere will not be considered. Read here our full moral and data management policies.

About the submission system

This submission platform works with technology developed by GlobaLeaks, an open source framework for sending and receiving files anonymously through the Internet which was specifically designed for whistle-blowing. This submission system is also meant to be as easy to use as possible. In order to guarantee the identity of the source the submission system works in conjunction with the Tor browser. If used correctly this system makes it is impossible for us to know who is sending the information. Regardless of this, the AWP is also required by Belgian law of source protection to preserve any possible details of the interaction.

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Please do not send documents or files to our email. Use the submission platform to do so.

If you are a potential source, be safe: use encryption!

General contact/Press inquiries: associated {at} whistle.is
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For collaboration: network {at} whistle.is
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