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20140925 Open Source Distributed Journalism - A theoretical Case Study
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Simon is a weapons inspector working for Amnesty International and is on an assignment in east Ukraine upon growing concern that the separatists are accumulating stock piles of banned weapons.
He turns on his computer and creates a new folder in his Storj account. He syncs his phone, body cam, and microphone with the Storj folder which begins syncing all content to that folder in to the distributed cloud.
Simon knows that from this moment and until he cancels the feed, everything he does will be recorded, uploaded and timestamped to a decentralised network of self interested peers compensated for their storage and proof of publication services. (Storj peers cannot see the content of the files they store as it is fragmented and encrypted.)
Simon faces many risks to his personal safety which is why his legal identity is obscured by a PGP key which has been verified by reputable news outlets and Universities across the world. Every file he uploads will be signed with this key.
As Simon is out in the field his body cam tracks everything but he also uses his phone to get details shots including distinguishing marks on military vehicles, GPS co-ordinates on 360 horizon scans (for later shadow analysis), along with personal notes which detail his current thoughts and suspicions which he may chose to encrypt for now but which he may later wish to rely on to prove the hypothesis that led to his later actions.
As the content is uploaded investigative journalists from all over the world are able to corroborate and compare Simon's evidence with a network of other front line inspectors. Cross checking and confirming the existence of military supply lines and expose secret tactics.
As the content is filtered it is picked up by bloggers who begin to build timelines and weave stories from the footage. They themselves edit the media using a Version Control Video Editing package which timestamps their editing at intervals too quick to allow convenient cuts.
Once the video is uploaded to dispatches, audience members can independently verify that all the content contained in the video was indeed from the raw footage as every file is divided up in to chunks and can be used as time stamp citations in videos and audio.
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