How to Tell a Secret in the Digital Age

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As a matter of practice, journalists at The Times have long used digital security measures — encrypted communications and storage — when handling sensitive information. But late last year, Mr. Dance, the deputy investigations editor, teamed up with Runa Sandvik, the director of information security, to gather a set of tools for readers to anonymously submit information that might be of journalistic interest to The Times.

The tools — WhatsApp, Signal, SecureDrop and encrypted email — are listed on on a centralized tips page, which outlines each method’s strengths and vulnerabilities. From there, users can download the appropriate software and use it to transmit their tips to The Times.

The effect on the newsroom was immediate. “We received useful information within 24 hours of launching,” Ms. Sandvik said, referring to the project’s Dec. 15 launch date. Since then, the tips have been arriving at a rate of 50 to 100 per day. They range from single-sentence suggestions to databases with hundreds of thousands of records.