The Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets Collective) is a journalistic 501 (c) non-profit organization dedicated to the free transmission of data in the public interest.
Their goal is to avoid political, corporate or personal tendencies, and to act as a "beacon of available information".
"As a collective of transparency, we do not support any purpose, idea or message other than ensuring that information is available to those who need it most."
What DDoSecrets say on their website
We are a small group, but our influence extends far beyond our members. Our founders had worked together informally for many years and developed deep connections in the fields of data collection, research, journalism, activism and technology. In 2018, The Architect and Emma Best, along with others who chose to remain anonymous, decided to pool their know-how and time to create a single project that represents our common goals and provide a platform that trusts others.
The data we index must meet two criteria:
- To be in the public interest,
- To be able at first glance to make an assumption about the accuracy of the content
Since 2018, we have grown exponentially, released dozens of terabytes of data, and collaborated with teams such as the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, European Investigative Collaborations, the SilverLining Project at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT ).
Our view is that data is a resource and a file. Also: this data can never tell the whole story. We believe that the public is responsible for the data and we open it to them for strict examination. With enough time and data, the truth can always emerge. Veritatem cognoscere ruat cælum et pereat world.
As of July 2020, we are a registered non-profit 501 (c) 3.
Based on the above, it seems that the target is similar to that of WikiLeaks, only Assange is missing, though that it is not necessarily bad. This time we are talking about a core group of investigative journalists, not a hacker activist who started bringing the truth to the masses on his own.
It remains to be seen how much the DDoSecrets Collective will bother