There have been a number of stories in the chemosphere recently about misconduct, fraud and other illegal activities. I am quite confident that we have so far only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Today, I have an important message to anyone who sits on information and wishes to blow the whistle on manipulation, compromise and unethical and illegal decisions or actions that have been made or are being made by anyone in industry or academia, worldwide. I would love to hear from you, and I offer you this platform to get your story out.

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I know it takes great courage and a strong sense of ethics to make the decision to break one’s silence. Rest assured, you can and will remain completely anonymous, even to myself if you so wish.

As a Swedish publisher, I, together with my sources are protected by a constitutional law called Meddelarfriheten (very similar to the US Reporter’s Privilege), so that no person can lift a finger to try to reveal my source without breaching the law.

Whistle-blowers have a unique position to remain anonymous in this country. (Snowden, I am afraid you took the wrong plane.)

I conduct affairs relating to these matters with the utmost sincerity. If you have a story which you know in you heart must come out, I offer you the possibility to publish it here. This page has 2,500 unique visitors on a daily basis. Your story will be noticed.

The law in on our side, and I swear to protect you, whoever and wherever you are.

How to contact me – Best practice

To contact me safely without revealing your identity or whereabouts to anyone, I recommend you to use TOR and via it register a new email account to be used solely for this purpose. Then also create a so called PGP key pair (here is an open source software for it). Use a very, very strong password, over 16 mixed characters, digits and symbols and a 2048 bit or larger key, and I can assure you no one can break it. Keep your private key in a very safe place. Your public key, on the other hand, can be distributed safely. My public key is available here. My email address is found here. First, you have to email me your public key, second you must encrypt your message with my public key as the recipient, and then finally you can email me your encrypted messages. Using your public key, I am able to correspond with you with complete assurance that no one can listen in. In addition, I would encourage you to look into TrueCrypt and store all your sensitive data in such an encrypted folder. It is all very much worth the hassle.

 

5 Responses to Wanted: Whistle-blowers

  1. Neil says:

    This sounds fascinating and I look forward to seeing how it develops.

    But I do have a concern: how will you check that what people tell you is true? Without some sort of verification, there’s the potential for serious abuse that could damage someone’s career.

  2. drfreddy says:

    That is a very valid question. If it wasn’t perfectly clear in the original post, I will not re-publish anyone’s ramblings without first seriously consider all possible outcomes I can think of.

    Collateral damage is the worst damage, and I will do my utmost to avoid it. You will have to trust me on it.

    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said late Carl Sagan. I agree.

  3. […] for papers” notices, from journals or conferences? Over at Synthetic Remarks, there’s a call for whistleblowers. Reacting to the recent reports of scientific fraud, Fredrik von Kieseritzky is asking those who […]

  4. I started writing my thoughts here, but then saw that I needed more time and space, so they are over at my blog. Good luck; I think you’re going to need it.

    • drfreddy says:

      Dang. Good remarks, and some food for thought. I could have written a much longer post, but I wanted to keep it short and to the point. Let me briefly state that I consulted with several Swedish lawyers before posting. The Swedish constitutional law is strong. Whistle-blowers do have a unique protection in this country, compared to most if not all other Western nations.

      Most importantly however: I have no intentions whatsoever of being a whistle-blower myself.

      I offer a platform. I can be the messenger. No more. No less.

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