Media outlets and NGOs felt the urge to undergo a separate approach to protect the whistleblowers and the political dissidents on the dark web owing to the fact that the journalism has proven to be the most perilous profession in many of the African countries. This idea has given rise to the initial idea behind the afriLEAKs, the African version of the WikiLeaks. Alike WikiLeaks, the afriLEAKS is another whistleblower mailbox used to expose the illicit and unethical activities.
One of the major things drew the attention of the public since the commencement of the service, back in the year 2015 is that afriLEAKS can be accessed through the dark web and it permits one to share their documents confidentially with the media outlets via their .onion URL that can only be attained through the TOR Browser. This safeguards the people who want to submit records with anonymity and discretion.
Though both WikiLeaks and afriLEAKS perform the same function but their working procedure is slightly different. While WikiLeaks work by leaking the information directly to the public, the latter serves as the middle-man transferring this information to media outlets and the NGOs.
The whistleblowers are highly exposed to the danger as they share such nature of information that they furnish the public with. This leads the whistleblowers receive severe threats that includes losing their freedom to losing their jobs. The anonymous distribution through the dark web ensures the sender is sufficiently protected and keeps risk of a third party discovering the submitted files at bay. Inspite of the reputation as a most popular hub for the criminals, yet the dark web can be used for the “anonymity in ethical causes”. The technology behind the TOR Browser is what helping the whistleblowers stays safe from such threats as it uses a technology that is most sought out.