I’d like to spark conversation and gather information on the current progress towards making Qubes usable for those who are more likely at risk - Human Rights workers and Investigative Journalists among others. It’s also stated this is one of the key target audiences on the Qubes website:
Made to support vulnerable users
Thanks to Qubes OS, vulnerable or actively targeted individuals such as journalists, political activists, whistleblowers or researchers can enjoy the same benefits of using multiple computing devices at a fraction of the cost and without the associated loss of usability. (in qubes-os.org/intro)
Great progress has been made thanks to the Qubes team and all contributors, but we know we’re still not at the point that a mac and windows users can simply do their work on Qubes with little more than some training (to adjust for the compartmentalization paradigm).
A past conversation on this topic happened on mailing-list but hopefully by bringing it also here, it can reach a wider audience (thanks to the usability of the forum)
This is a list of current efforts towards bringing qubes to at-risk populations. Either in terms of training, custom software aimed at this population or training programes.
Qubes UX Team
(Note that these are just mockups, not final designs. Find them here and here)
Securedrop is a project by the Freedom of Press Foundation (FPF) that aims to connect journalistic sources with journalists in a way that both are protected. Particularly, to safeguard the security of journalists the FPF team has been building a configuration of Qubes for opening documents safely and sharing them, even when they come from untrusted sources. Find more about the project here.
Watch the video The Next Generation of SecureDrop: A Virtual Event by FPF
Qubes Trainings for Journalists (By FPF)
As part of FPF’s efforts to migrate their system for journalists to Qubes (see above) they will be doing trainings for journalists on the operating system. Not a lot of information is publicly available on this.
What other projects are there? Is anyone developing a salt configuration for these populations?
If you know of another project, please do share them bellow.