Once again, I am thinking about a Journalists/Human Rights worker version of Qubes.
I am guessing such a person is a computer amateur, who can be frustrated by having to search for, read instructions for more than five minutes.
Plus most of the information likely to be provided to the world, is not a Professional Journalist, but an ordinary person.
First, a Journalist type may not be really familiar with how truly bad some Operating Systems are about protecting users. They can say the words malware, needs anti-virus, Ransom-ware. But they really don’t realize how some Operating Systems, and some ISP’s, webpages have stacked the odds against users. So they may not be willing to spend the effort to use any Operating System correctly.
The things I feel a Qubes Journalist users immediately needs, that is not set up, is a means to verify Downloaded Software by way of PGP. And to begin to use encrypted emails. The Qubes for this software, Split-PGP, and software Thunderbird, Key Handler. The documentation for this should be installed inside the Qube which will do the Encryption/Decryption.
I again logged into my McDonalds, and when I clicked to go to a discussion on the forum, I got a; “Certificate is correct, Peer is blocking WebPage, contact webmaster.” Which for me. I know how to get around, I can start my VPN, and get the page on the Qubes OS Forum. If I did not have a VPN installed, I know to choose Tor. I can do research of how to use Qubes. A complete Newbie would feel pretty frustrated.
We could add a documentation note about using Tor. What is quickly needed for a Journalist user is a VPN. Which, to make it easy to set up for a newbie, A Qube already created to insert a VPN into. Since the recommendation is to use OpenVPN, I can see it useful for OpenVPN to be already installed. The documentation to be already in the Qube. Leaving one to insert the particular VPN information to be typed in. The other day I spent some hours trying to set up VPN, although I knowinglyl used information from earlier Qubes OS (4.0) thinking the OS would be the same. Hmm. I suspect a Journalist might use the wrong set of instructions. I think this is another place where a place to more easily start a VPN.
I was looking for an GUI to copy from one Qube to another. That is an organized protocol to copy a, say a message, copy it to a Qube to open it, read it, perhaps the Qube software to identify any attempt to do something I would not think appropriate. Try to remove what the journalist needs to remember to accomplish some things. And the tool accomplish this without risk to user.
Personally, I am a bit accustomed to having an Internet Monitor that informs me how fast the connection is going, and how much is coming in and going out. I am not anxious to violate Dom0.
A printed, short list, of how to do this, for an semi-experienced user.
A page of Qubes, Never do this. (which is a bit funny. The first thing is to never attach a Template to the internet, but if I am going to build a VPN.)
I wanted to instigate some others to contribute some ideas.