[Announce] 0x10 years of protecting privacy
wk at gnupg.org
Fri Dec 20 10:46:22 CET 2013
me lacking the time to write an update of the 10 Years of GnuPG ,
Sam Tuke was kind enough to draft this:
16 Years of protecting privacy
Today marks 16 years since the first release of GNU Privacy Guard
(GnuPG). In that time the project has grown from being a hacker’s
hobby into one of the world’s most critical anti-surveillance
tools. Today GnuPG stands at the front line of the battle between
invasive surveillance and civil liberties.
“Time has proven Free Software  to be the most trustworthy
defender against companies and governments seeking to undermine
citizen privacy” said Werner Koch, GnuPG Founder and Lead
Developer. “Although funding our work has not always been easy, the
need for universally accessible privacy tools has never been more
Some of the world’s top security specialists are now counted among
GnuPG users, including Bruce Schneier, Jacob Appelbaum, and Phil
Zimmerman, inventor of PGP. This summer the world learned of the
extent of Government spying thanks to whistleblowers and journalists
communicating using GnuPG encrypted emails. Market leading servers
from Red Hat and Debian have built their reputation for security on
the foundation of GnuPG-verified software.
“The success of GnuPG’s first crowdfunding campaign, which received
90% of it’s target in 24 hours, shows a fresh willingness among users
to support GnuPG in it’s 16th year, and points to new opportunities
for the project in future” said Sam Tuke, GnuPG Campaign Manager.
“The release of GnuPG 2.1 and the launch of a newly designed website
later this year will bring GnuPG and its clients for Windows, Mac,
Gnu/Linux, and Android to new audiences”.
Over the years GnuPG has kept up to date with new algorithms, such as
Elliptic Curve Cryptography, and reactive to new threats, such as key
extraction via acoustic monitoring, which was announced two days ago
by researchers as GnuPG updates were released, in coordination with
developers. Members remain confident of the future of GnuPG and look
forward to facing the privacy threats of tomorrow with community
Die Gedanken sind frei. Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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