[Announce] GnuPG launches crowdfunding campaign

Christophe Brocas christophe.brocas at cnamts.fr
Thu Dec 19 12:17:30 CET 2013

Le 19/12/2013 11:08, Werner Koch a écrit :
> GnuPG encryption project launches crowdfunding campaign
> Today GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) has launched its first crowdfunding
> campaign [1] with the aim of building a new website and long term
> infrastructure. The 24.000 EUR target will fund:
>   - Fresh web interfaces for gnupg.org including mobile
>   - Completion and release of GnuPG 2.1

1. this is an excellent news !

2. take care about one point :
It is not very clear on the website campaign that the completion of the GnuPG
2.1 is in the scope of the campaign.

If it is really in the scope, it would be necessary to emphasize this point.
According to me, for many people, giving money for GnuPG development and giving
money for website refresh are not the same thing imho.

For the moment, the description and the title of the campaign are quite focused
on the website/infrastructure refresh.

>   - Anonymous Tor network access to the website
>   - A new user friendly download page suitable for all devices
>   - A new server for web services
>   - New pages convening external guides, videos, and handbooks
>   - Facilities for processing recurring donations for long
>     term project support
> Project founder and Lead Developer Werner Koch said “GnuPG has
> seen a huge upsurge in popularity following recent state spying
> revelations. After 16 years of continuous development, we are now
> asking for community support to capitalise on consumer demand for
> privacy, and make GnuPG easy to access for mainstream audiences”.
> GnuPG is one of the few tools remaining above suspicion in the wake
> of leaked NSA documents. Edward Snowden and his contacts including
> Bruce Schneier switched to GnuPG when they began handling the secret
> documents earlier this year [2]. The Wall Street Journal, The
> Committee to Protect Journalists, and ProPublica [3] have all embraced
> GnuPG for protection of staff and sources. Phil Zimmermann, original
> inventor of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), has also moved to GnuPG in
> wake of the news.
> “GnuPG is a key part of modern privacy infrastructure” said Sam Tuke,
> Campaign Manager, GnuPG. “Millions of users rely on GnuPG to work
> securely on servers, laptops and smartphones, but 2013 donations
> totaling 3.000 EUR to date have not even covered fixed costs.
> Supporting new algorithms like elliptical curve and fixing newfound
> exploits fast takes a lot of work which is done voluntarily. Now is the
> time for people to contribute to making GnuPG slick and more sustainable
> in future”.
> Jacob Appelbaum, Tor Project developer, added “GnuPG is important - it
> allows us the assurances we need to do our work.  Community funding is a
> critical part of a confident outlook for GnuPG in future.”
> For further information, please contact Sam Tuke.
> Email: samtuke [at] gnupg.org
> Phone: +49 176 81923811
> [1] <http://goteo.org/project/gnupg-new-website-and-infrastructure>
> [2] <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-how-to-remain-secure-surveillance>
> [3] <http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/hacks_hackers_security_for_jou.php>
> == About GNU Privacy Guard ==
> GnuPG is a leading cryptography app that protects emails and data from
> interception. It is developed by a community of Free Software engineers
> led by Werner Koch. GnuPG is used and recommended by the world’s top
> security experts, including Bruce Schneier and Phil Zimmermann. It
> offers best in class privacy free of charge and restriction. Hundreds of
> companies have integrated GnuPG into their products to perform mission
> critical security, including Red Hat, Deutsche Bahn, and many others.
> http://gnupg.org

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