[Announce] 0x10 years of protecting privacy

Hideki Saito hidekis at gmail.com
Sun Dec 22 04:37:28 CET 2013

Happy 16th birthday to GnuPG!

I have translated version of this document:


On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM, Werner Koch <wk at gnupg.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> me lacking the time to write an update of the 10 Years of GnuPG [2],
> 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 [1] 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
>   apparent”.
>   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
>   support.
>   [1] http://fsfe.org/freesoftware/basics/4freedoms.en.html
> [2] http://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-announce/2007q4/000268.html
> --
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Hideki Saito <hidekis at gmail.com>
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