Public-private cryptography lays at the heart of GnuPG's powerful protection, and in order to find keys of friends and contacts, GnuPG users must have a basic understanding of how it works. This isn't easy to explain however - a new infographic would be extremely helpful in showing new users the basic principles of the system.Collaborate
Crypto is critical, but it isn't very sexy. GnuPG has easy to use clients for Windows, Mac, Gnu/Linux, and Android, but to improve our image we need a poster to spread the word. Humans are visual. Let's give them something to look at.Collaborate
What is offered in exchange
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Acknowledgment: Listed donor on GnuPG.orgTo thank you for your support your name will be added to the page of donors on the new GnuPG.org website. Choose to remain anonymous if you prefer. Limited reward
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Product: GnuPG laptop stickerNew stickers especially for this campaign. They're the first GnuPG stickers ever made, and a slick way to show your support for powerful crypto. Limited reward
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Product: Limited edition GnuPG tshirtCrypto is cool. Wear your support with this organic and fair trade high quality cotton tshirt. Limited reward
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Services: An @GnuPG.net addressChoose your own address at GnuPG.net. These email aliases are exclusive and have never been available before. Limited reward
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Source code: GnuPG 2.1
Final release of GnuPG version 2.1, complete with many new features and fixes.
LicenseGeneral Public License
GNU General Public License for the free distribution, modification, and use of software
Services: GnuPG downloads for all devices
A fresh download page will make it easy to get client apps for the visitor's device. Multiple user needs and operating systems will be supported with simple instructions on where to get files and packages.
Design: A more beautiful and accessible manual
GnuPG already has extensive documentation, but it's not pretty, and hard to read. A new design will make it more beautiful and a pleasure for mobile devices.
Services: A new home for GnuPG
The world's most trusted data encryption tool gets a new website with spanking server, platform and design. The pages our existing users are used to will all still be available, and new areas will be added for cryptoparties and user guides. This will be a website you can point your friends and colleagues to with confidence, knowing their experience will be welcoming, professional, and mobile friendly.
Services: Tor accessible URL
The NSA and GCHQ are collecting vast storehouses of tracking data and keeping it for years. The new GnuPG website will be reachable anonymously on the Tor network as a hidden service, accessible via an .onion address.Access
Spread the word
publish the project widgetCopy and paste the code in your website or blog to help spread the word about this projectGnuPG is the world's privacy protector. It guards emails, files, and apps from snooping and spying...
€ 36.732 169%Embedding Code
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- € 21.655
- € 36.732
- 07 / 02 / 2014
GnuPG: new website and infrastructure
Main features- Brand new GnuPG website
- Release of GnuPG 2.1
- Anonymous Tor network access to gnupg.org
- New server for web infrastructure
- New user friendly design optimised for desktop and mobile
- Fresh download page catering to all devices
- Updated collection of external videos, guides, and courses
- New page for Cryptoparties
- Continued availability of all existing pages and manuals
- New subscription handling system for sustaining GnuPG development
Why this is importantRecent government spying revelations have shown us how hard real privacy is to achieve, and how little of our information is really safe. GnuPG is one of the few tools that can offer real protection. Yet it remains popular primarily in only hi-tech circles, despite it's availability on Windows, Mac, and Gnu Linux, its ease of use, and the fact it's free of charge. We need to introduce new people to GnuPG and help them to start emailing safely and privately - the new GnuPG website will play an key role in making strong crypto desirable and accessible.
Why is strong privacy so important?
Faith in the privacy of our communications is necessary for:
- Guarding trade secrets
- Meaningful and fair negotiations
- Protection and advancement of human rights
- Academic exploration and development
- Political freedom and democracy
- Proper development from to adulthood - childish mistakes belong in the past
What makes GnuPG so secure?
It's Free Software - anyone can inspect its source code and check for back doors, and security experts frequently do. It's made by leading experts who were originally chosen by the German Government for their aptitude. It's build on rock solid cryptography principles that have been adopted industry-wide, and uses the OpenPGP Open Standard for compatiblity with other applications. It's so widely used that hundreds of companies have a vested interest in checking that it works the way it should. Unfortunately that doesn't mean they choose to donate to the project or support it in other ways. And it's even used by Phil Zimmerman, father of strong email and voice over IP encryption.
What difference will a new website make?
The existing GnuPG website dates back to 2002. It was built to provide easy access to technical documentation about the project. In 2013 GnuPG is now well accepted by technical security groups however, and we need to reach out to new audiences. We also need to make it easy for people to help sustain work on GnuPG into the future, by supporting subscriptions and encouraging donations.
Non-technical need encouragement to get over the few initial steps that setting up strong encryption takes. Faith in the relevance, usefulness, and power of GnuPG is affected by the the project homepage, and we need a new professional face to inspire a new generation of users to try it out, together with friendly introductions and pointers to additional resources.
A new website serves not only to boost the project's image and popularity short term therefore - it will found a sustainable development model for future maintenance and development of this foundation stone of digital security.
Goals of the crowdfunding campaignMaking GnuPG more accessible and appealing via a new website, and providing the ability to accept regular donations from companies and individuals in future are the primary goals. GnuPG is a long term project - it's a pillar of digital privacy for today and tomorrow. Infrastructure for new web services and regular support transactions will help safeguard it's development in future.
Team and experienceAfter sixteen years of leading development of GnuPG, Werner wants to bring email encryption to the millions of people who have been shocked by the recent government spying revelations, and are want to secure their messages. He met Sam through the Free Software Foundation Europe, where Sam manages campaigns. The two of them laid out plans for a new outreach project for GnuPG at a meeting in Dusseldorf over fine Greek moussaka.
Werner has been writing enterprise software for more than 25 years. He specialises in cryptography development, security audits, and low-level coding. He is the original author of GnuPG and project leader.
Sam is a Free Software hacker, promoter, and campaigner. He directs the Document Freedom Day campaign for Open Standards, has spoken at conferences in many European countries, and recently led the encryption back-end rewrite for ownCloud Inc.'s file-hosting platform.