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  2. <html newsdate="2014-12-16">
  3. <head>
  4. <title>Protect your privacy - Help GnuPG hire a second developer!</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body class="press release">
  7. <h1>Protect your privacy - Help GnuPG hire a second developer!</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">
  9. GnuPG is the world's leading privacy tool, with an estimated
  10. base of more than four million active users world-wide, and a thousand
  11. new users each day. It guards emails, files, and programs from
  12. snooping and spying on Windows, Mac, and GNU/Linux. This crucial
  13. program needs your help to keep going in 2015 and beyond.
  14. </p>
  15. <p>
  16. Ongoing government spying revelations have shown how little of our
  17. information is really safe. GnuPG is one of the few tools that can
  18. offer real protection. Edward Snowden used it to encrypt his
  19. communications with journalists. All companies and individuals
  20. running Free Software systems use it to protect their software
  21. against manipulation - sometimes without even knowing about it.
  22. Credit card data and backups are routinely encrypted through
  23. GnuPG, and the program will be needed for many years in the future
  24. to restore that data.
  25. </p>
  26. <p>
  27. GnuPG this is free of charge for all those people around the
  28. world, but it costs money to develop and maintain. For more than
  29. a decade, g10<sup>code</sup> GmbH, the company owned and
  30. headed by GnuPG's principal author Werner Koch, has been bearing
  31. the majority of these costs. The company is seeking EUR 120,000 to
  32. carry on its work on GnuPG in 2015.
  33. </p>
  34. <p>
  35. With this money, the company will:
  36. </p>
  37. <ul>
  38. <li>hire a second developer to work on GnuPG</li>
  39. <li>maintain the GnuPG software and documentation</li>
  40. <li>put this vital bit of our privacy infrastructure on a more
  41. solid organisational footing, so that it will remain viable in
  42. the long term.</li>
  43. </ul>
  44. <p>
  45. There are no fancy fundraising videos or goodies. Every cent of
  46. your donation will directly support the future development of
  47. GnuPG. Donors will be listed on the GnuPG website and in the next
  48. GnuPG release, unless they choose to remain anonymous.
  49. </p>
  50. <p>
  51. You can directly donate to the GnuPG project through this
  52. page:</p>
  53. <blockquote>
  54. <p>
  55. <a href="https://gnupg.org/donate/">https://gnupg.org/donate/</a>
  56. </p>
  57. </blockquote>
  58. <p>
  59. If you can benefit from a donation receipt by a Germany charity
  60. you may donate to the GnuPG account at the WAU Holland Stiftung:
  61. </p>
  62. <blockquote>
  63. <p>
  64. <a href="https://www.wauland.de/en/donation.html#61"
  65. >https://www.wauland.de/en/donation.html#61</a>
  66. </p>
  67. <p>
  68. Wau Holland Stiftung<br/>
  69. Commerzbank Kassel<br/>
  70. Königsplatz 32-34<br/>
  71. 34117 Kassel / Germany<br/>
  72. IBAN: DE89 5204 0021 0277 2812 06<br/>
  73. BIC: COBADEFF520 or COBADEFFXXX<br/>
  74. Stichwort: GnuPG
  75. </p>
  76. <p>
  77. Bitcoin: 12LKeo24XCzgz6ASSxcUa8BvUfzkEyCpGq
  78. </p>
  79. </blockquote>
  80. <p>
  81. The Wau Holland Stiftung will use the money raised to pay for
  82. development work on GnuPG and Enigmail.
  83. </p>
  84. <p>
  85. In a blog post, Werner Koch has provided an overview of GnuPG's
  86. costs and revenues over the years:
  87. </p>
  88. <blockquote>
  89. <p>
  90. <a href="https://www.gnupg.org/blog/20141214-gnupg-and-g10.html"
  91. >https://www.gnupg.org/blog/20141214-gnupg-and-g10.html</a>
  92. </p>
  93. </blockquote>
  94. <p>
  95. Media contact:
  96. </p>
  97. <ul>
  98. <li>
  99. Werner Koch, primary GnuPG developer, g10<sup>code</sup>:<br/>
  100. Email: wk AT g10code DOT org<br/>
  101. Phone: +49-2104-173855
  102. </li>
  103. <li>
  104. Karsten Gerloff, President, Free Software Foundation Europe:<br/>
  105. Email: gerloff AT fsfe DOT org<br/>
  106. Phone: +49 176 9690 4298<br/>
  107. </li>
  108. <li>
  109. Bernd Fix, Wau Holland Stiftung:<br/>
  110. Email: bf AT wauland DOT de<br/>
  111. </li>
  112. </ul>
  113. <p>
  114. About Wau Holland Stiftung:
  115. </p>
  116. <p>
  117. WHS is a foundation related to the Chaos Computer Club, that was
  118. launched by the father and close friends of the late "information
  119. philosopher" Wau Holland (a.k.a. Herwart Holland-Moritz) to
  120. promote and pursue his unique freethinking in relation to freedom
  121. of communication and informational self-determination.
  122. </p>
  123. </body>
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  125. </sidebar>
  126. <tags>
  127. <tag>Privacy</tag>
  128. <tag>Encryption</tag>
  129. <tag>Funding</tag>
  130. </tags>
  131. </html>