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[liberationtech] pgp message encryption and decrypion using just a browser

David Dahl david at
Sun Sep 26 04:21:51 PDT 2010

I have been experimenting with the JavaScript API for PKI that is
provided by Firefox Sync. The underlying bits are implemented in C++
(NSS), so it is pretty fast. I am slowly building up a toolkit for
messaging in a pseudo-anonymous fashion called "Droplettr" and am
looking for contributors. The entire thing is open source and is
designed to be  used like a protocol instead of a walled garden.



Things are in a state of brokenness at the moment, as this is a side
research project of mine.



On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM, Danny O'Brien <DObrien at> wrote:
> This really isn't what you want Frank (at all!), but its bizarreness plus tangential connection to your question was too good to miss:
> It's TLS (including client-side certificates), re-implemented in in-browser Javascript. Ben's point is that such an implementation allows greater experimentation with security UI, which I think everyone agrees is the current Hard Problem.
> d.
> On Sep 23, 2010, at 11:08 PM, Frank Corrigan wrote:
>> For some time I have been investigating the availability of web pages
>> that provide easy to use password creation and message encryption
>> functions, which only depend upon web browsers inbuilt javascript
>> capabilities and can therefore be downloaded and used off line. And
>> works across all common OSs and browsers.
>> Examples are
>> as one of many options for password creation
>> and
>> to encrypt messages using a recipients pgp Public key.
>> The help I am requesting is whether anyone knows of an online resource,
>> that meets the above criteria, that can not only encrypt text using a
>> pgp Public key but also has a facility to decrypt a pgp message with the
>> recipients Private key?
>> I am aware of FireGPG:
>> which is excellent, though sadly now discontinued, but it is tied to
>> Fire Fox through an add-on and it's functions are dependent upon a local
>> install of GPG.
>> Thanks
>> Frank
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