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[liberationtech] Secure Email Survey

Dan Meredith meredithd at rfa.org
Mon Nov 25 08:49:24 PST 2013


Heya Robert,

Apologies if the initial email wasn't clear. The purpose is a survey to
map the space. The listed projects are merely projects publicly known to
be developing secure email technology. As such, they have been invited
to volunteer their time to complete the survey. Our commitment is to
solicit survey submissions, compile the results, and report the results
publicly. Our goal is to increase public knowledge.

OTF does not have a specific secure email support initiative. That said,
supporting tools that increase communication safety -- such as secure
email -- are definitely within our remit. For instances, OTF directly
supports LEAP and Mailvelope.

You can see all OTF supported projects, past and present, publicly on
our website:
https://www.opentechfund.org/projects

OTF is entirely a publicly funded program. Support is given from the US
Congress in an appropriation bill each year. That and a whole lot more
about OTF, including an annual report detailing our income and expenses,
is publicly available on our website:
https://www.opentechfund.org/about

As for the other listed projects, I do not know how they support
themselves. They would be the right folks to ask.

All the best!

Robert Guerra wrote:
> Thanks for sharing the projects being funded. 
> 
> Just out of curiosity, can you disclose the donors/ source of funding of the secure email support initiative. 
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Robert
> 
> On 2013-11-25, at 12:01 PM, Dan Meredith wrote:
> 
>> Hello LibTech,
>>
>> The Open Technology Fund is surveying projects working on next
>> generation secure email or email-like communication. The purpose of this
>> survey is to identify potential areas of collaboration, better
>> understand the trade-offs made by the different projects, and to help
>> the internet freedom community better understand these projects. This
>> survey's findings will be published publicly to serve the above purpose.
>>
>> So far, we have invited these projects to participate:
>>
>> ansamb.com
>> bitmail.sf.net
>> bitmessage.org
>> darkmail.info
>> flowingmail.com
>> leap.se
>> mailiverse.com
>> mailpile.is
>> mailvelope.com
>> mega.co.nz
>> opencom.io
>> parley.co
>> perzo.com
>> pond.imperialviolet.org
>> retroshare.sf.net
>> scramble.io
>> startmail.com
>>
>> All these projects are working on email or email-like communication that
>> departs from traditional encrypted OpenPGP or S/MIME email in one way or
>> another. Although this survey only applies to asynchronous messages
>> (i.e. not synchronous chat), there is a great deal of diversity among
>> the approaches. Some projects are open source, some are not. Some
>> projects provide services, some provide only software. There are
>> centralized, federated, and peer-to-peer approaches. There are HTML5
>> apps, desktop apps, mobile apps, and extensions. You get the idea.
>>
>> Please let us know if we are missing any projects.
>>
>> Below is a link to the web-based submission form:
>> https://docs.google.com/a/opentechfund.org/forms/d/1TpSrjuLXxG_POGv94C6qurjz4KKw2-ID69bzWWzpEB4/viewform
>>
>> Alternatively, you can complete the survey in the attached text file and
>> email the message to email.survey at opentechfund.org. The public key for
>> that address is also attached.
>>
>> Please submit responses on or before December 1, 2013.
>>
>> Thanks in advance!
>> -- 
>> Dan Meredith
>> pgp 0x36377134
>> <email-survey.txt>-- 
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-- 
Dan Meredith
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