19 Mar

2015 Open Source Donations

We just made our Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) donations for 2015, totaling $125,000 across five projects. Thank you for all the community nominations .

Our primary focus this year was to support FOSS projects that are bringing privacy tools to those who need them. We chose four projects we think are of paramount importance to achieving that goal:


$25,000 to The Freedom of the Press Foundation to support SecureDrop , which "is an open-source whistleblower submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation that media organizations use to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally coded by the late Aaron Swartz ." SecureDrop installations are now provided by over 15 media organizations , and we hope with our donation that we can help them increase this number significantly.

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$25,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to support PrivacyBadger , which "is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it's like you suddenly disappeared." Only one developer works on PrivacyBadger right now, and we hope with our donation he and others can get through more issues .

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$25,000 to GPGTools to support GPG Suite , which is a tool for OS X that has "everything you need to get started with secure communication and encrypting files in one simple package. Use GPG Suite to encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify files or messages." We hope with our donation the part-time GPGTools team can spend a lot more time on the project this year.

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$25,000 to Riseup to support Tails , which is "a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity." It is recommended to use with SecureDrop for sources and journalists. We hope with our donation that more of the Tails Roadmap can be accomplished this year.

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In addition to privacy tools, we would like to do our part to increase diversity in the open source community. To that end we also gave to a fifth project:


$25,000 to Girl Develop It (GDI) to support their upcoming Open Source Mentorship program "with the goal of getting more women involved in the Open Source community through civic hacking projects. GDI chapters and Code for America (CfA) brigades will team up in five cities, pairing ~10 students in each who are learning to code through GDI along with seasoned developers working on civic hacking projects from within the local CfA brigades. The program will run for three months and will consist of skills-building workshops and weekly hacking on social good projects."

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That's $125,000 to FOSS projects this year, which is our most ever by far. We are very proud to be in the position to be able to give this support.

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posted by Jop • 3 years and 10 months ago Link

Tails just released their monthly report thanking you guys and gals, and I wanted to do the same. Thank you for donating to five great programs! Thank you Duckduckgo from the bottom of my heart. Keep being awesome.

posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 11 days ago Link

Wow. If I wasn't sold on DuckDuckGo before (which I was) I sure as heck am now.

posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 14 days ago Link

Yeah thanks! Please also address https://duck.co/forum/thread/11534/making-duckduckgo-s-javascript-free ASAP - no donations remove your responsibility to not provide users with non-free software to run on their computers...

posted by Gryllida • 4 years and 14 days ago Link

Gabriel, I want to thank you for caring about these kind of projects and donating to them!

posted by preemeijer community_leader • 4 years and 25 days ago Link

You're very welcome!

posted by yegg Staff • 4 years and 25 days ago Link