13 Feb

2016 FOSS donation: Call for nominations

UPDATE: We've announced the open source donation recipients. Thank you for all the nominations!

At this time of year we think about how we can help out open source projects with a financial donation and as before, we'd like you to be part of the decision-making process.

Last year, we donated a total of US$125,000 to five different projects including the EFF's Privacy Badger and Girl Develop It, based on the theme of mainstream privacy. This year the theme remains privacy-focused but is also more closely aligned with our vision which is to raise the standard of trust online. The donation pool amount has yet to be decided but will be split between 6-10 projects, half of which will be chosen from community nominations.

So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suggest projects that both:

  • Help increase trust online;
  • Would benefit from (and make good use of) a small donation.

Please comment with your suggestions using the template here. Repeat for multiple nominations (limit to 3).

Project Name
Project Website
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because _____
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I feel great for this news.

posted by HenriMougel • 5 months and 4 days ago Link

Very nice news

posted by MarchalCuny • 5 months and 24 days ago Link

The Network Time Protocol (http://www.ntp.org/) might need some help, at least based on this article: http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/ntps-fate-hinges-on-father-time/d/d-id/13...

posted by <hidden> • 11 months and 20 days ago Link

Glucosio

http://www.glucosio.org

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because they have created the first open source project for both T1 an T2 diabetics. Diabetics being able to see code that manages their health data is important.

We need open source projects like this funded!

posted by <hidden> • 11 months and 24 days ago Link

ReactOS
https://reactos.org/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because free and open source operating system that is compatible with the Windows applications and drivers.

posted by <hidden> • 11 months and 26 days ago Link

Project Name: Dragonbox Pyra
Project Website: https://pyra-handheld.com
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because as with the NEO900, it is the only phone/handheld hardware option with an isolated modem. Meaning on you can turn off, rather than network operators using to control your device.
Also it can use DuckDuck as the default search engine.

Currently the Pyra is sourcing funds for production via preorders.

posted by <hidden> • 11 months and 27 days ago Link

Thank you all for the many great suggestions! We're closing the call for nominations now and going through the final decision process. Look out for the announcement soon...

posted by tagawa Staff • 1 year and 28 days ago Link

Freenet
https://freenetproject.org/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because they have created a decentralized file sharing service and built a truly anonymous, spam resistent forum and social network on top of it.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Project name: Wire
website: wire.com

I believe this project is raising the standard of online security because it provides end-to-end chats, calls, conference calls and video calls. It is the most usable encrypted app and its captivating design make it a pleasure to use. Being really easy to use (unlike others like surespot or signal) it has a chance to compete with really big rivals like whatsapp. The company is opening up the code (this is very recent news) and a little money won't hurt.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Project name: Darkmail
Website: https://darkmail.info/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it is creating a practical replacement for SMTP that has strong security built right into the protocol, making it so that you don't even have to trust your email provider with the contents of your messages.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Project Name: Signal
Project Website: https://whispersystems.org
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because:

- Signal combines user friendliness with state of the art end-to-end encryption
- the encryption is on by default for all communications
- users can just download the app and start messaging immediately without know anything about cryptography (cf. PGP)

It is essential for trust online that basic communication is private and secure by default.

Much like DuckDuckGo makes Internet search private and simple for all users, Open Whisper Systems strives to do the same for instant messaging.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

I might add that currently the iOS version is on hold / not updated because they have no developer for it. It has been without a maintainer since the beginning of this year.
And the the same goes for Android. There's no main developer for it.

It's really sad that the world is full of messaging apps that don't care about privacy but still receive funding. Yet open source projects that are doing the right thing receive almost no support at all.

Help! https://whispersystems.org/workworkwork/

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Signal
https://whispersystems.org/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it combines ease of use and very strong encryption. I think it needs a well funded counter project to WhatsApp. Signal is for me THE messaging app who could achieve that.

It is an OSS messaging app (https://github.com/WhisperSystems) running on Android, iOS and Desktop (currently in beta).

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

LEAP Encryption Access Project
https://leap.se
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it is dedicated to giving all internet users access to secure communication, by adapting encryption technology to make it easy to use and widely available, already available with VPN services, encrypted email built-in, etc.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

GnuPG
http://gnupg.org/

Having been around for more than a decade, GnuPG sets the standard for trusted open source encryption. As of version 2, it also features a more easily integratable library libgcrypt which has found its use in many applications. While the "web of trust" of PGP encryption has taken some criticism, it remains one of the principal ways in which people learn to trust encryption keys of their peers.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Hackdopi

http://hackdopi.wikidot.com

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it speeds up tor circuits by multiplexing them. The next version should use mptunnel UDP multiplexing with openvpn/tinc/curvetun over tor. Normal applications could then use it transparently.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

OpenBSD
http://www.openbsd.org/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because OpenBSD developers develop and maintain OpenSSH, LibreSSL, because it is secure, open source, security oriented BSD operating system, where security is more important than fashion. Blah, blah. OpenBSD!

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

GNU libmicrohttpd
https://www.gnu.org/s/libmicrohttpd/

GNU libmicrohttpd is a widely used (Systemd, Retroshare, Gnome Music Player, Kiwix, XMBC, OpenVAS, and many, many more) C library for embedding an HTTP server into a larger C application. It is probably the most common C library for this purpose, and extremely versatile and liberally licensed (LGPL). You can even find it in a wide range of commercial products, albeit usually well hidden (i.e. http://oss.sony.net/Products/Linux/TV/KDL-32W700B.html). While GNU libmicohttpd is widely used, there is no commercial backing behind the project at this time. The project could use a reasonable donation to put additional resources into code audits and testing, improving the security and reliability of all projects that depend on it.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link
https://taler.net/

GNU Taler is an new electronic payment system that provides anonymity for buyers using blind signed tokens, similar to DigiCash, no pseudonymous blockchains.

Unlike cash, customers receive receipts digitally signed by the merchant when making Taler purchases. Also, Taler exchanges can collect accurate income information about sellers, discouraging tax evasion .

Taler has a convenient wallet that operates as a browser extension using all RESTful protocols. All components are Free Software licensed allowing anyone to operate or modify exchanges or merchants, or wallets of course.

Taler would benefit from funding improve integration with bank transfer protocol, and better integration with common open source web platforms for shops, blogs, etc., and develop and Android application.

developer information : https://taler.net/developers

demo : https://demo.taler.net/
(our is occasionally down due to changes)
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Signal
https://whispersystems.org/

It is a OSS messaging app running on Android and iOS; it combines ease of use and very strong encryption.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Signal
https://whispersystems.org/

It is a OSS messaging app running on Android and iOS; it combines ease of use and very strong encryption.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

I would NOT support Signal by Open WhisperSystems. In the past they have squandered their money on expensive trips to the Hawaii that didn't help much the development of the apps (https://whispersystems.org/blog/).
Also, all their github repositories are full of issues and PR closed for no reason. Usually the main (and only) Android developer closes issues and pull requests with no apparent reasons and locks the conversation to collaborators so that no further discussion can happen. This is *not* a free project, it's free as in beer but not free as in freedom. Not only do they not listen to the (dying) community they have, but they won't even accept the help that the community members try to offer with pull requests (here is an example: https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure-Server/pull/62).
I really hope that DuckDuckGo will not fund a company that takes "open source" as "free software", especially when they have squandered their money on expensive vacations in the past.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

OK that was written by the same troll that damages the whispersystems mailing list and github. All opensource projects have people who want to damage projects.. is it not? I hope this was not true but there are people like this. The troll could have also linked issues that he/she has ruined by replacing posts with hate speech and changing titles to insults. Why the troll did not do that... because no moral backbone. If the troll answers my comment i will take a couple of days and find all those insults and expose evrything he/she has done... including real name.
For luck all the other people understand why the developers do the desisions they do.. you cant do everything everybody wants.
PS. the trips to hawaii were to bring all the core people physically together at least once a year, its like an hackathon and not vacations.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link

Dude... relax. I am barely active on the github repository, and all the bugs I reported are either still open or solved (in other words, they're legit). Sorry to disappoint.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link
https://whispersystems.org/

It is a OSS messaging app running on Android, iOS, and Chrome desktop; it combines ease of use and very strong encryption.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
Signal
https://whispersystems.org/

It is a OSS messaging app running on Android and iOS; it combines ease of use and very strong encryption.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
X Distro
http://xdistro.xyz/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because The organization itself want all non Internet user should get a basic access to internet. They don't stand any where near debian or Ubuntu but when we talk about Indians and their Internet use, The platform they are based on iz 96% windows and that too pirated so if we don't give them that secure base its hard to think for the trust we talking here. X Distro launched in 2014 got more than half million download so far which make them India's leading OS in the field of linux because they have crossed the Indian official OS name BOSS in their 6th months of release. Other than this they have always fought For INTERNET standard in India. In last year Org went against telecoms provider for Net Neutrality and Facebook free Basics. Other than that org iz working hard to give all indians a secure and clean platform which they can shift too directly from windows. So i hope directly or in Directly X Distro iz helping new user to connect with Internet as well as maintain their privacy.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Signal
www.whispersystems.org

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it has potential to provide encrypted communications for the masses.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Open Mailbox
https://openmailbox.org
They are a so reliable email service. Their project is not open-source but I feel they extremely need donations.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Freenet
https://freenetproject.org/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because they have created a small world network where you can safely communicate in hostile environments without worrying about censorship or anonymity. One of the devs has also created a Web of Trust plugin that allows truly anonymous identities be spam and censorship resistant.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
Keybase
https://keybase.io
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it enables people to verify friends identity in a safe and uncomplicated (well.. not yet but it's improving) manner.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

I love keybase too !

posted by AntoineJaris • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

I'm a big fan too ! Love the UX.

posted by LucBoiree • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Freenode
https://freenode.net/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because we love Freenode.

posted by player2 • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

OSTIF
ostif.org

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because we need to be able to trust critical software. Professional auditing of opensource security software such as OpenVPN, OpenSSL, VeraCrypt, and OTR is important. Sadly, very few projects are able to do it because of limited time and resources. This project will hire firms and give direct funding to improve free software. It was previously endorsed by OpenVPN and VeraCrypt , but did not receive enough funding to complete their kickstarter effort.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

BriarProject
briarproject.org

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it allows people to connect securely with each other even when there is no internet. This is crucial for people who want to have encrypted communications even if governments or other authorities blocked internet access. Besides the Android app, they are building a protocol that could be used by anyone with new projects.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

The CrypTech project

https://cryptech.is/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because the CrypTech project is developing an open-source hardware cryptographic engine design that meets the needs of high assurance Internet infrastructure systems that use cryptography. The open-source hardware cryptographic engine must be of general use to the broad Internet community, covering needs such as securing email, web, DNSsec, PKIs, etc.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Let's Encrypt

https://letsencrypt.org/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it greatly simplifies the process of setting up a secure website and managing your certificates. Easy (and free) access to cryptographic certificates makes it easier for individual and small businesses to communicate securely and trust that their communications are safe and confidential.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

I'll second this :) Let's Encrypt is definitely raising the standard of trust by making SSL certs as affordable as they'll ever get!

posted by steveglick • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

HTTPS for all !!

posted by LucBoiree • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Snowdrift.coop
https://snowdrift.coop/how-it-works

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it aims to provide sustainable funding to Free/Libre/Open projects.
And this will help open source projects and services to have a durable funding model. Allowing them to compete with proprietary ones that are more likely to end up betraying their users.
Currently the open source community hasn't found a business model for many projects and Snowdrift.coop is a huge step toward fixing that.

More detailed intro.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Freenet

https://freenetproject.org/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it creates a censorship resistant and anonymous environment in which people can communicate, share ideas, and content; there is no central authority that you need to trust that could possibly be misplaced it is only you and whoever you decide to share with - nobody else in between that shouldn't be there. The full-time Freenet developer has also made many improvements to the official web of trust plugin, literally creating trust in an anonymous environment!

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Since I can't edit I will attach this because I felt my nomination post was lacking:

Freenet

project page:
https://freenetproject.org/

I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because it creates a censorship resistant and anonymous environment in which people can communicate, share ideas, and content; there is no central authority that you need to trust that could possibly be misplaced it is only you and whoever you decide to share with - nobody else in between that shouldn't be there. Freenet has also been in development for over 15 years and is a huge program that needs the care of a full time developer! Currently their full time developer Xor has been hard at work for the past 2 years improving the official web of trust plugin for Freenet, literally creating trust in an anonymous environment and cuts down on things like spam which are usually a problem in an anonymous environment; he will most likely be be working on this for the next year as well.

additional reading:
https://wiki.freenetproject.org/Web_of_trust
https://freenetproject.org/news.html#20151212-donation-appeal

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

or shorter: I believe this project is raising the standards of trust online, because in Freenet people don’t need to trust any centralized instance to communicate securely.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
Arduino
arduino.org
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because brings together the great community of makers, and while share everything they are doing, others learn, and can bring solutions to major problems of mankind.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Mailpile
https://www.mailpile.is/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because their user-friendly, self-hosted email client, with built-in support for PGP encryption, can put control of email back in the hands of users rather than corporations like Microsoft and Google, and provide private and secure email to everyone.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
Debian
https://www.debian.org/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because without Debian it would not be possible to build such great things like Tails and maintain great services like Riseup.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
Riseup
https://help.riseup.net/
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because they provide great service (secure email, VPN) and support activists all over the world with reliable stuff.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Adblock
https://adblockplus.org
I believe this project is raising the standard of trust online because since I've installed it my data consumption has decreased while I maintain the same browsing experience. It blocks malicious pop-ups as well as annoying ad bars on pages (even YouTube) at the script level. These ads have a strong chance in being malicious in most websites outside the domain of reputable website hosts (Google, Yahoo, Wordpress etc. which is about 20% of the internet).

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

I would say you can totally replace adblock with the Privacy Badger. It's a smarter, more ethical idea. Also, it was built on adblock's code. I think I'd rather fund the Privacy Badger directly (which was done last year) than Adblock, but we'll see which projects get picked :)

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

I would mention that uBlock Origin is better, and doesn't have the "trusted ads" whitelist.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link

Agreed. Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin are kinda orthogonal. I'd love to see work on integrating them with the Tor Browser.

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 1 month ago Link