Like last year
, we're donating 10% of 2011 gross revenue to FOSS related projects. The final numbers aren't in, but it should be a much more substantial number this time (on the order of $10K).
Also like last year, half of it will be directed by the company and half of it will be directed by you, the DuckDuckGo community. Last time we ended up doing
a theme of security and privacy, which we could re-do or go in another direction.
In any case, we'd love your nominations and suggestions. There were some already made on the other thread, which I'm re-printing here:
How about ReactOS? It's an open source operating system that aims to be binary-compatible with Windows. Sadly, due to lack of funds, they haven't gotten as far as they'd like to.
I nominate the Tor Project again this year because of stuff like this 28c3 talk. If "no" because they got kickbacks last year (or because they get some substantial support from the U.S.A. State Dept and other spooks) then I nominate The I2P Project which is a competing network that hasn't gotten the press attention or cash/code contribution that Tor receives. I still believe Tor is the "right" choice. Only offer an alternative should they not be allowed back to back funding two years in a row.
This is particularly important because people are risking their lives and being killed out there for using the network to retrieve and disseminate information. That's what search engines are all about. Information.
Aside from The Network™, client-side document security/privacy is important too. So I also nominateTrueCrypt because they pretty much solved this problem (and then some!) and they are doing it gratis. (Plus they didn't get any cash last year ;)
Maybe a Mod (im looking at you green since you bumped it ;) should fork this thread and move the posts from this year into that one lest this one's size becomes unruly.