Facebook donates tens of thousands of dollars on GnuPG project




Facebook will donate now with another company tens of thousands of dollars to the developers of GnuPG. It wants to support his own words “the important work behind the open source implementation of the OpenPGP standard.

GnuPG logo Facebook made ​​Friday that it along with payment company Stripe $ 50,000 annually, equivalent of some 44,000 Euros, donating to the project. Facebook says the project with wanting to improve the annual donation.

GnuPG is an open source implementation of the OpenPGP standard, a common standard for encrypting include emails. German developer Werner Koch began seventeen years ago with the software, which is available for nearly all major operating systems.

GnuPG is including standard ingrained in the privacy-conscious Linux Distribution The Amnesic Incognito Live System, or Tails. That software is used NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and is characterized by an emphasis on protecting the privacy and anonymity. Last year left the software after five years the beta status.

Recently, a major campaign put launched to raise funds for the further development of the GnuPG project. It was raised over 177,000 euros by individuals, while EUR 120,000 was requested. Thanks to Facebook Donation and gifts include The Linux Foundation, the counter still higher. Founder Koch says to be satisfied with that.

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