DuckDuckGo, one of the top search engine centered around anonymity and privacy, recently donated $25,000 each to nine (9) FLOSS projects. That is a total of $225,000!
For what started as a small project like DuckDuckGo to give away $25,000 to nine (9) FLOSS projects is a rare thing to hear and see in the anonymity, privacy, and FLOSS communities. From their humble beginning as an alternative search engine to Google and Bing, they are now helping other projects financially.
Here are the 4 projects I am glad were nominated and chosen:
- Freenet Project
Freenet is a decentralised and distributed deep DarkNet.
- GPGTools GPGMail
Anyone concerned with their privacy and security should be familiar with GPGTools and their many products like GPGMail. Signing emails, and encrypting it has been around for as long as emails has been invented. Their GPG tools make it easier for non-techies to do the same.
- Riseup Labs! LEAP project.
The Riseup Collective is a leading group in anonymity, privacy, and security development. Two of their popular services are Riseup Mail and Riseup Black (based on their own highly secure bitmask VPN; f. Riseup VPN). Riseup also provides support for Tails.
- TOR (The Onion Router) Project
TOR is a decentralised DarkNet. The network’s deepweb sites ends with .onion.
There are two other projects that I hope will be nominated and chosen next year:
Autistici/Inventati is an autonomous movement who were interested in technology and active in the fight for digital rights. They provide activists, groups and collectives with platforms for a freer communication and digital tools for privacy self-defence.
- I2P (Invisible Internet Project) Anonymous Network
I2P is a decentralised, highly encrypted and secure, very deep DarkNet.
I would have included Let’s Encrypt in the above list but they are already getting plenty of financial support from major organizations. I think DDG‘s donation campaign is for projects getting less financial support.
Source: Our 2016 Open Source Donations
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