Awesome Stuff: More Crowdfunding Attempts At Private And Secure Communications
from the creating-a-market dept
Back in July, we did one of our weekly awesome stuff crowdfunding posts about a variety of new crowdfunding projects designed to keep communications and activites online private and away from snooping governments. That was only a month into the NSA revelations. Last month, we wrote about a few more projects that would help people keep their data private, including the mail service Mailpile, who was back in the news this week. We’ve suggested that all these revelations would lead a number of individuals and companies to look to build more secure and private systems, so we’re back this week with two more crowdfunding projects that put security and privacy at the top of their lists.
- First up, we’ve got Trsst, which is more or less a distributed secure RSS-based platform that can be used to effectively create Twitter/Tumblr/blog-like features for public posting, but which also allows encrypted posting via public key encryption.
- Next up is Mailelf, who, like MailPile, are trying to build a much easier to use encrypted email system. There are a few things in the description that leave me scratching my head about what exactly it is they’re building, and frankly, the fact that it’s not entirely clear is a bit of a strike against the whole system. Is it local client software? Is it more like Mailvelope? Unclear. But it’s still good to see more attempts at making encrypted email much more user-friendly.
It’s definitely good to see more projects with this sort of focus, though it feels like we need a few more big projects, perhaps from larger companies that are much more focused on true security combined with ease of use before it really takes off.