GnuPG: new website and infrastructure

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Fertiggestellt am 07 / 02 / 2014
£ 30,967
£ 18,256
£ 20,233
1072 Kofinanzierer
  • Unterstützend £ 4

    Listed donor on

    To thank you for your support your name will be added to the page of donors on the new website. Choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.

    > 152 Kofinanzierer
  • Unterstützend £ 10

    GnuPG laptop sticker

    New stickers especially for this campaign. They're the first GnuPG stickers ever made, and a slick way to show your support for powerful crypto.

    > 360 Kofinanzierer
  • Unterstützend £ 30

    Limited edition GnuPG tshirt

    Crypto is cool. Wear your support with this organic and fair trade high quality cotton tshirt.

    > 294 Kofinanzierer
  • Unterstützend £ 51

    An address

    Choose your own address at These email aliases are exclusive and have never been available before.

    > 193 Kofinanzierer

Über dieses Projekt

The world needs GnuPG encryption more than ever - a new website, new design, and new content will make strong crypto friendly.

Bedarf Infrastruktur Minimum Optimum
Transaction and Goteo costs
Goteo charges 8% for using their services, and transaction costs for banks and PayPayal are another 3%, totalling 11%.
£ 1,034
Bedarf Material Minimum Optimum
Rewards for donors
Costs for sticker printing and t-shirt manufacture for donor rewards. Includes costs for free shipping to Europe.
£ 4,881
Bedarf Aufgabe Minimum Optimum
Build new website
Install, configure, theme, and test the new website.
£ 3,418
New server setup and configuration
The new website will run on a new server. This needs to be installed and configured.
£ 118
Crowdfunding preparation & launch
Preparing the crowdfunding campaign requires many tasks, including contacting potential donors, setting up and managing new social media accounts, designing drafts of the new website, writing blogs and updates about progress, creating the Goteo pages and references, collecting quote from users, building mailing lists, taking photos for promotion, and contacting journalists.
£ 3,747
Releasing GnuPG 2.1
First released as beta in 2010, GnuPG 2.1 includes many new features and fixes, some of which are critical to 3rd party apps. Version 2.1 will finally be released with currently open bugs resolved.
£ 5,058
Website design
Design of the new website, including: - Base template design - Homepage design - Mobile site design - Blog / news pages design - Logo polishing - Subscription / donation page special design - Download page special design - Manual (guidebook) pages design
£ 1,210
New website content (text, pictures)
Creation of new website content, including: - Signing party photos - Client application photos - Homepage (landing page) text - Collect new guides, courses, vids, etc. - Write new cryptoparty page content - Agree text for tie-ins with related apps
£ 767
Gesamt £ 18,256 £ 20,233

Allgemeine Informationen

GnuPG is the world's privacy protector. It guards emails, files, and apps from snooping and spying. The new GnuPG website will bring bullet-proof privacy to the general public, provide a friendly face of Free Software cryptography, and allow the project to sustainably fund maintenance and development into the future. The new will be mobile and desktop ready with a fresh design, built for internationalisation, provide non-technical guidance for new users, and have built in management for future subscription donations.


  • Brand new GnuPG website
  • Release of GnuPG 2.1
  • Anonymous Tor network access to
  • New server for web infrastructure
  • New user friendly design optimised for desktop and mobile
  • Fresh download page catering to all devices
  • Updated collection of external videos, guides, and courses
  • New page for Cryptoparties
  • Continued availability of all existing pages and manuals
  • New subscription handling system for sustaining GnuPG development

Warum das wichtig ist

Recent government spying revelations have shown us how hard real privacy is to achieve, and how little of our information is really safe. GnuPG is one of the few tools that can offer real protection. Yet it remains popular primarily in only hi-tech circles, despite it's availability on Windows, Mac, and Gnu Linux, its ease of use, and the fact it's free of charge. We need to introduce new people to GnuPG and help them to start emailing safely and privately - the new GnuPG website will play an key role in making strong crypto desirable and accessible.

Why is strong privacy so important?

Faith in the privacy of our communications is necessary for:

  • Guarding trade secrets
  • Meaningful and fair negotiations
  • Protection and advancement of human rights
  • Academic exploration and development
  • Political freedom and democracy
  • Proper development from to adulthood - childish mistakes belong in the past

What makes GnuPG so secure?

It's Free Software - anyone can inspect its source code and check for back doors, and security experts frequently do. It's made by leading experts who were originally chosen by the German Government for their aptitude. It's build on rock solid cryptography principles that have been adopted industry-wide, and uses the OpenPGP Open Standard for compatiblity with other applications. It's so widely used that hundreds of companies have a vested interest in checking that it works the way it should. Unfortunately that doesn't mean they choose to donate to the project or support it in other ways. And it's even used by Phil Zimmerman, father of strong email and voice over IP encryption.

What difference will a new website make?

The existing GnuPG website dates back to 2002. It was built to provide easy access to technical documentation about the project. In 2013 GnuPG is now well accepted by technical security groups however, and we need to reach out to new audiences. We also need to make it easy for people to help sustain work on GnuPG into the future, by supporting subscriptions and encouraging donations.

Non-technical need encouragement to get over the few initial steps that setting up strong encryption takes. Faith in the relevance, usefulness, and power of GnuPG is affected by the the project homepage, and we need a new professional face to inspire a new generation of users to try it out, together with friendly introductions and pointers to additional resources.

A new website serves not only to boost the project's image and popularity short term therefore - it will found a sustainable development model for future maintenance and development of this foundation stone of digital security.


Ziele der Crowdfunding Kampagne

Making GnuPG more accessible and appealing via a new website, and providing the ability to accept regular donations from companies and individuals in future are the primary goals. GnuPG is a long term project - it's a pillar of digital privacy for today and tomorrow. Infrastructure for new web services and regular support transactions will help safeguard it's development in future.

Team und Erfahrung

After sixteen years of leading development of GnuPG, Werner wants to bring email encryption to the millions of people who have been shocked by the recent government spying revelations, and are want to secure their messages. He met Sam through the Free Software Foundation Europe, where Sam manages campaigns. The two of them laid out plans for a new outreach project for GnuPG at a meeting in Dusseldorf over fine Greek moussaka.

Werner has been writing enterprise software for more than 25 years. He specialises in cryptography development, security audits, and low-level coding. He is the original author of GnuPG and project leader.

Sam is a Free Software hacker, promoter, and campaigner. He directs the Document Freedom Day campaign for Open Standards, has spoken at conferences in many European countries, and recently led the encryption back-end rewrite for ownCloud Inc.'s file-hosting platform.

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