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STARTTLS Everywhere: Securing the Delivery of Email

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STARTTLS Everywhere is a program that system administrators can use to quickly—and easily—secure and authenticate connections between email servers.

While email is used and relied on by one third of the world’s population, it remains very vulnerable to a variety of surveillance methods. STARTTLS is one of the solutions developed for mail providers to exchange emails securely, but even when it is used, repressive actors can easily disable it, and it lacks a mechanism to ensure emails are delivered securely. STARTTLS Everywhere aims to solve these problems by creating a program that system administrators can use to easily configure the infrastructure that receives and delivers email to do so in a more secure manner.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2017 $200,000 12 months
Core Infrastructure Fund

Total Funding: $200,000

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication

Objective(s)

  • Software or hardware development
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • General public

Region(s)

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Server daemon

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