CryptoRights Foundation

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The CryptoRights Foundation, Inc. (CRF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Francisco. The CryptoRights Foundation helps human rights groups and other NGOs use encryption to protect their online communications.[1][2] It has contributed to encryption standards such as PGP[3] IPsec and HighFire. The organization was founded in February 1999[4] by five cryptology experts led by Dave Del Torto.[5]

Significant technology projects include the development of HighFire ("Human rights Firewall"), a distributed communications platform for private NGO communications (on a miniaturized PC called the FireBox, about the size of a cable modem), and the related HighWire, a wireless human rights communications networking project based on the open source Software Defined Radio source code now maintained at GnuRadio. CRF provides free security training and support for human rights and journalism organizations on the use of cryptography.[6] A CRF team also developed the GPG plug-in for SquirrelMail.


  1. ^ Goodenough, Patrick (July 28, 2000). "'Data Haven' Offers Snooping-Free Internet Service". Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Encryption Backers Brace for New Threats". Associated Press. March 31, 2003. 
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  4. ^ Kettmann, Steve (August 13, 2001). "Hackers: Wake Up and Be Useful". Wired. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ Stark, Thom (December 1, 2000). "They Might Be Giants". Boardwatch Magazine. pp. n.12, v.14, p.122. 
  6. ^ Will Rodger, "Safe Haven", Interactive Week, v.8, no. 28, p.30 (July 16, 2001).

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