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 OpenPGP[3] IPsec and GnuPG. The organization was founded on 26 February 1998 during a total solar eclipse (near maximum totality off the active volcanic Caribbean island of Montserrat[4]) on a boat chartered by attendees of the International Financial Cryptography Association conference on Anguilla [5] by Dave Del Torto and a group of fellow ″cypherpunk″ cryptology experts.[6]

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 that became 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.[7] A CRF team also developed the GPG plug-in for SquirrelMail.

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  1. ^ Goodenough, Patrick (July 28, 2000). "'Data Haven' Offers Snooping-Free Internet Service". Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Encryption Backers Brace for New Threats". Associated Press. March 31, 2003. 
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  4. ^ Fred Espenak. "Eclipses During 1998". NASA. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Kettmann, Steve (August 13, 2001). "Hackers: Wake Up and Be Useful". Wired. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stark, Thom (December 1, 2000). "They Might Be Giants". Boardwatch Magazine. pp. n.12, v.14, p.122. 
  7. ^ Will Rodger, "Safe Haven", Interactive Week, v.8, no. 28, p.30 (July 16, 2001).