The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke | ProPublica

Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.

In 1997, Werner Koch attended a talk by free software evangelist Richard Stallman. Stallman urged the crowd to write their own version of existing encryption software. Inspired, Koch decided to try. „I figured I can do it,“ he recalled. (Willi Nothers for ProPublica)

 

[…]

 

Werner Koch wrote the software, known as Gnu Privacy Guard, in 1997, and since then has been almost single-handedly keeping it alive with patches and updates from his home in Erkrath, Germany. Now 53, he is running out of money and patience with being underfunded.

via 

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht.