DuckDuckGo, the privacy search engine that does not track its users, has made a $25,000 contribution to the OSTIF, with the funds earmarked for the VeraCrypt project. These funds will be instrumental in supporting our goals of strengthening VeraCrypt and will directly assist the project in moving forward.
DuckDuckGo's business model is significantly different from
It has been a while since we have told you all what we are up to. We have a number of news items to cover in the coming weeks, including updates to our transparency, bringing on additional staff, development of guide videos for all of our supported software applications on YouTube, work we are
The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund is now a Tax-Exempt Charity
Today we received official word from the US Department of the Treasury, that our application for 501c3 non-profit status has been accepted. This means that we are now exempt from being taxed as a corporation in the United States, and that people from the
Our KickStarter has just ended and we have learned a lot about how to raise money for our supported projects. We faced a number of challenges that were difficult to overcome in the short window that we had while the KickStarter was live. We have extensively evaluated every aspect of the effort and got
I would like to thank Mike from HTPCguides.com for assisting us with migrating our servers to Linux, optimizing their performance and hardening our complex infrastructure in order to get ready for our KickStarter.
We used two guides in particular:
(no, our servers are not running Raspberry Pis, we used the 2nd guide to install and configure
We have just submitted our KickStarter project for final approval. We will hear back in 24-48 hours on final approval and be ready for launch!
We are uploading videos to YouTube, reaching out to privacy companies, and gearing up to make waves in the privacy community!
Spread the word, donate and most importantly use and support
In our efforts to chase down a nasty bug in Microsoft IIS that caused first time visitors to get timeout errors, we uncovered a number of serious performance issues with the site.
I (Derek) have spent the last two days migrating the site completely to free software.
The site is now over four times as fast
We are revealing our KickStarter project image. This is the image that you will first see for us on the site when the campaign begins!
Credit goes to Zach Graves for creating the
We are releasing our final goals for the OSTIF Kickstarter project. This includes four sets of goals, from our primary goals to three sets of stretch goals should we exceed funding for our primary goal. The figures we have reached are based on multiple price quotes for services from companies that we would entrust
We have agreed upon our rewards that we will be offering for Kickstarter to donors that support our cause. We've tried to balance giving our donors well deserved recognition and rewards with keeping the overhead for the donation drive down.
The (tentative) rewards will be as follows:
Donate up to $30
A big warm thank you for