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December 17th, 2014

Stand up for your rights

"Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies.

Bradley Chelsea Manning is serving thirty-five years in an American federal prison. Julian Assange has been confined in England for four years without a single charge brought against him. Edward Snowden is trapped in Moscow. We will honour their courage by erecting a monument, designed by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino.

We can help him achieve this tribute by signing up to support its construction by sending donations to meet the 150,000 € cost. Most statues in public spaces commemorate warriors.

The Dormino statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war. Manning, Assange and Snowden accepted their loss of freedom. While you remain free, thank them by erecting this reminder that we can refuse to collaborate with unaccountable power.

Charles Glass


Read more about this interesting art project at their webpage and donate to the crowdfunding


December 17th, 2014

Protect your privacy - Help GnuPG hire a second developer!

GnuPG is the world's leading privacy tool, with an estimated active user base of more than four million people world-wide, and a thousand new users each day. It guards emails, files, and programs from snooping and spying on Windows, Mac, and GNU/Linux. This crucial program needs your help to keep going in 2015 and beyond.

Ongoing government spying revelations have shown how little of our information is really safe. GnuPG is one of the few tools that can offer real protection. Edward Snowden used it to encrypt his communications with journalists. All companies and individuals running Free Software systems use it to protect their software against manipulation - sometimes without even knowing about it. Credit card data and backups are routinely encrypted through GnuPG, and the program will be needed for many years in the future to restore that data.

GnuPG this is free of charge for all those people around the world, but it costs money to develop and maintain. For more than a decade, g10code GmbH, the company owned and headed by GnuPG's principal author Werner Koch, has been bearing the majority of these costs. The project is seeking EUR 120,000 to carry on its work on GnuPG in 2015.

With this money, the project will:

  • hire a second developer to work on GnuPG
  • maintain the GnuPG software and documentation
  • put this vital bit of our privacy infrastructure on a more solid organisational footing, so that it will remain viable in the long term.

There are no fancy fundraising videos or goodies. Every cent of your donation will directly support the future development of GnuPG. Donors will be listed on the GnuPG website and in the next GnuPG release, unless they choose to remain anonymous.

You can directly donate to the GnuPG project; if you can benefit from a donation receipt by a Germany charity you may donate to our GnuPG account.

Survey for Investigative Journalists

The Wau Holland Foundation and the Center for Investigative Journalism, London have started a survey to improve online anonymity and safety for investigative journalists and their sources. More...


October 30th, 2014

NEWS: PayPal14 court trail ended yesterday

After four years defending themselves against the felony charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for what amounted to a digital sit-in on the website of PayPal in response to what they termed extra-legal censorship of WikiLeaks, 13 men and women, known as the PayPal 14 (one case was handled separately), were sentenced in San Jose, California.

Last year, 11 of the defendants plead to the felony per the terms of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice. The other two refused the plea agreement and plead to a misdemeanor.

Today, all 13 defendants had their felony counts dismissed today at sentencing. They were each sentenced to pay $5,600 restitution to PayPal: a total of roughly $80,000. For the 11 defendants who pled to a felony, their pretrial conditions were counted towards probation time. All defendants will remain on financial probation until they pay full restitution. For the two who plead to a misdemeanor, they will spend between 60 and 90 days in a half-way house in lieu of jail. All the defendants are still fundraising because those defendants who paid their restitution in full, took loans out to do so.

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Donations to Wau Holland Foundation are tax-deductable within the EU

As the tax exemption (charitable status) was reinstated, it applied retroactively for 2011 and 2012, thereafter enabling European citizens to make a tax-deductible donations to the Foundation. This was due to a ruling of the European Court in 2007 (Decision C‑318_07), which mandates that every EU country honor the tax exemption decisions of any other EU country.

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About us

We are a foundation related to the Chaos Computer Club, that was launched by close friends and the father of the deceased "information philosopher" Wau Holland (a.k.a. Herwart Holland-Moritz). The foundation aims to preserve and further Holland's unique ideas of free-thinking in the fields of freedom of communication and informational self-determination.

 

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