December, 23rd 2013
Press release from #youbroketheinternet
Between Christmas and New Year's an international group of Hackers and cryptography experts
will meet-up at the 30th annual Chaos Communication Congress, the 30C3, in order to reflect upon
how internet software needs to be conceived in order to make monitoring of communications
impossible beyond legal regulations.
Edward Snowden made it clear that the total surveillance of the Internet isn't a figment of some
conspiracy theorists, but bleak reality. Not only because it offends and trespasses on people's
sense of the right to privacy, it also leads to industrial espionage that causes economic losses
in the billions. "A person under surveillance is never free; and a society under ubiquitous
surveillance is no longer a democracy." The former is a clear statement made by authors around
the world in their recently published manifesto "Democracy in the Digital Age".
If we are keen on upholding the very substance of our democracy and system of free market economy,
then we are obliged to do something about it. That is why an international group of Hackers and
cryptography experts will meet between Christmas and New Year's in Hamburg at the 30th Annual Chaos
Communication Congress, the 30C3. The project, coined #youbroketheinternet, was devised for the
purpose of engendering a debate on how Internet software should be conceived so that it will not
be surveillable any longer. Numerous ideas have been developed and experimented with in the last
few years in smaller projects on the subject. The ultimate goal of #youbroketheinternet is to
encourage developers of said projects to engage in discussion with one another, as well as to
coordinate specific projects in the field and find concensus on issues such as secure Internet
Data retention and Internet monitoring can be rendered futile with the aid of modern cryptography
technologies as well as with a concealment of the lines of communication. The voracious vampire squid
of Faceboogle can be starved through direct, decentralized yet efficient mechanisms of news
distribution to circles of friends within hundreds of millions of participants in order to halt
the commercial exploitation of personal data. Incorruptible, decentralized mechanisms for the
purpose of authentification and identification of computer and user identities and their public
keys will ultimately supercede the compulsory trust in certification authorities.
#youbroketheinternet will also propell the development of operating systems and hardware
without "backdoors" as well as neighbourhood networks based on WLAN that are no longer dependent
on telecommunications service providers. And it has become evident that the new software will only
be widely accepted when it is easy to use.
But one thing is now clear; the people's trust in the integrity of the software industry is
indeed compromised. Therefore, a new and trustworthy software can only be comprised of free and
open software. Developing software in groups that are scattered around the world is a project
management challenge. The financing for the development and future maintenance of a free and
open software without commercial exploitation, will primarily be based on a donation basis
similar to the Linux community. At present, Wau Holland Foundation supports the activities
for the preparations of this endeavour.
event calender for #youbroketheinternet
November, 4th 2013
Public Pond server at the WHS
Everyone can get a free account on our Pond
server. Pond (still experimental!) realizes a new form of asynchronous message exchange (like EMail),
but with OTR encryption (like XMPP/OTR) and no visible metadata at all - so you can have totally secure,
anonymous communication that will not allow adversaries to generate any form of communication profile
between peers whatsoever.
We consider this to be the next-generation email protocol. The address of our pond server is: