June, 8th, 2016
DEEP CABLES: Uncovering the Wiring of the World
Hackers, engineers, investigative journalists, writers, researchers, artists and activists unveil
how the Internet really works, how it is secretly structured, and in which way interlinked land and
undersea network cables influence our political, cultural and everyday life.
"Art & Evidence" conference series by Disruption Network Lab.
The 8th event of the Disruption
Network Lab at Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin. Directed by
February, 22nd, 2016
Wau Holland Foundation at the Logan Symposium in Berlin
The Logan CIJ Symposium brings together a
unique and powerful coalition of individuals with a single goal — the defence of freedom and
democracy. Join the second gathering to be held in Berlin on March 11-12, 2016 at bcc (Berlin Congress
Over the years, facts like those revealed by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden have made clear that we
are all vulnerable. Our human rights are at risk. For journalists, the disclosures impacted what we do
and, importantly, how we do it. Remarkably, we also discovered allies we didn’t know we had.
Journalists offer “white hat” hackers a social and political context, and are specialists in the
presentation and interpretation of facts for a broader audience. Hackers, experts in exposing and
protecting critical evidence-based material, bring formidable skills and access to information in
our increasingly data-driven society.
If you care about the future of individual freedom and democracy — join us.
The symposium is organized by the Center of Investigative Journalism (London) and funded by the
Reva & David Logan Foundation (US). It is sponsered by SPIEGEL and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.
The Wau Holland Foundation will be present at the event with its own stand — you are
invited to visit us for a talk on the foundation and its goals: freedom of information, freedom
of communication and informational self-determination.
Two board members of the foundation will be directly involved in the events: Andy Müller-Maguhn
will moderate the panel "Tools and Tactics" on Friday between 2pm and 4pm; Bernd Fix will moderate
the panel "Today’s Investigative Platforms" on Saturday between 11:30am and 1pm.
November, 2nd, 2015
Wau Holland Foundation and the GNOME Project sign agreement
The Wau Holland Foundation and the GNOME project have signed an agreement for the collection of
donations in Europe. The Wau Holland Foundation will support the free and open-source desktop system GNOME
by providing a donation account for the project. The donations are spent in coordination
with the GNOME project, especially for organizing European events related to the
Friends of GNOME project.
February, 2nd, 2015
Re-Enactment of the "Wau-Pengo-Debate (1989)" at the 31C3
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
if you can benefit from a donation receipt by a Germany charity
you may donate to our GnuPG account.
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
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.
Read more about this interesting art project
at their webpage and
to the crowdfunding
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.
March, 27th 2014
Vision paper of the YBTI working group released
YouBrokeTheInternet, or YBTI is an initiative whose work focuses on the
next-generation of Internet. Snowden's revelations have shown that the
previously supported projects
unhosted do not suffice to repair
the Internet. The Master Plan is in fact,
"Redesigning the Internet for the 21st Century".
WHS sponsorship for Tor Exit Nodes
The Wau Holland Foundation - in close cooperation with the
Tor project - sponsors the operation
of Tor exit nodes. Operators running a high-bandwidth exit node can apply for support at the WHF:
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:
May, 20th, 2013
Transparency Report 2012 for "Project 04: Enduring freedom of information" (WikiLeaks)
Download as PDF:
This is the third transparency report published by the Wau Holland Foundation for
"Project 04: Enduring Freedom of Information" which supports WikiLeaks. The following
table gives an overview of the chronological development of donations (incoming funds)
and project expenses (outgoing funds) for the years 2010 to 2012:
*) The difference between incoming and outgoing funds is the volume
of the reserve fund, which was allocated by the Foundation in 2011 to cover
potential follow-up costs (for example, taxation resulting from the loss of
Wau Holland Foundation's charitable status) and necessary administrative
expenditures for the project. This reserve fund is to be continued in 2013.
As is evident from this table, the number of donations over the past two years has
declined substantially, and is currently no longer able to provide the earlier levels
support for the project.
Since January 2013, the Foundation has only been able to cover expenditures in
essential infrastructure, such as servers. Better support for the project will only
be made possible by an increase in donations for Project 04 in 2013; the Foundation
nonetheless remains committed to continuing its support for WikiLeaks in such a case.
The WHF publishes its transparency report for "Project 04: Enduring freeedom of information" (WikiLeaks).
ON OUR OWN BEHALF -- December 12th, 2012
Charitable status of the
Wau Holland Foundation
With a letter from the Hamburg tax authorities, the Wau Holland Foundation's
charitable status (tax exemption) was reinstated, applying retroactively for 2011.
Therefore all donations (EU-wide) from the years 2011 and 2012 are tax-deductible
for the donors.
Please note that for donations amounting to less than 200€ per year you
don't need a specific donation receipt from us to have your donation counted as
tax-deductible. In such a case, you are required to pass your money transfer
receipt and the so-called
to your local tax authorities.
For donations exceeding 200€ or more per year, please use the
web form to request your donation receipt. We will
try to process your request as soon as possible.
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.
ON OUR OWN BEHALF -- November 5th, 2012
Charitable status of the
Wau Holland Foundation
History of the revocation
The fiscal authorities in Kassel revoked 
the charitable status of the Wau Holland Foundation (WHF) after an intervention by
the Hessian Ministry of the Interior
towards the end of 2010. As the reason for this decision, the authorities stated
that the foundation violated the "principle of selflessness" by collecting
donations and financing the "WikiLeaks" project.
Under the "principle of selflessness (§ 55 AO)", a foundation
may not primarily pursue economic (commercial) purposes, but can only use the money
to further their own goals. The withdrawal of the charitable status by the fiscal
authorities is difficult to understand for two reasons. First, the tax office had
not received any accounting records from the year 2010 at all which would justify
such a decision. Second, the RP Kassel as supervisory authority issued a press release
 in early December that made it clear that the promotion of
WikiLeaks is in accordance to the statutes of the Foundation.
Perhaps this is why the fiscal authorities in Hamburg, which inherited
the controversial procedure after the relocation of the Foundation, changed the reasoning
and pursued the case as a "violation of the principle of immediacy (§ 57 AO)" instead.
Auditing and legal procedure
The WHF commissioned a law firm specializing in foundation and tax law
to represent their interests and put an objection against the decision .
In subsequent proceedings, there was an audit of whether the Foundation had met the "requirement
of immediacy" in 2010; the question of whether the foundation spent its money according to its
statutes was no longer in dispute.
The "principle of immediacy" allows a non-profit organization to engage
auxiliary staff to achieve its goals, but requires that it must establish traceable and
binding control procedures.
In late 2009 and early 2010 the WHF had negotiated oral agreements with the
"WikiLeaks" project; these arrangements were written down in a contract with a WikiLeaks
project manager at the end of 2010. The written contract defined the objectives, responsibilities
and the control processes for receiving money from the foundation. Although the spirit of said
contract had been adhered to by all parties involved throughout the entirety of 2010 the the
tax office did not acknowledge that the immediacy had been [ upheld ?] preserved and rejected
our appeal against the decision after an 18 month audit .
In order to finally bring an end to these proceedings after all the lengthy
deliberation, the WHF agreed with the tax office in Hamburg not to further appeal against this
rejection  and was thus able to have the charitable status reinstated
retroactively for the year 2011 and thereafter.
We have learned through this procedure, what contractual conditions are
required to finance projects through the Foundation. Regretfully, we have had to inform all
donors from 2010, that their donations were not tax-deductible. Notwithstanding, these donations
were used for the purposes specified by the donor.
As soon as we receive the reinstatement of the charitable status from the
tax office, we will be able to send out the respective donation receipts for the years 2011
and 2012. For donations up to 200€ (accumulated), it is sufficient for the donor to present
the payment document together with the charitable status document
(Freistellungsbescheid), which can then
be downloaded from this website.
The projects that are promoted by the Wau Holland Foundation can be found by
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- Entzug der Gemeinnützigkeit durch das FA Kassel (2011-01-07)
- Emails zwischen Innenministerium und Regierungspräsidium
- Innenminster an Stiftungsaufsicht (2010-12-10)
- Stiftungsaufsicht an Innenminister (2010-12-16)
- Innenminister an Stiftungsaufsicht (2011-01-05)
- Presseerklärung des RP Kassel (2011-01-07)
- Einspruch gegen den Finanzamtsbescheid (2011-01-11)
- Einspruchsentscheidung des Finanzamts Hamburg-Nord (2012-10-25)
- Klageverzicht der WHS (2012-10-29)
December, 27th - 30th
The WHF will have its one area in the assembly section of the 29C3 in Hamburg.
All congress participants are invited to talk the foundation about
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
Wauland is everywhere!