The other week we covered the crowdfunded initiative out of Iceland, MailPile, which seeks to provide easy to use secure email in response to the revealed NSA programs. They've raised $135,000 out of their $100,000 goal, and theres 6 more days for more wallets to get involved.
Well, sorta. PayPal has frozen their account, so $45,000 of the $135,000 they've raised so far is in a state of limbo. According to designer and front-end developer Brennan Novak on the company's blog, PayPal is reserving the right to hold onto the money unless they come up with a budgetary breakdown of how they plan to use the donations.
The NSA warrantless wiretapping revelations have caused the general public to reconsider how they communicate online, but even if a nontechnical person wanted to communicate more securely it's tough to find a user-friendly solution. Our readers may be reminded of Sweden's Heml.is, which crowdfunded and is currently building a secure mobile messaging app. Also hopping on this trend, a Reykjavik, Iceland based team is crowdfunding a webmail client with a security-focused twist.
The project, called Mailpile, has already reached its $100,000 goal, and currently has over $117,000 raised with 15 days left in their round. They're building a free software web-mail program that you run on your own computer, putting your data into your own hands.