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STARTTLS Everywhere: Securing the Delivery of Email

STARTTLS Everywhere is a program that system administrators can use to quickly—and easily—secure and authenticate connections between email servers.

While email is used and relied on by one third of the world’s population, it remains very vulnerable to a variety of surveillance methods. STARTTLS is one of the solutions developed for mail providers to exchange emails securely, but even when it is used, repressive actors can easily disable it, and it lacks a mechanism to ensure emails are delivered securely. STARTTLS Everywhere aims to solve these problems by creating a program that system administrators can use to easily configure the infrastructure that receives and delivers email to do so in a more secure manner.

Funding to date

$200 000
12 months
Total funding: 
$200 000
Core issues: 
Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
Technology development
Software or hardware development
General public
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
Technology focus
Server daemon

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