Mailpile is an Icelandic start-up born in 2013 which has successfully raised USD$163,192 in community funds from 3,639 people on their Indiegogo campaign. A privacy-based email client making an effort to reclaim private communication on the Internet, it is written by a small team of open source veterans and privacy advocates based in Reykjavík.
The birth of Mailpile
Ever since the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks confirming what many had long suspected that our emails are troves for cybercriminals or government organisations (such as NSA) to invade our privacy, the idea of Mailpile was born with its developers passionately fighting to provide a modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. Mailpile’s project really took off and gained widespread support after the Lavabit case, whereby the Texas-based secure email provider was forced into shutting down its operations after refusing to comply to a secret order from a federal judge in Virginia demanding that they hand over their private SSL key to enable authorities to access Edward Snowden’s email, along with 400,000 other emails belonging to Lavabit’s other users (Lavabit had only a single private SSL key).
“I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.”– Ladar Levison, Lavabit owner, warns cryptically on the company’s front page.
Vitals of Mailpile’s current release
Although the Mailpile team of developers would like to advise that Mailpile 1.0 is still in development and is not suitable for production or end-user use, however developers and early adopters are encouraged to give its Beta III version a try and even help them find bugs, fix them or develop new features.
Source of screenshots: Tech Crunch
This release’s code name is “What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)”. The main focus of this release is simplicity and stability.
Current release: Beta III version
Next Milestone: 1.0
Code: Python, JS, HTML5
Highlights of the latest release include:
Download Mailpile’s Beta III.
Excited for Mailpile?
Mailpile still remains independent and continues not being funded by the US government, or any government. It still remains crowd-funded by the passionate community who believe the world needs a better free software webmail solution.
If you would like to see this project go further, you can donate to this project, or if you are feeling ambitious, check out Mailpile’s codes and send them a patch or a bug report. Otherwise, feel free to simply share this campaign if you are excited for Mailpile to turn into a reality, or give the software a try when it is ready!
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