Tech firms and activists join to launch free certificate authority

Hope this initiative is a success


Cisco, Akamai and Mozilla have launched a new free certificate authority (CA) called Let’s Encrypt that aims to, well, encourage people to encrypt users’ connections to their websites.

The launch of Let’s Encrypt, which also involves the [company]Electronic Frontier Foundation[/company] (EFF), the banking-oriented public key certificate authority IdenTrust and University of Michigan researchers, comes as the tech industry scrambles to encrypt the web as far as possible, following the mass surveillance revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The next version of the HTTP protocol will likely be encrypted by default. [company]Google[/company] will rank up sites that use SSL/TLS encryption. The content delivery and security outfit [company]CloudFlare[/company] is offering free SSL encryption for millions of its customers. And now Let’s Encrypt aims to equip websites with free certificates – the proof they need to tell users’ browsers that their public encryption keys are genuine and connection is properly secured.

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It’s definitely a great and inspiring post about Aaron

Amanda Mininger

Dear Aaron Swartz:

Sorry. I’m two days late to the Day of Hacktivism in your honor. Except I’m not a hacker and I’ve only just learned about you.

Some things I’m thinking about:

You don’t know me. I’m not your demographic. I’m usually about 10 years behind in technology. In fact, most technology and electronic-based anything bewilders me; just ask my colleagues. I don’t know why people want that level of noise in their lives, or why the urge to constantly “share” is awesome. Then again, you said in one of your blog posts that you don’t like to exclude anyone, so maybe you and I would have had something to talk about after all.

I don’t know you. All I know are the stories and anecdotes from the superb documentary that was made about you, The Internet’s Own Boy, given by your friends and family and colleagues and…

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