On Thursday ProPublica published the frustrating tale of Werner Koch, the one guy – yes really – who’s maintaining the extremely widely-used Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) software that people use to encrypt their email messages and digitally authenticate downloadable programs such as the Tor Browser.
As the article revealed, Germany-based Koch was raising around ,000 a year for his work, not enough for someone supporting a wife and kid. A crowdfunding campaign he began in December had only pulled in ,000 – way less than he needed to employ a second full-time developer for the project. Well, the article worked.
Read more at GigaOM.