DuckDuckGo FOSS Donations 2012

We just made our Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) donations for 2012. Like the previous two years, we directed half of our donations to projects we use internally and half using suggestions from our community.


On the company side we picked two projects we use a lot:


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We gave $5000 to the OpenStreetMap Foundation who “provide[s] free geographic data, such as street maps, to anyone.” We use this data on DuckDuckGo via the OpenMapquest API to show maps on addresses and local searches.

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We also gave $5000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation who among other great things makes HTTPS Everywhere, “a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.” We use the open-source HTTPS Everywhere rulesets on DuckDuckGo to send you to encrypted versions of sites when you click on links after searching.
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At FixTracking.com, we recommend everyone install HTTPS Everywhere. For the community contributions, we continued the FixTracking theme and donated to these community suggestions:


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$2000 to Riseup who provides secure email and mailing lists, especially to activist organizations. In their words: Riseup “provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.”

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$2000 to the F-Droid Repository, “an easily-installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The server contains the details of multiple versions of each application, and the Android client makes it easy to browse, install them onto your device, and keep track of updates.”

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$2000 to NoScript, a Firefox Extension that “allow[s] active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.”

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$2000 to Cryptocat, which “lets you chat with privacy… [A]n easy to use web app that encrypts your conversations. It’s open-source, translated into 32 languages and you already know how to use it.”

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And last but not least, $2000 to JavaScript Blocker, which brings similar NoScript functionality to the Safari Web browser. In their words it “puts you in control of which scripts are allowed on any given website…mak[ing] your browsing experience safer, more secure, and more enjoyable.

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    list (and DDG) all...very good services...software here....
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