Encryption is not fun and easy. I fooled around a bit the Pretty Good Privacy
and found it frustrating and complicated to use. Fortunately, Edward Snowden's
revelations of just how intrusive the national security surveillance state is
has now provoked efforts to create user friendly encryption.
BlockPrism is a non-profit project launched by a group of computer science
students at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and a mechanical
engineering student at Stanford University in Palo Alto. They want to make
encryption easy by creating programming tools that allow seamless integration
across social media, without the user having to go through any trouble to
encrypt his or her messages. They explain in an email that as a prototype that
they have programmed a Chrome browser plugin, available in Facebook Chat here
(video). In order to complete development and to make it available on mobile
devices (iOS and Android), they have launched the indiegogo campaign.
The "zero knowledge" cloud storage company SpiderOak has developed Crypton, an
open-source software project that aims to make it easy for software developers
to create "zero knowledge" applications as way to stymie online surveillance
efforts. As _Infoworld_ reported:
> Crypton is essentially ...