ObjectivePGP goes Open Source

I have changed my mind

I'm a just developer who like to make stuff. A few months ago I stated:

Nowadays, programmers are looking for (I have seen it particularly in the case of iOS programmers) ready-made controls and libraries to be used in another project for their clients. There are less and less people who think of assisting in any way in the development of the used piece of code (it is more likely that the amendment will be placed in a private fork and never find its way to the source), while it has never been as easy as it is now with GitHub. This is my opinion — you can agree with it or not. Still, I decided that ObjectivePGP will not be another project like that. Sorry for not being R. Stallman. I truly encourage everyone to join me so we could release it one day to the public, together.

Today I still agree on that. A lot (not all) of programmers (just like car mechanics) use parts, don't build, don't even fix what is broken, simply take another part. It does not use bad parts, and it's not pushing things forward.

Anyway... recently I had less and less time to work on ObjectivePGP - it was fun to build it, but today my motivation is much lower. Overall feedback was mediocre. Meantime I created Privacy app, started pet project named CryptoSwift, and Natalie, even build a game Chorus Birdie, and finally, I have a family life.

All this lead me to change my mind and starting today ObjectivePGP is going Open Source. I hope you can help me make it better. I hope this attract developers to contribute and to improve codebase, not only use it. There is a whole lot stuff to be done yet, and if you expect decent PGP solution for iOS/OSX, you should join.

Git repository: https://github.com/krzyzanowskim/ObjectivePGP

the licence

It is open source and covered by a standard 2-clause BSD license. That means you have to mention Marcin Krzyżanowski as the original author of this code and reproduce the LICENSE text inside your app.

You can purchase a Non-Attribution-License to not having to include the LICENSE text. I steal the idea from Oliver Drobnik. I also accept sponsorship for specific enhancements which you might need. Please contact me via email for inquiries.

The talk

Speaking of... I had a pleasure to gave a talk about ObjectivePGP, during Mobile Warsaw meetup


OpenPGP is old technology, and this 20-year-old technology is still good enough to resist NSA, according to news from Spiegel:

PGP is more than 20 years old, but apparently, it remains too robust for the NSA spies to crack. "No decrypt available for this PGP encrypted message," a further document viewed by SPIEGEL states of emails the NSA obtained from Yahoo.

Recently Google is pushing their new privacy project End-To-End that is using OpenPGP.

However when it comes to privacy issue... I've noticed that, apart from what TechCrunch is saying, privacy is quite a niche in these days. Check this comment:

No offense, but the whole private encrypted messages sounds a little silly. If the NSA or whoever wants to know what you are saying to people, they wouldn't bother with decryption, they could just tap the keystrokes if they needed to: P

NSA did a good job here. Of course, this is USA-centric, but this is the picture of current mindset of the people on the internet.

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