This summer the rumour was finally confirmed: somebody broke the Internet. We are inviting all projects that are providing a piece of the puzzle to create a GNU Internet stack that cuts out the man in the middle. We painted a map of these projects and placed them according to the architectural space they are filling. As you can see, none covers all required layers:

Yellow is for projects in development while green is for those that are available. Red illustrates brands that lose their monopoly condition once the respective layers are fully operational whereas light red indicates faulty technologies that we shall offer alternatives to. See the map page for elaboration on that.


We are preparing a EU law proposal to require obfuscated and end-to-end encrypted communications in all telephony and computer appliances sold after 2014. The law shall include ways to ensure its correct implementation and a transition path from the existing unencrypted systems. You can preview the draft legislation here.



Several recordings are available now.

  • Aleclm (SNAKE) - A friendship handshake evolving the Socialist Millionaire (webm, mp4)
  • vonlynX (secushare) - Usability horror lessons to learn from e-mail, PGP, RetroShare and more (webm, mp4)
  • Jan Borchardt (unhosted) - Open Source Design (webm, mp4)
  • Brennan Novak (mailpile) (webm, mp4)

  • Jacob Appelbaum - Pond (webm, mp4)
  • Leif Ryge - Tahoe-LAFS
  • Simon Levermann - Tox (webm, mp4)
  • Bart Polot - Telephony over GNUnet (webm, mp4)

  • Florian Dold - GNUnet's new cryptography
  • cjd - The edge of dystopia (webm, mp4)
  • Panel feat. I2P, cjdns, GNUnet and more
  • Gabor Toth - secushare multicasting over GNUnet (webm, mp4)
  • Moritz Bartl - Scaling the Tor network
  • von lynX - Distributed social networking over Onion Routing
  • Aleclm - Snake: a privacy-aware online social network providing anonymity of data at rest (webm, mp4)
  • Forthy - net2o reinvents the Internet: Secure, reliable, fast, lightweight
  • infinity0 - Terraforming Arrakis: long-term architecture of a new Internet

  • Haya Shulman (DNSSEC/DANE)
  • Dan J. Bernstein (DNSCurve)
  • Levin Keller (Namecoin)
  • Christian Grothoff (GNS, the GNU Name System)

Tragically, there are no recordings of this panel.

  • Jon Solworth - EthOS: an Operating System to make it far easier to write applications that withstand attack (webm, mp4)
  • Tanja Lange & Dan J Bernstein - NaCl: a Networking and Cryptography library improving security, usability and speed
  • Lunar - Reproducible Compilation: Challenges of building a deterministic Debian
  • Julian Kirsch - Knock: a Linux kernel patch for operating stealthy TCP servers

  • cjd - cjdns, Hyperboria & the Project Meshnet
  • Bart Polot - GNUnet Mesh Networking
  • Panel feat. Elektra (BATMAN, Freifunk)

Panel featuring:
  • Rop Gonggrijp (Founder of
  • Dominik (Byterazor)
  • Bunnie & Xobs (novena laptop)
  • Karsten Becker (PSHDL on FPGAs)
  • Peter Stuge (coreboot)
  • Dan & vonlynX (youbroketheinternet)
Video recording: (webm, mp4)

Summary of the 30c3 YBTI sessions + discussion on the legislation proposal for obligatory obfuscated and end-to-end encrypted communication: (webm, mp4)

It seems like there is no functional business model for privacy, that's why we cannot entrust companies or standards organisations to pull this off. The #youbroketheinternet assembly organized sessions at the 30c3 that invite people like you to contribute. In order to access the 30c3 website without certificate warnings you need to get friends with the CAcert community. If you need to know more, here are the press releases in English and German. Need the schedule as a single image?


On the week-end of August 24-25, 2013, we gathered at Berlin's CCC headquarters to develop a rough consensus on what the criteria should be for a GNU internet and to prepare for the upcoming sessions at 30C3.



This is the video from the talks given in Berlin on August 1st. Over 100.000 people have watched it already — so should you. The talks are in English, even though the welcoming words are in German.

... featuring:

Christian Grothoff's talk summarized the recent revelations about PRISM and their implications for non-American citizens, industries and governments. It then presented technical solutions towards a secure and fully decentralized future Internet, which would address key challenges for self-determined life created by the world-wide police state. Interesting details on this:
  • A new cryptographic method for a privacy-capable DNS/DNSSEC placement, called GADS (it was later renamed into GNS as in GNU Naming System).
  • A faster and smarter extensible messaging syntax than XML and JSON, called PSYC.
  • A strategy for distributed and liberated Internet search, called RegEx.

Carlo von lynX gave a presentation on how secushare intends to provide messaging and Facebook-like functionality on top of GNUnet. Keywords:

  • Scalability thanks to a new multicast pubsub layer for P2P;
  • Social graph vs. Onion routing;
  • Unsafety of your own server in an XKeyscore world.

Richard Stallman and Jacob Appelbaum reminded the audience of the relevance of free software, free hardware and the pervasive use of cryptography and responded to questions. Denis and Torsten spoke introductory and closing words.


This event was kindly hosted by the Piratenpartei Berlin.
Pirate politics is useful, but we are not a project of the Pirate movement.


You may have asked yourself, why GNU and not new? GNU stands for the civic freedoms provided by free software. Richard Stallman explains it nicely in the video mentioned above. The privacy requirements that we have for the new Internet cannot be met by non-free software.