The immediate project is to build several dozen (perhaps a few hundred) examples of a highly secure cell phone. The long-term goal is for this device to be mass-produced, such that encrypted telephone calls will become the standard in a few years.
Our development team:
Dave Chapman has 30 years experience doing real-time embedded Software, mostly in the field of digital communication systems. He has a bunch of degrees:
BS Computer Science Rensselaer
MS Semiconductor Physics Yale
Certificate in Linux Internals UCSC
Certificate in Computer Security Stanford
Mr X has over 30 years of experience doing digital communications systems and cryptography. He has participated in various Free Software projects.
Mr Y has over 30 years of experience doing real-time embedded systems, data acquisition, and real-time control. He has recent experience with cell phone development technology.
Mr Z has recent experience developing Android applications.
The project is expected to take between 4-6 months, and the phases look like this:
Acquire various cell phones, and evaluate the software development environment. Choose one.
Build a de-featured version of Android, which is incapable of running Facebook, Web Browsers, games, ssh, or other applications cause security problems. Test for leaks using WireShark. Release this software. The preliminary version name is “Android Clear Sky”.
- Load available crypto software. (RFC 6189 (ZRTP), RFC 3711 (SRTP), AES-128, and session key protoco (PFS) are the current front runners.) Verify operation using other crypto phone implementations.
Install encrypted file system for user information. Either Ecryptfs (gnupg file system) or FUSE (ntfs-3g) is the likely choice.
Write user interface. Major features include color-coded display, device unlock procedure, speed-dial compatibility mode, and secure USB driver.
Release Alpha software for public comment.
Update software based on comments received.
Release Beta software for public comment.
Update software as needed.
Release Mark I software, and deliver rewards to patrons.
What We Need & What You Get
We need money, and we need political support. I expect that the Federal government will attempt a variety of quasi-legal actions which are designed to stop this project.
Calling your Senator or Congressman and requesting that they stop any attempts to crush this project would be helpful. Even better would be to suggest that Members of Congress really need secure cell phones for themselves.
If this project is successful, strong cryptography and secure, private communications will be re-established as a natural right of American citizens.
Other Ways You Can Help
Tell your friends about this. Tell anyone who asks that you do not want the government listening to your phone calls.