Flowing Mail Promises A Completely Secure Email System That Will Alleviate Our Secrecy Concerns

October 15, 2013, By Daniel Rapcencu

With all the news of the NSA collecting emails from major servers such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, many people have growing concerns of the government snooping on their private communications. We need a method of easily encrypting email at our computers and ensuring only the intended recipient is able to decrypt that email. Every transport medium in between should not be able to even see who is sending and receiving the communication.

Paolo Brandoli and Mike Vorobyev believe they have the solution, and they are determined to do something about it. They are eliminating a centralized server which will make it very difficult to determine what computer is relaying and/or delivering the email in general. Identifying the specific server for a particular email message is all but impossible. Combine this with a 160-bit encryption on the message and you can accept a large degree of comfort that your communications will remain secure.

Flowing Mail

The basis of this idea comes from the way Bit Torrent uses a distributed delivery system and the BitMessage protocol. The emails are encrypted before sent through the system. The email addresses are verified and impossible to forge. This should eliminate a lot of the social attacks through email on people’s systems.

Additionally, the acknowledgement message is encrypted. The icing on this cake is that the encryption keys can also have a time factor built in so a message not read within a specific time period will become undecodable. No more usable messages will be able to be gleaned from a system after the message timeframe. Key advertising and reassembly is spread out over several nodes so no one node has a complete key.

All of this is the Flowing Mail Protocol which Mike and Paolo are developing. The protocol description and explanation can be found here.

This Italian/Russian team has some great experience and track records that enable them to tackle this endeavor. With over 33 years experience in software development and coding, I would bet that they will be able to make their dreams come true.

They are not in it for the money, as the software will eventually be released as an open source project. The protocol will be placed in the public domain. They are trying to raise $100,000 to cover the cost of two software developers for one year to help. Rent and office space as well as server bandwidth and taxes will also be covered by this sum.

If you want to get in on the ground floor, you can help them through their indiegogo offering. Donations of $22 to $222 will give you access to the builds, including software source code.

Eighteen more days remain in their funding request.  If they do not reach their funding goal of $100,000, they will spend all of their money developing the Flowing Mail protocol and then try another funding campaign.  I recommend helping to get Flowing Mail published and flowing across the land.  We need a robust protection from prying eyes.

FlowingMail: introduction video from Paolo Brandoli on Vimeo.

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