Silent Circle, Lavabit Announce Dark Mail Alliance

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At the Inbox Love conference in Mountain View, Calif., Silent Circle and Lavabit founder Ladar Levison today announced the creation of the Dark Mail Alliance.

The mission of the Alliance, according to the two companies, is as follows: "To bring the world a unique end-to-end encrypted protocol and architecture that is the 'next-generation' of private and secure email. What we call 'Email 3.0.' is an urgent replacement for today’s decades old email protocols ('1.0') and mail that is encrypted but still relies on vulnerable protocols leaking metadata ('2.0')."

Silent Circle and Lavabit plans to expand the Dark Mail Alliance with other companies and collaborate to expand the use of encrypted 'Email 3.0.'

"Our goal is to open source the protocol and architecture and help others implement this new technology to address the privacy concerns over surveillance and back door threats of any kind," the companies said in a statement.

The announcement follows the shutdown in August 2013 of both Lavabit's secure e-mail service and Silent Circle's Silent Mail offering.