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Autocrypt is a new specification for opportunistic e-mail end-to-end encryption with e-mail messages. It is available in beta or developer channels for K9/Android, Enigmail/Thunderbird and Delta.chat, a new messenger using e-mail for telegram-style messaging between users. After a brief intro we will look to get all attendees installed with an Autocrypt-capable e-mail client, here Android phones and Laptops (mac, windows, linux) work. In the second part of the session we'll mail and message each other and explore usability and security issues. We want everyone to leave with a good understanding of how Autocrypt feels and works ... and in turn feed back issues into the various Autocrypt developments, including the specification.
The Autocrypt project is driven by a diverse group of mail app developers, hackers and researchers who are willing to take fresh approaches, learn from past mistakes, and collectively aim to increase the overall encryption of E-Mail in the net. Autocrypt uses regular E-Mail messages between people to piggyback necessary information to allow encrypting subsequent messages; it adds a new Autocrypt E-Mail header for transferring public keys and driving encryption behaviour. By default, key management is not visible to users.
The group effort was born and named “Autocrypt” on December 17th 2016 by ~20 people during a 5-day meeting at the OnionSpace in Berlin. Follow up meetings took place in March during IFF and partial meetings during summer and a major "autumn Level 1 closure" meeting is to take place Nov 3-7th November in Freiburg, a month ahead of 34c3. It remains a dynamic, fun process which is open to new people, influences and contributions.
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