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article imageProtonet smashes funding goals and NSA surveillance

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 5, 2014 in World
The Protonet project promised donators a way to protect themselves from NSA spying and received 750K Euros in a little under one and a half hours. This broke previous world records and sent their funding through the roof.
Protonet is being billed in Germany as a social server system. The idea is to create a network that your employees can access from anywhere while being secure.
The approach has garnered massive support among small- and medium-sized businesses. They've also received international acclaim and awards for their ideas as well. Their desire to share information but also keep it secure has garnered them 1,500,000 Euros in funding. The interest gathered by the project is even more substantial than that and we expect there are more donations behind the scenes.
The case is even more stunning because it comes from the site Seedmatch. For those who deeply study crowdfunding such as myself and some of our readers this is interesting. The big names in crowdfunding like Indiegogo and Kickstarter did not see the record broken as quickly. This smaller site was the one to do it and that is interesting.
The idea is to provide this hardware and software to businesses all over the world. They want to create a cloud-based system without the vulnerabilities you would expect from it. This is a difficult proposition and the world is waiting to see how they will do it.
Their public approval in the business world is through the roof at the moment. That side of the battle is already won. However their new fight will be with the NSA. A claim that they can protect their clients from investigation is not going to be taken lying down by the United States government.
They believe it can be done by creating a new sort of connection that works with what they call a "fixed, personal server" in their literature. The problem with previous systems of this type is that their connectivity was questionable outside the network. If they are to actually succeed in what they have promised they will have to create a computing system the likes of which we have never seen in modern business. It will be exciting to see whether they can deliver on the final product.
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