Tech firms and activists join to launch free certificate authority


Cisco, Akamai and Mozilla have launched a new free certificate authority (CA) called Let’s Encrypt that aims to, well, encourage people to encrypt users’ connections to their websites.

The launch of Let’s Encrypt, which also involves the [company]Electronic Frontier Foundation[/company] (EFF), the banking-oriented public key certificate authority IdenTrust and University of Michigan researchers, comes as the tech industry scrambles to encrypt the web as far as possible, following the mass surveillance revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The next version of the HTTP protocol will likely be encrypted by default. [company]Google[/company] will rank up sites that use SSL/TLS encryption. The content delivery and security outfit [company]CloudFlare[/company] is offering free SSL encryption for millions of its customers. And now Let’s Encrypt aims to equip websites with free certificates – the proof they need to tell users’ browsers that their public encryption keys are genuine and connection is properly secured.

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