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+[[!meta date="Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000"]]
+[[!meta title="What we accomplished in 2017"]]
+[[!tag announce]]
+We recently asked you to [[give us a hand to fund our work in
+**Today, we want to tell you what we accomplished in 2017.**
+- **New features and userfriendly interfaces**
+ - We were particularly proud of [[releasing Tails 3.0|news/version_3.0]] almost
+ at the same time as Debian 9.0 (Stretch) which strengthens our commitment to
+ the free software communities without which Tails wouldn't exist.
+ - We added new features, like [[OnionShare|doc/anonymous_internet/onionshare]]
+ for sharing files, and redesigned other core features, like *Tails Greeter*
+ and *Tails Installer*, to be much easier to use.
+- **Security hardening**
+ - We'll soon provide a reproducible build of the ISO image to
+ protect users and developers from a malicious build of our ISO
+ image. This effort was paid for by the Mozilla Open Source Support
+ award which we received in 2016.
+ - We promised to work on making all our mirrors use **HTTPS** and
+ we're proud to announce that our mirror pool now contains over 40
+ active and fast mirrors. They all serve our files over an encrypted
+ TLS connection when downloading via the website with JavaScript
+ enabled, when using our Download And Verify Extension and when Tails
+ is updated.
+- **Community**
+ - We published our **[[Social
+ contract|/contribute/working_together/social_contract]]**, the guiding
+ principles that reflect the commitment to our ideals.
+- **Fundraising**
+ - **Have more reliable and steady sources of income**: We created a
+ page presenting our [[past, present and future partners|partners/]]
+ and hopefully inciting more companies and individuals to make
+ substantial donations.
+Next to this selection of new features, we also work on recurring tasks:
+- In 2017, we published seven Tails **releases**.
+- We answered 122 bug reports on average each month through our *help
+ desk* and helped many people being safer online. Each user request
+ costs us 6€ on average to proceed. In 2017 our help desk was paid
+ entirely out of donations.
+- We maintain and update our **infrastructure**. You might not see this
+ effort, but it constitutes a crucial part of our work to verify that
+ everything is functioning correctly, build ISO images, test, make it
+ possible to publish emergency releases faster.
+- Organizing our own **meetings** and attending conferences in our field
+ is critical to keep our community alive and relevant. But this is
+ usually hard to get funded by grants, so donations help us a lot here.
+- In 2017, we attended **conferences** and connected to free software
+ and Internet freedom communities in 8 different countries: OTF Summit
+ (USA), 33C3 & Reproducible Builds world summit (Germany), FOSDEM
+ (Belgium), IFF (Spain), Tor dev (Netherlands), GUADEC (United
+ Kingdom), DebConf (Canada), CryptoRave (Brasil).
+- Keeping Tails successful also implies quite a bit of
+ **administration** to raise funds, do accounting, organize work, write
+ reports, etc.
+Besides substantial donations, we would be able to better plan our
+future work if we would receive many more monthly donations.
+**If you can, we'd love for you to sign up for monthly donations at
+whatever level suits you ($5 = formidable. $10 = wonderful. More money =
+If you like our work, please take one minute to keep Tails alive.
+<div id="donate-button"><a href="">Donate</a></div>