Lavabit is an open-source encrypted webmail service, founded in 2004. The service suspended its operations on August 8, 2013 after the US government ordered it to turn over its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) private keys, in order to allow the government to spy on Edward Snowden's email.
Lavabit's owner and operator, Ladar Levison, announced on January 20, 2017 that Lavabit would start operating again, using the new Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME), which is an end-to-end email encryption platform designed to be more surveillance-resistant. However, as of May 2017, while the DIME transition is being completed, service is only being offered to past customers
October 4th, 2013 | 27 mins 18 secs
Lavabit founder Ladar Levison tells us why he ended the Lavabit email/hosting service after the government demanded he turn over user information. He shares information on the NSA that will curl this audience’s toes. And donate to his fund here.