Lavabit hopes to kickstart Dark Mail protocol by raising $200,000

When Lavabit and Silent Circle announced Dark Mail, they mentioned their goal of getting more providers to use the secure email protocol. To make that happen, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the clean up and release of his defunct email service's source code. Dark Mail's tech encrypts a digital missive's body and metadata to keep them safe from prying eyes. However, as the encryption only works if emails are sent and received from Dark Mail-capable accounts, the project also aims to build open source desktop clients and mobile apps. Before anyone who wants to tinker with Lavabit's code gets excited, though, know that the firm will first have to get past a huge hurdle. The campaign has a lofty funding goal of $196,608, and its decidedly stark Kickstarter page isn't doing it any favors.