Open source software for transferring large files
Contribution of the community
FileSender has been developed based on requirements of the higher education and research community and is used worldwide in more than 25 countries. The FileSender project is primarily funded by the following NRENs: AARNet (Australia), HEAnet (Ireland), SURFnet, (the Netherlands), and UNINETT (Norway). Within the community, everyone can make a contribution to improve the software. In 2014, the development of two new program functionalities is planned: client-side encryption directly in the browser and integration with external cryptographic timestamps.
SURFnet is working on the continued development of automatic in-browser encryption. It is sometimes desirable to encrypt files when transferring sensitive data. In the healthcare sector, for example, it has to be possible to transfer research data, HR data or personal details safely. This is possible using FileSender.
AARNet is working on another important functionality, 'time stamping'. This means that a cryptographic time stamp provides proof that a certain file existed at a certain point in time and has not been changed, and combines this with the user's identity. In this way, FileSender can play a role in the protection of research data or research ideas. This is important in the modern, and highly competitive, academic world.
- Read about the FileSender open source project
- Read the blog post about developing new FileSender versions
- Read about the operational SURFfilesender service, based on the FileSender software