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Answers and Questions

What are LEAP, Bitmask, CalyxVPN, RiseupVPN, …?

  • LEAP is the organisation that does the development. It stands for LEAP Encryption Access Project, a recursive acronym
  • Bitmask is the name of our Android app. You can use it with any service provider that is using the LEAP software or even having the same setup.
  • SurVPN, CalyxVPN, RiseupVPN: those are all service providers that use the same platform and code that we build. Both Calyx and Riseup have their own ‘branded’ apps, own logo and looks. We think they’re all nice groups, but keep in mind that they have a different audience, check them out first. Or setup your own service provider!

Why does this website show me Russian, Spanish,… instead of something else?

Short version: the page you’re visiting thinks you are there, even when you choose a different location (Miami, Amsterdam, New York…). They use the gateway IP to determine this.

Longer version: IPs are distributed by several Regional Internet Registries, that’s one way to decide what language people probably speak. But Youtube, Facebook, Amazon and many others use several techniques and build their own databases mapping location, language and IP address. Your browser sends preferred locales, people have cookies or are logged in and have their preferences saved or their phone sends a location. Even the content people consume. Imagine reading your local newspaper online. When there is a significant amount of people that are having similar browsing behavior and all using the same IP from the VPN end point those websites will decide that they serve their pages in odds and ends language. Here’s a bug report that demonstrates this.

How can I contribute?

Show me the code!

It’s living at a Gitlab. There are a bunch of repositories, like for Android, desktop or the server side, called lilypad. Changes for the website are welcome as well.

Who are you?

We’ve been a distributed team since the very beginning.