Paul Schaub Application 2019

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My name is Paul Schaub, also known as vanitasvitae. This is my application to become a member of the XSF.

About Me

I have a bachelors degree in computer science and currently I'm studying to get my masters degree. My involvement in XMPP began when I implemented OMEMO encryption for the Smack XMPP client library as part of my bachelors thesis. Since then I visited 3 XSF Summits and 1 Sprint, took part in two XMPP related Google Summer of Code projects and became the number 2 contributor of Smack.

In my spare time I'm writing articles about XMPP and free software on my blog.

I'm also a supporter of the Free Software Foundation Europe, as well as a member of the Federated Networks Association Feneas.


I believe that open standards, encryption, privacy and free software are essential building blocks for a healthy democracy. That's why I want to join the XMPP Standards Foundation as a member to help creating a healthy communications ecosystem.


XMPP: vanitasvitae(at) (spam protected through captcha)

EMail: vanitasvitae(at)