By Tom Espiner
September 8, 2008
A campaign will be launched on Tuesday to ask U.S. tech companies to
help save Bletchley Park, whose wartime work helped lay the foundations
of modern computing and crytography.
The fund-raising campaign will be led by cryptography provider PGP,
together with IBM and other technology firms. Phil Dunkelberger, chief
executive of PGP, told ZDNet UK in a video interview that the group of
companies would be making donations to repair the buildings at Bletchley
Park, including the National Museum of Computing, and would be calling
for other organizations to get involved.
"We're calling attention (to the fact that) Bletchley is falling into
disrepair, and that, probably, the world owes a debt of gratitude to
that place," Dunkelberger said.
Bletchley Park is famous for being the nerve center of U.K.
code-breaking operations during World War II, and for being the home of
the world's first programmable computer, Colossus.
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