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on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:36

Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in (GCI), a contest introducing young minds to the world of open source. The Privly Foundation has partnered with FOSS Asia to mentor students as they complete tasks on the Project.

If you are considering completing a GCI task with Privly, we recommend you read more about our task offerings!

2015 Google Summer of Code Wrapup

on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 14:02

In 2015, the Foundation mentored three students through Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Two highlights were the projects on user experience (UX) and browser extension development.

2015 Google Summer of Code Kickoff

on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:43

The Privly Foundation recently accepted three students to work full-time on Privly Foundation software as part of the 2015 Google Summer of Code (GSoC). The Foundation experienced a huge surge in GSoC applications this year.

Personas for Privacy

on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 19:54

A project's threat model is critical for securing users, but traditional threat models have little utility for usable privacy software. A threat model lives in an idealized world in which a user knows how to properly use a system, but users inevitably stumble into compromising themselves due to negligence or apathy. Examples abound of people making short, predictable passwords, accidentally installing malware, or signing a PGP key improperly. Without adapting the threat model to a specific user's skills, knowledge, and use case, a threat model is an unrealistic world in which to develop. A solution to this "user threat," is provided by the development technique called "Personas."

2014 Year in Review

on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 22:05

The last year has been a busy one for the Privly Foundation. Along with winning our non-profit determination from the US Internal Revenue Service, we made strides in Project development and community education.

Summer of Code Wrap up

on Fri, 12/26/2014 - 00:56

The Privly Foundation mentored students in the 2014 Google Summer of Code. We published a wrap up of our participation in the program to Google's Open Source Blog..

Solving "Think-Aloud" Issues

on Fri, 12/26/2014 - 00:49

We are in the final stretch of the Project launch effort, which means we are pivoting from a developer-focused organization to a user-focused one.

So You Want to Start an Open Source Non-Profit?

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:47

Caveats: I am not a lawyer (IANAL). Always seek professional advice when filing for non-profit status.

The Privly Foundation's experience in gaining non-profit status is a teachable moment for any organization engaging in open source development. After 300+ pages of filings, considerable pro-bono support, and a conference with IRS examiners, we would like to "open source" our experience. Simply put, if you engage in software development as part of your non-profit mission, you are going to have a rough time with the IRS.

Many independent open source projects exist for public purposes, but it

New Experimental Application: SplitImage

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:41

Today I added an experimental Privly Application, "SplitImage," that encrypts and decrypts images in the browser without ever sending the decrypted image to a third party. You can see the SplitImage app at work in the two screen captures below. In the first image you see an image of the Lincoln Memorial injected into the context of a Google Chat application. This image was decrypted in the client using AES256, which is a strong symmetric key cipher. Without actively attacking their users, Google is unable to see this image.

SplitImage Inside Gchat Screen Capture

The app converts and interacts with images in an encoded text

Privly Gains Non-Profit Status

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:24

This week, the Privly Foundation received the letter from the Internal Revenue Service of the United States and it's official: Privly is a recognized non-profit! This recognition of the Foundation's ongoing work means Privly will always be organized for the benefit of its users. Also, your financial contributions to our work are now tax-deductible!

You can donate to the Privly Foundation using PayPal or BitCoin.

If you are considering founding a non-profit, we recommend you read our blog post, "So You Want to Start an Open Source Non-Profit?."

Determination Letter Text