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Blogs Project Google Code-in 2015/2016

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.

Privly Community Manager Needed

on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 22:49

It's with sadness that I will be stepping down as Privly's Community Manager. With my new position at Intel, and the promotion to Interim Board President with ChickTech, I'm finding it hard to devote the necessary time to the great organization that is Privly. I will continue to co-organize monthly Techno-Activism 3rd Monday Events in Portland, and I plan to keep in touch with the Privly community.

That said, we're looking for a new Community Manager!

Privly Community Manager Position Description

The Privly Foundation is looking for a volunteer Community Manager for their software - the

GSoC Guest Post: How easy is it to use the Privly extension?

on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 18:25

Vlad, one of Privly's Google Summer of Code students, writes a blog post about uncovering (User Experience) UX issues in Privly.

Making Your Privacy Software Usable

on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 06:45

We spoke at Open Source Bridge 2014 about "Making Your Privacy Software Usable". Check out the presentation.