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Privly accepted to Google Summer of Code 2014

on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:39

Are you a student in need a summer internship? Interested in coding for Privly for the summer and getting paid by Google? Privly has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code again!

What's in it for applicants

  • Google will pay you 5,500 USD if you complete the internship successfully
  • You'll get great experience working with an open source project
  • You get to choose the project you work on, so you get to work on something you love
  • You'll get a mentor for the summer

How to apply

  1. Make sure you're eligible: Google Summer of Code FAQ
  2. Check out our ideas page and find one

Operation: Improve The Docs

on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:54

Over the past weekend, I was at a Privacy Enhancing Technologies retreat where 8 current and future Privly contributors came together to hack.

It was pretty

First things first. Let's talk about how pretty it was. Beautifully decorated home, on a reservoir lake, near a river, with a beautiful walking trail.

Privly Retreat Scenery   More Privly Retreat Scenery

Operation: Improve The Docs

We actually did a ton of work amongst the beauty. _Alice_ (that's their IRC nick) and myself worked diligently on improving the How To Get Started documentation.

There is so much to work on with Privly; why did we decide to work on this documentation?

January 2014 Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: Resources

on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 01:01

We had a great time with you all on MLK Day for Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday. We've included some resources for you all. Don't forget to sign up for the Portland TA3M Mailing List. It's a low volume mailing list and will keep you updated with future events. 

Here's the powerpoint presentation. Here are the Portland TA3M notes. Feel free to add! 


How to Download Tor

It's really simple. I'll include pictures just to make sure you know you're in the correct place.

Step 1. Go to, and download the bundle for your operating system.

Step 2. Check the type


New Privly Project Videos

on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 22:06

Two new videos about the Privly Project dropped on Vimeo today. They establish the non-technical basics of the Privly Project and the technical foundation upon which it is built. The technical video covers many concepts very quickly so it can be viewed as a "technical teaser trailer" -- a starting point to learn more about securing the Javascriptable web. Check them out!

Privacy Technology Retreat

on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 06:23

The Invite

The Privly Foundation works with many free Open Source privacy enhancing technologies around the browser environment. We believe that the best technological way to solve online privacy is to make privacy enhancing technologies easy to use.

This February 7th-10th, we’d like to invite you to join us for a "Privacy Technology Retreat," a free three night stay on Oregon's Umpqua river for anyone who’d like to spend a few days working on easy-to-use privacy-enhancing technology in a collaborative environment. We have a large lakefront house on 230+ acres for everyone to stay in.


Introducing Privly Applications

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 19:37

Privly is built to ship web applications with beneficial security and privacy functionality for use on any website. Meaning, you can implement everything that can be built on HTML5 inside Privly's more privacy-aware world. For instance, when your browser encounters a Privly link inside gmail, it will "inject" one of the following applications so you can view the content in-place:

PlainPosts: The PlainPost application is only provided so developers can start with the most basic application possible.

The Privly Project's Glyph

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 19:31

Often when users are viewing a web page, they will want to know if that content has been added by a Privly extension. To allow users to differentiate Privly and non-Privly content, extensions show a random sequence of colors, a "glyph," that is only displayed when the mouse is over Privly-type content. Often the Privly extension will display additional information next to the glyph like verified identity information, security properties, and more. Keep an eye on the little popup and remember to commit your specific glyph to memory.

The Privly Glyph is the sequence of colors beneath the text.

The tooltip and glyph prevents two types of attacks that

On the Chopping Block

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 19:19

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away... -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

After many hours of development, we have a flexible foundation for privacy and security on the web. While the technical foundation is strong, there are several ill-conceived or poorly implemented features which must now be removed. Much of this functionality will be coming back in one form or another.

Compiled Library: Cross-browser extensions are a bizarre world, built upon the web stack but without a web standard.

Responsible Publishing of Privacy Software

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 19:36

In the months since we went public with plans for the Privly Project, numerous commercial and non-profit open source projects have launched that ostensibly provide their users with online privacy. In many cases, these projects have launched for users with such poor implementations that they compromise a system's reason for existence. Unfortunately, the trend of "too soon" publishing is likely to continue for privacy software targeted at the general public.

Privly Mentors for the Google Summer of Code

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 06:44

Today Google's Open Source Office welcomed the Privly Foundation as a new mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code (GSOC). The GSOC connects university students with open source projects like Tor, Linux, and Wikimedia for a summer of coding under the mentorship of project core committers.

Students interested in grafting privacy onto the web should checkout Privly's GSOC wiki. Privly Foundation student(s) will work full-time on a Privly project this summer and be paid a stipend of $5,000 by Google.