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Academic Foundation of Privly

on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 18:34

Privly's architecture has foundations in two academic projects. The following is an excerpt from a paper submitted to a security symposium. After Privly receives reviews from our double blind reviewers, we will publish the paper in its entirety.


Privly combines the paradigm Confidentiality as a Service (CaaS) [1] with the hyperlink-based cryptography of the browser extension Scramble! [2]. Fahl et al. [1] proposed CaaS as a means of increasing the usability of cryptographic systems.

Chrome Extension Alpha Release

on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 18:24

Following a series of advances, the Google Chrome extension has reached an Alpha version for "Eagle Owl". The next version, "Horned Owl," will be eligible for release in Beta following a security review.

Advances in this Version

Security Advances

  1. Locally stored applications: The Chrome extension now runs no remote-code.
  2. Security glyph: Every Chrome extension now places a unique security glyph above Privly content when you hover over it. If your extension's glyph is not present then don't trust the source of the content.

Functionality Advances

  1. PlainPost Application: The PlainPost

Chrome Extension Updates

on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 22:01

For the first time in the development of the Privly extensions, a non-Firefox extension has gained the lead in terms of functionality. Last week we made many exciting changes to the Google Chrome Extension, including:

User Whitelisting
For the first time, there is a GUI interface for adding domains to your whitelist. When combined with the selection of a content server, this has the effect of opening the Alpha for any developer, regardless of whether they have an account on privlyalpha.org.

Locally Served Applications
Automatically injecting content containing remote code (code delivered at

Privly.org Moves to the Open Source Lab

on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 02:02

We are happy to announce that the Oregon State University Open Source Lab is now hosting the Privly Foundation's home, privly.org.

The Open Source Lab is a nonprofit organization working for the advancement of open source technologies. The lab provides hosting for more than 160 projects, including those of worldwide leaders like the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation and Drupal. Together, the OSL’s hosted sites deliver nearly 430 terabytes of information to people around the world every month.

Privly Joins The Open Invention Network

on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 22:10

The Privly Foundation has joined with more than 400 leaders in technology, including Red Hat, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, as a licensee in the Open Invention Network (OIN). The OIN's mission to promote a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux brings the Privly project access to a large portfolio of defensive patents.

The OIN is a leader in the use of "Defensive Publications," which provide much needed protection for innovative open source projects. Expect several defensive publications from Privly in the near future.

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When will Privly be "Released"?

on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 01:24
Before we give an official projection when Privly will be "released," you have to understand that Privly is not a single piece of software. Privly is several extensions, applications, and content servers forming a "new way" of doing things. This "new way" is similar to a protocol, but the implementation challenges of particular platforms require that we not freeze the specification until we figure out how to roll out the Privly concepts to all major platforms.

The Privly Foundation is a federally recognized (United States) non-profit dedicated to online privacy education. Among educational events organized in Oregon, the Foundation also stewards the development of the Priv.ly Project, which is a set of applications that allow you to use social media without your online service providers needing to read or store your content.

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