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Priv.ly 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 Priv.ly 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.

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.

The Privly Foundation's Response to Governments

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 19:18

...as technology develops further, technology itself may provide us some additional safeguards. So for example, if people don't have confidence that the law, the checks and balances of the court and Congress, are sufficient to give us confidence that government's not snooping, well, maybe we can embed technologies in there that prevent the snooping regardless of what government wants to do.

Despite this sentiment, expressed by President Obama in August, the US government continues to have a highly controversial and fractious relationship with online service providers. The message is