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Thanks for joining us at our first Lunch and Learn Livestream!

Thanks so much to Matt Mitchell of Cryptoharlem for joining us to talk about the best privacy tools and practices for your phone! You can watch the full interview here. Matt will be back on June 7th for another L&L Livestream, so be sure to tune in! Slides used in today's interview will be available on the Calyx Institute website soon!

The 2019 Internet Freedom Festival! April 1-5 in Valencia, Spain


The Calyx Institute is proud to be a 2019 Internet Freedom Festival Partner! We've provided $2,500 in support for travel grants for educators and trainers who will further Calyx's mission of educating the public about cybersecurity and personal privacy online. You can find us at the Festival at the Expo in La Plaza room throughout the week talking about our work. Read more here: https://internetfreedomfestival.org/

Your Donations at Work: Tor Nodes!

If you like online privacy, you'll love Torproject.org! Tor protects you by bouncing your online communications around a distributed network of nodes run by volunteers all around the world, so your activity can't be tracked. The Calyx Institute runs 14 nodes in Tor's network, all made possible by the generous support of our members! To check out how much traffic is running through our Tor nodes, click here: https://metrics.torproject.org/rs.html#search/CalyxInstitute

CryptoHarlem Party Tomorrow!

The Calyx Institute is proud to sponsor CryptoHarlem parties, where hackers, community organizers and anyone interested in the intersection of tech and activism can meet, mingle and learn from experts about the frontiers of online activism. The next CryptoHarlem party is tomorrow, March 12, 2019 from 6:30-9. Tomorrow's topic: hacking and security jobs in government. Learn more here: https://www.meetup.com/New-York-Cryptoparty-Network/events/259673180/

Our History

In 2010, Founder and Executive Director, Nicholas Merrill had to stress the importance of cyber privacy and security. He didn't mind. Merrill had just been partially un-gagged from a National Security Letter received from the FBI in 2004 as the owner of a small Internet Service Provider. It was the first Constitutional challenge filed against the USA Patriot Act statute. The experience prompted him to found The Calyx Institute to increase awareness about online privacy, surveillance and acessability through software development, advocacy and outreach.

The Calyx Institute: Who We Are and What We Do

The Calyx Institute is a technology non-profit with the mission of developing, testing and distributing free privacy software, as well as working to bridge the digital divide.

The Calyx Institute is entirely member supported. Thanks to our members, we can develop cutting-edge Internet privacy services and make them widely available for free. Like a calyx opens to support a flower in bloom, our goal is to grow and expand, finding new and innovative ways to defend online privacy, security and accessibility.

You are Invited: Briar Meetup hosted by Calyx Institute in Brooklyn, NY

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. If the internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

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