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Good problems to have... We owe a lot of new members T-shirts because we ran out

But the good news is, we ran out of T-shirts because we have so many new members...

Thank you to all our new members and donors ! As an organization we are very excited and humbled to have so many new supporters for our mission and program activities. We must once again thank Cory Doctorow for publicizing our work. Thanks Cory !!

Please be patient: we have a backlog of many new member signups thanks to Cory Doctorow's article in Boing Boing

We are awaiting a new shipment of 4G LTE hotspots as we quickly ran out of stock, not knowing that Cory was going to publish the article ( he did not tell us when the article would be published, and we had no way to know the volume we would experience due to the publicity )

I have found a secret tunnel that runs underneath the phone companies and emerges in paradise

Boing Boing
By CORY DOCTOROW / Boing Boing / 12:05 PM THU SEP 22, 2016

Calyx is a famous, heroic, radical ISP that has been involved in groundbreaking litigation -- they were the first company to ever get a secret Patriot Act warrant unsealed, fighting for 11 years to overturn the gag order.

The Calyx Institute now has access to the 4G / LTE data network and you can get a full year of wireless data - 30GB+ per month for FREE with membership * !!

For legal reasons, we can't call it unlimited data service, but..... We are supposed to refer to it as 30 GB+.. however when you pass the 30GB mark during the month, the Internet service does not slow down (throttle), or cut you off, and there are NO overage charges.

The plan only works in the USA in Sprint's 4G/LTE service area (see instructions to check the map below). It does not include off-network roaming, and it is subject to any standard network management that Sprint may apply to commercial broadband data-only account users.

Do the math yourself. Find out what a 30GB/month mobile data service plan normally costs (and that plan will shut off after 30GB!) and you will see what an amazing value this is.
* We are giving away these really unique year-long 4G / LTE data plans, along with a Netgear Fuse Mobile Hotspot to Calyx members who join at the $500 ("Contributor") level or higher.

Human Rights Day : Please Support The Calyx Institute's Work

A message and an appeal from Calyx's Executive Director, Nicholas Merrill
Human Rights Day
December 10, 2015

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence..."
-The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Now, for the first time in over eleven years - more than a quarter of my life - I can finally speak freely about my experience being conscripted into the FBI’s surveillance machine.

Federal Court Invalidates 11-Year-old FBI gag order on National Security Letter recipient Nicholas Merrill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2015
CONTACT: Debra Kroszner
(203) 432-1053


Court Rules There Is “No Good Reason” To Prohibit Merrill from Describing the Array of Private Information that the FBI Sweeps Up Using NSLs

It's Almost Our 5th Birthday -- Support The Calyx Institute Fund Drive

Trevor Timm

"The Calyx Institute is a fantastic non-profit organization that puts the privacy of its users first.  Their work has been so valuable to us at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and we use their tools often.  They are one of the few organizations that I can unequivocally say are both worthy and in need of support"

-Trevor Timm, Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation


The Calyx Institute has been operating for five years on a shoe-string budget.   Unlike some other projects, we don't have large government or foundation grants - we rely primarily on the donations of people like you to keep the organization afloat.

Our new project: Canary Watch - a site to track warrant canaries

Canary Watch logoCanarywatch is a coalition of organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Harvard Law School's  Berkman Center for Internet and SocietyNYU's Technology Law & Policy Clinic, and the Calyx Institute. The Calyx Institute runs and hosts
"Warrant canary" is a colloquial term for a regularly published statement that a service provider has not received legal process that it would be prohibited from saying it had received, such as a national security letter. Canarywatch tracks and documents these statements.

Calyx Institute Recognized by IRS as Tax-Exempt Public Charity

We are pleased to report that the Internal Revenue Service has recognized The Calyx Institute as a public charity that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.

This means that contributions made to the organization, going all the way back to our date of foundation ( May 19, 2010 ) are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

A copy of our IRS determination letter is available here.