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.
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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.
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.
We are super excited and very honored to have been chosen to be one of the contestants in DuckDuckGo's $500,000 Privacy Challenge fundraiser. Your help is essential to meeting this goal. The team that raises the most money gets $50,000 .. second place $40,000, all the way down to sixteenth place gets $3,000 .. and there are weekly bonus challenges for orgs to win another $247,000. And there are other challenges each week - for instance any donation made between now and April 10 at 1:59:59pm ET will be matched - dollar for dollar - up to $3,000 ! And if we can raise $5000 by the end of the week we would get entered to win an additional $5000.
Please give your support ( or join the team to recruit other supporters ) at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-calyx-institute
Our fundraising campaign is all about the Digital Divide - our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $100,000 so we can send 100 4G modems with unlimited data plans to public libraries in Puerto Rico, and to fund CryptoHarlem for the next year. If we can raise more than that number then we can send more modems to Puerto Rico! According to our research there are 66 public libraries in 43 cities and towns in Puerto Rico. Please help us to help underserved communities in Puerto Rico get online and to help CryptoHarlem continue its important work.
The Calyx Institute recently became the sponsor of the monthly security clinic CryptoHarlem. CryptoHarlem is a Digital Surveillance Clinic that has been meeting on a monthly basis since 2013 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. It is always open to the public and completely free of charge. You may have it seen featured in a recent episode of Vice's Motherboard: CryptoHarlem Is Teaching Digital Security to the Over-Surveilled Black Community
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 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.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2015
CONTACT: Debra Kroszner
(203) 432-1053 email@example.com
FEDERAL COURT INVALIDATES 11-YEAR-OLD FBI GAG ORDER ON NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER RECIPIENT NICHOLAS MERRILL
Court Rules There Is “No Good Reason” To Prohibit Merrill from Describing the Array of Private Information that the FBI Sweeps Up Using NSLs
A new site, canarywatch.org, collects transparency reports from across the web and publishes them in one place.
"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.