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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.

Help us bridge the "Digital Divide" by supporting our campaign as part of DuckDuckGo's $500,000 Privacy Challenge

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
Help us win up to $50,000
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

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