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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 debra.kroszner@yale.edu

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

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 canarywatch.org.
 
"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.

 

Calyx Institute's Executive Director participates in "Security and Freedom" panel discussion at the Turing Festival

Turing Festival The Calyx Institute's executive director, Nicholas Merrill participated in a panel discussion at the Turing Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25th, 2012 entitled "Security and Freedom". Other participants on the panel included:
  • Ross Anderson (Cambridge University)
  • David Allen Green (Reporter and Lawyer)
  • Dr Wendy Moncur (University of Dundee)

What It’s Like to Fight a National Security Letter

by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries The Wall Street Journal July 17th, 2012 The saga of Nicholas Merrill’s fight with the U.S. Justice Department began in 2004 with a strange phone call. “They just said this is so-and-so from the FBI and we’re going to send somebody by with a letter,” says Mr. Merrill, the founder of a small New York Internet service provider called Calyx. I didn’t really take it seriously. I just said, ‘OK, that’s nice,’ and went back to my work.” Then the FBI agent showed up at his office door. “The agent was wearing a trenchcoat and pulled out a huge wallet with a badge and then pulled out the letter,” Mr. Merrill says. “And then I realized it was serious.”

Calyx Institute participates in panel discussion entitled "Privacy as if Users Mattered" at PDF2012

On June 12th, 2012, The Calyx Institute's Executive Director Nicholas Merrill participated in a panel discussion entitled "Privacy as if Users Mattered" at the Personal Democracy Forum 2012 conference, held at New York University's Skirball Center.

Other participants in the panel included:

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