We are creating Human-Readable Privacy Policies to clearly explain how your information is used and shared online.
Thank you for all of your support.
We are not giving up but we are scaling back the project. For the time being we will be focusing on building human-readable privacy policies of popular online services to encourage user trust and increase privacy awareness.
We hope you will stay with us as we keep working to make privacy easier to understand online.
Thank you again for all of your support during the project.
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Over the past year there has been an avalanche of privacy issues, from LinkedIn’s use of profile photos in advertising to Facebook’s seemingly never-ending privacy troubles. Privacy problems destroy users’ confidence and bring complicated restrictions to online services.
We know nearly all of these issues could be completely avoided with a clear understanding of the privacy policies at work. This is where the Khula Project comes.
Why We Are Building Khula
Human-readable policies clearly outline the key terms of the excessively complex and lengthy legal jargon of the full policy.
Human-readable policies were popularized by Creative Commons in their quest to revolutionize and simplify copyright law. Creative Commons created a set of clear copyright licenses to foster simple free sharing of copyrighted work, and used a human-readable license deed to clearly explain the key terms to users.
We are using human-readable policies to clearly explain the core privacy issues affecting users across the web. Our human-readable policies will go beyond the simple task of explaining the key terms of privacy policies. With our human-readable policies, users will gain confidence through the knowledge of how services are using and sharing information.
Privacy should not be a complicated issue.
What We Are Building
Khula Project consists of two products being developed over three phases.
creating hand-built human-readable privacy policies in two parts:
1. We will be creating hand-built human-readable policies for our backers at the $150 level or higher. These policies will be tailored to the service’s specific needs. We will also work with our backers to address any potential privacy issues.
online tool we are developing to allow services to easily create human-readable
policies. Services will be able to customize their policy based on a number of
factors to ensure the human-readable policy is tailor made to their needs.
encouraging services to prominently display their human-readable privacy
policies to gain confidence in their users among other benefits, we will also
create a central database where users can search and examine services privacy
Our Kickstarter fundraising will enable us to build the first three phases of the Khula Project;
- Phase 1 will create human-readable privacy
policies of popular web services. These human-readable policies will assist us
in identifying the key terms and core issues surrounding users’ privacy online.
We are currently in this phase.
- Phase 2 will expand to include our backers at
the $150 level and higher. Thank you for all of your support! We will work with
specific needs. During this phase we will also be looking to our entire group
of backers to help shape and define our human-readable privacy policies and to
ensure users’ privacy concerns are addressed. Our human-readable privacy
policies will not just cover what is in the legal code of the services privacy
policy but will also examine whether the service is working in the best
interest of their users.
- Phase 3 is our final objective for our
Creator to foster the simple creation of human-readable policies across the
internet. Our backers will be integral in shaping, testing, designing, and
perfecting our Human-Readable Privacy Policies at every phase. Our backers are
the driving forces that will make this project happen. Backers at the $29 level
creator and will be the first field testers. In addition, if we reach our 1,000
backer goal, every backer will receive early access to our Creator regardless
of their pledge amount.
Thank you for all of your support. We are building this for you and without your help we cannot make this happen.
Where the Money Goes
Our Kickstarter objective is $14,000. After Kickstarter’s fees and taxes there will be roughly $12,000 for our project’s expenses. $14,000 is not our final goal, but the bare minimum amount we need to cover the expenses to build our human-readable privacy policies. These do not include our personal expenses; such as the overrated act of eating or paying rent which they seem to need every month.
Any amount above the $14,000 we raise will go directly to the project to expand our focus and move quicker. We are building this project no matter what, but it will be significantly harder, slower, and smaller without your help. It is only with your help that we can transform the Khula Project from a hobby to an impactful evolution of web services.
Below is a rundown of our Kickstarter objective and an overview of the funding process.
Thank you again for all of your help during our project and please don’t forget to spread the word. Spreading the word about what we are all doing here is just as valuable as your financial contribution.
Startup Sponsor Program
There is a massive ocean of diverse startups and while we would love to build personal human-readable privacy policies for every single one of them, it is unfeasible due to time constraints. That is why we have started the Startup Sponsor Program.
At the $500 level backers can sponsor up to four of their human-readable privacy policies while at the $1,000 level backers have 2 special sponsor policies that give the startups the same great support that our backers get. Additional sponsor policies can be added by simply including an extra $75 to your pledge.
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Khula is the Hindi word for Open. We chose the name as we hope to build a more open internet.
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Of course! Thank You very much for your support. Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge. The amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.
Yes, of course! On Kickstarter, funding doesn’t stop when we reach our goal. Funding only stops when time runs out (30 days for us). $14,000 is actually the bare minimum amount to make the Khula Project a reality. After Kickstarter’s fees and taxes we expect to have $11,900 for the project. Breaking our goal will help us go bigger and build quicker. No matter what happens, we will build the Khula Project.
We have pages and pages of great ideas that we would love to implement into Khula Project. For Kickstarter we have narrowed our focus down to the core of the project in order to keep expenses low. If we break our goal we will be able to implement these great ideas into the project. Our $14,000 goal does not cover our personal expenses, meaning; it does not leave money to pay ourselves. Additional funding will allow us to move faster as we will be able to quit our day jobs and take a stipend (just enough to live on). We will also look to hire some additional experts to make the project move faster. This is just a small selection of the things we would love to do with the Khula Project.
There are many different variables that will determine when we launch, including how much we raise. In short, we will launch when it is ready. If you would like to get access sooner rather than later then please pledge to our project. Even one dollar helps us move faster, plus every backer we get moves us closer to our backer goal of 1,000 backers. When we reach our backer goal, every backer will receive early access to the final phase of the project. Backers at the $29 level or higher are guaranteed to get early access to the final phase.
No. In fact, the Khula Project is unincorporated at this time. We will incorporate in the future as is needed.
No. Instead you are our supporters who make this project a reality. Thank you for your support!
The Khula Project started as a shoot off of Samaj; a social project in progress. Other than Samaj, we are not associated with any groups, companies, or organizations.
Thank You very much for your support! Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. From there you can add the shipping amount; $5 Canada, $10 International. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.
Thanks for all of your interest! Our main website is Khulaproject.com. We will also constantly update our Kickstarter page.
Please email me directly at http://mailto:email@example.com with the subject “Press”.
The Khula Project is not a law firm, its contributors are not lawyers and we do not provide legal services. Our services, including but not limited to our Agreement Creation tool and hand-built Human-Readable agreements, are provided As-Is with No Warranty. Displaying, distributing, linking, or using our services does not create an attorney-client relationship.
The Khula Project Human-Readable Agreements are not licenses. They are representations of the full Legal Code of the license, similar to a non-binding translation of the key points in the Legal Code. The Human-Readable Agreement has no legal value and does not constitute a binding legal contract. The contents of the Human-Readable Agreement do not necessarily appear in the actual license. The Khula Project and its contributors are not a party to the license.
You should always have your Licenses and Human-Readable Agreements examined by a qualified attorney.
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Perfect for Enterprises, Large Organizations, and Established Web Services. You have now ascended to Grand Emperor of Backerdom. You get every single thing on this list of rewards and an Unlimited number of personally built Human-Readable Policies. You also get Executive Support, we will take care of any policy updates you need immediately and we will work with you to answer any question and solve any issue you have. You also receive two personally built Human-Readable Policies to sponsor for any service (learn more about our Startup Sponsorship Program in the project description to the left). If you would like to sponsor additional Human-Readable Policies please include an extra $75 in your pledge for each one. Lastly, we will list you as a Partner on the Home Page. Without you this would not be able to make this possible. Thank You!Estimated delivery:
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