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Adrian WadeBy Adrian Wade
First created
Adrian WadeBy Adrian Wade
First created
£6,970
pledged of £60,000pledged of £60,000 goal
141
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 28 2014 5:52 PM UTC +00:00

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People have a legal right to privacy and we believe they should have simple tools available that allow them to enforce it. Cloak is a router that makes it possible for non-experts to protect their privacy using robust open source software.

Just put it on.

Pocket sized privacy when you need it for everybody.

 Solves important Tor hardware router issues and enables more devices.

Cloak is for honest people who need confidentiality or just want privacy.

About Cloak

Cloak produces a standard wireless access point plus a Cloaked (anonymised) one that forces all traffic through the Tor network. Cloak is powered by a version of OpenWrt, a free and open source router operating system that has been modified for the purpose. We have had it running trouble free on a variety of standard hardware platforms for many months now.

We are being helped - thanks!

The volunteers at Tor helped us implement this cool feature to help keep your privacy safer. Cloak sends information from different apps and devices through separate network routes to avoid them being matched up.

If you are interested to understand more about how Cloak works with Tor network technology, more information is available on our site here.

With your help we will be able to deliver a low cost Tor access device to the general public within a few months.

We need money to finance the purchase of injection moulds, components and custom assemblies at a sensible volume. Our target is set at a realistic level to make the finished product economically viable for the manufacturer in the long term.

Prototypes and Engineering Models

You can read the product development history here. There is a cool 3D model of our board design here.

Here is a video of a working prototype being used

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Technical Information

The PDF documents for the electronics (as output directly from the design tool) and the schematics are here;

https://github.com/ReclaimYourPrivacy/hardware-cloak/blob/master/rfq/cloak-pcb.pdf?raw=true

https://github.com/ReclaimYourPrivacy/hardware-cloak/blob/master/rfq/cloak-schematics.pdf?raw=true

Project Timeline

Our initial project map.

  • 29 Oct Launch Kickstarter
  • Early Nov Prototype of production PCB
  • Early/Mid Nov Enclosure design and amendments to PCB layout to fit the enclosure
  • 28 Nov Kickstarter Resolution (corrected - this is a 30 day project)
  • Late Nov, Early Dec Enclosure Design finalized and sent for injection mould manufacture
  • Late Nov, Early Dec Final PCB design sent for manufacture/assembly
  • Early/Mid Jan Shipment to Backers

Commitment to Open Source and the Open Source Community

The software that Cloak operates on is Open Source. It is the product of voluntary labour by ordinary people who understand the power of sharing.

Thanks to all of you.

We have made some changes to integrate Tor with OpenWrt and our commitment to the open source ethos demands that we publish our work.
Here it is https://github.com/ReclaimYourPrivacy

You are welcome to use, modify and distribute freely according to the GNU general public license included. All improvements are welcome and thanks to everyone on the Tor boards for those so far.

Tor Exit Nodes

Tor depends on volunteers who own and operate a network of computers. The most precious resource in that network is the exit node, the point where traffic moves to/from the encrypted untraceable Tor network from/to the regular Internet. We commit to establish and operate new exit nodes, to ensure that we are pulling our weight. Tor is currently at approx 2000 users per exit node. For every 1000 devices we ship, we will establish new exit nodes with sufficient capacity - we are seeking advice on assessing this.

Cloak vs The Competition

The Cloak team has been working this project since February and greeted the recent launches of competing projects with mixed feelings. Public response shows there is a strong demand for privacy protection. We were pleased to be right about the level of support for the concept but can't deny we were disappointed to be beaten to launch by days.

We read the increasing volume of technical criticism of similar projects on public forums with interest. We are deeply concerned that failed efforts can tarnish public perception of the underlying cause. The principles that motivate people to demand privacy are core to liberal democracy and are much too important to be obscured by the smoke from faulted attempts at implementation crashing and burning.

We believe we have a sound approach to the technology and will work with the experts out there to demonstrate that.

The Project Team

We are a diverse bunch. There are as many nationalities (British, Danish, Swedish, Malaysian and Chinese) as people in the team.

  • Adrian Wade - Project Lead
  • Lars Bøgild Thomsen - Firmware and Networking
  • Niclas Hedhman - Electronics Design
  • Edwin Chen - Hardware Manufacture
  • Praba Ganesan - Public relations
  • "The Artist" - Mechanical design

Thanks to Martyn Tott for video production assistance.

Risks and challenges

We face very few technical obstacles to delivery. Our code will be scrutinized by the open source community and the core technology manufacturer is part of the team allowing us to oversee and test the entire hardware process hands on. Details of our production design will be published here.

As any of you who have been involved in similar undertakings know, getting the finished product assembly right can throw up unforeseen issues. Should we encounter problems with initial mass production boards we will have to go through an additional design iteration which will cost us 3-4 weeks. We will keep you informed about technical progress.

The Tor network is managed by volunteers and runs on donated servers. We are mindful of the need to pull our weight in terms of network expansion as demand grows. This is central to the long term effectiveness of any Tor based project.

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    We promise not to publish your name or any other details on our website or anywhere else. You anonymity is safe with us.

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    Support the network. If you are already a Tor user you can still support the new Tor exit nodes we are committed to establish. Every pledge of 5 pounds keeps an exit running for a few more days.

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    If you would like to show your support we have a t-shirt for you. T Shirts are printed with our logo and strap line - Reclaim Your Privacy.

    If you have clever ideas for additional print on the shirt, please share in the comments page.

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    We will give you a Cloak.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $82

    We will give you a Cloak and one for your significant other.

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    Pledge £160 or more About $202

    Family gift pack - give them some privacy if they want it. We will give you 5 Cloaks for them.

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    Pledge £310 or more About $392

    We have had requests from people who have obligations to maintain professional confidentially. Cloak can help your clients communicate with you in confidence. We will give you 10 Cloaks to try.

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    Pledge £315 or more About $398

    "What happens on tour stays on Tor" special. We will give your sports club 10 Cloaks with your club badge on them. No pro-team badges please unless you actually own one - in which case you're welcome too.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,263

    For one backer only.

    Chose the colour of the PCB. All Cloak PCB's will be made in the colour of your choice based on those available from the manufacturer. We will send you a working router as well as the first printed board in a frame.

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    The dev team will bestow the honorific title, ProtecTor of the People (abbreviated to Pop) upon you. Reserved for very generous individuals that want to express their support.

    Comes with a router and much respect.

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    Pledge £4,000 or more About $5,053

    For organisations that want to show concrete support for the principle that privacy is a non negotiable fundamental right. We will publicise your generosity on this important issue - and send you a bag of 10 Cloaks.

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    For ten backers only.

    We will deliver 10 devices with your own monochrome logo silk screened on the on the device case instead of ours.

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    For one backer only.

    We will reserve 2 lines of about 20 characters of your choosing, to be printed on the PCB itself. The text must be decent, no profanity, libel or insults.

    We will send you 10 routers to give to your friends.

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Funding period

- (30 days)