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Privly allows you to seamlessly view and post encrypted content on any website. Post encrypted Tweets, Updates, Chats...anything.
Privly allows you to seamlessly view and post encrypted content on any website. Post encrypted Tweets, Updates, Chats...anything.
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Priv.ly Project Year in Review

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Priv.ly Project Year in Review,

Since many of you are not on our announcement mailing list [0], we thought it would be good to update you via the Kickstarter list. See the FAQ below for details.

  • What did we build? We recorded ridiculously short videos outlining what Priv.ly can do [1,2]. The Priv.ly Project is privacy infrastructure for the web we are labeling a "Generalized Privacy Application Stack". Basically, developers can build applications with privacy properties that match their requirements. These applications can then be used across the web. Read More [3].
  • Where is my invite? We shipped Alpha invites for all users who want to be "testers." We are beginning to send invites to additional users, but do **not** use any system in Alpha with an expectation of privacy. Wait for the Beta. These invites are for you to steer system development.
  • What is privlyalpha.org? This is a server where users can host content during the Alpha phase of Priv.ly development. The Priv.ly domain does not hold user content -- we are building it into a content host hub.
  • What is the status of the non-profit with the United States IRS? It is pending. We recently sent them 200+ additional pages regarding our activities. The IRS needs to research us fully since there is little precedent for a non-profit Kickstarted privacy organization. The IRS also applies a very high level of scrutiny to organizations engaged in open source software development.
  • What else have you been up to? We presented the Priv.ly Project at O'Reilly's OSCON [3], mentored students in the Google Summer of Code [4], and have been making the code and organization more robust.
  • Who are you thankful for? We are incredibly grateful to Google for sponsoring our students during the Google Summer of Code, Rackspace for providing complementary hosting, and of course -- our backers for getting the whole thing rolling.
  • Where should I talk about the Priv.ly Project? We have several mailing lists and chat rooms. For email discussion, sign up for the development list [5]. If you want to chat about the project, drop in on our IRC channel [6]. We also organize Portland, Oregon's Techno Activism 3rd Mondays [7]. Meet us in person if you are in town.

Best,
Privly People

[0] https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/privly-announce 
[1] https://vimeo.com/83073455
[2] http://vimeo.com/83258935
[3] http://programming.oreilly.com/2013/07/securing-user-content-in-the-javascriptable-web.html
[4] http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/google/gsoc2013/privly
[5] https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/privly
[6] http://www.privly.org/content/irc
[7] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays

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