Privacy By Design For Everyone

Welcome to the Calyx Institute

Our mission is to educate the public about privacy in digital communications and to develop tools that anyone can use. By embracing "privacy by design," we help make digital security and privacy more accessible to everyone.

Mobile Internet

With an Internet Membership, enjoy truly unlimited internet connectivity via a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

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With a CalyxOS Membership, get a new Pixel phone with CalyxOS, the OS focused on usable security and privacy.

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Calyx Mobile Hotspots and RV Living are a Perfect Match

Living in an RV offers unparalleled freedom and adventure, but staying connected on the road can be a challenge. In the digital age, where connectivity is key, mobile hotspots are a game-changing solution for RV dwellers. These portable devices give nomads the ability to stay connected, work remotely, and enjoy the conveniences of modern life, while also embracing their wanderlust.

Off the Beaten Path
RV living is all about exploring new destinations, not knowing where you might be tomorrow. Mobile hotspots liberate nomads from the constraints of traditional connectivity options. Unlike fixed internet installations, which are limited to specific locations, mobile hotspots leverage cellular networks, so wherever there is cell service, a hotspot user has full internet access. Calyx's hotspots connect to T-Mobile's US network. Anyone with a Calyx hotspot can stay connected to friends, family, work and school on the go anywhere that T-Mobile's cell network covers. Check out T-Mobile's coverage map here:

Uninterrupted Remote Work
Many RVers work remotely. The best and easiest way to telecommute is by using a hotspot that maintains a reliable internet connection. Mobile hotspots offer consistent internet, allowing RV dwellers to work from home, wherever home happens to be that day. Whether you're a freelancer or remote employee, a Calyx mobile hotspot ensures you can do everything you would do if you were in the office: write, research, communicate, attend meetings, collaborate with colleagues, and meet deadlines.

Low-Maintenance Connectivity
Setting up a fixed internet connection in every new location you choose to stop for a day or two is complicated, not to mention expensive and time-consuming. Mobile hotspots such as the ones Calyx offers its members eliminate the need for multiple subscriptions and installations, providing a hassle-free solution for those who prefer a simpler approach.

Entertainment on the Go
Living on the road doesn't mean sacrificing entertainment. Calyx hotspot memberships allow RVers to stream their favorite shows, movies, games, and music. Whether you're parked in a bustling city or nestled in a serene natural setting, you can enjoy unwinding with your favorite media.

The freedom to explore without sacrificing connectivity, the ability to work remotely, and the cost-effectiveness make mobile hotspots a must-have for modern nomads. Embrace the digital age while enjoying the serenity of RV living – Calyx hotspot memberships are the key to unlocking the full potential of life on the open road.

Of course, it’s not surprising that we think Calyx hotspot memberships are a great choice, but we’re thrilled that the Mobile Internet Resource Center has included us as one of their Top Pick Plans within the Non-Profit tier.

Please check out their review of our Membership Program and see how we stack up against other nonprofit wifi programs here.

Here's their overview of our Sustainer membership, featuring the Mifi X Pro hotspot: Sustainer membership review

They have also done an overview of the Franklin T10 hotspot, currently available with our Contributor membership: Franklin T10 hotspot review

Join Us in Making a Lasting Impact: Launch of Our $25K Year-End Giving Campaign

UPDATE: Happy New Year!

As we welcome the new year, we're thrilled to share some incredible news that is a testament to the generosity and commitment of all our members.

Thanks to your support, we have not only met but exceeded our year-end giving goal for 2023. We'd hoped to raise $50,000 in December, to continue our work providing digital privacy tools, services and advocacy for free to everyone online. We actually surpassed that goal, and raised $84,830 in new memberships and donations during our campaign! Everyone at the Calyx Institute is grateful for your decision to stand with us. We wish you all a happy and healthy new year.

Welcome our Year-End Giving Campaign! At this time of year-end reflection, gratitude and generosity, we hope you will join us in protecting privacy and free speech online. Together, we can make digital privacy more accessible for everyone.

This campaign will help us continue funding some of the projects we're most excited about, like providing, a free videoconferencing service with no log-ins and no time limits; funding the Global Gathering's Equity Fund to help break down financial barriers for digital rights activists from marginalized communities; and developing CalyxOS as a privacy-focused smartphone operating system for anyone who wants to enjoy their phone AND their privacy too.

How can you help?

Become a Member: Signing up for a Calyx Institute membership is the best way that you can support our work and enjoy the benefits of being part of our mission! Become a member by clicking here and we'll send you a gift to thank you for your vital ongoing support.

Donate: Your financial support is crucial to the success of our mission. Every contribution, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to reaching our goal.

See if your employer offers a donation match: You can double the impact of your gift instantly if your employer matches your donation. Check to see if your employer participates in donation matching here.

Spread the Word: Share our campaign on social media, through email, or by word of mouth. Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join us in making a difference!

Your contribution will not only help us reach our fundraising goal but will also create a ripple effect of positive change for privacy and free expression online. Thank you for continuing to support us and believe in our mission!

Sustainer Membership

UPDATE: Sustainer hotspot signups are open again, and we are fully stocked on both Sustainer and Contributor level hotspots. The Contributor Plus level of membership is not available for signup at this time while we evaluate a potential new hotspot offering for that membership level. Thank you so much for bearing with us!

Supply chain delays have slowed down our latest restock of Mifi X Pro hotspots, so new membership sign-ups and replacement Mifi X Pro orders are temporarily paused while we restock our supplies and fill current orders. We expect to have these devices back in stock within the next few weeks, so please stay tuned for updates. Thanks so much for bearing with us!

Appreciating growth, embracing change, and maximizing our future

When Nick Merrill founded The Calyx Institute 13 years ago in 2010, the privacy landscape was very different. The iPhone was still a relative novelty, most of the web was still not encrypted, Edward Snowden had not yet made his heroic disclosures, and the scale of government and corporate surveillance was just a fraction of today's ubiquitous information over-collection and exploitation.

From our shoestring budget beginnings, we've grown into a bustling non-profit organization, with an incredible and committed team, advisory panel, partner organizations, and a strong network of supporters. With our members' generous support, we've developed new technologies, improved access to online privacy tools, published and translated educational materials, trained journalists and activists, while inspiring and continuing ongoing litigation in the fight for privacy and against surveillance. In short, The Calyx Instituate has grown steadily, and now enjoys strong revenue and a very sustainable program model as our growth accelerates.

Our founding aim was to increase awareness about online privacy, surveillance and accessibility through software development, advocacy and outreach. Looking to the present day, it is striking to reflect on how that has manifested. Through our mobile internet hotspots, we offer many of our over 11 thousand active members a more privacy-respecting way to be online. CalyxOS provides usable security and privacy without sacrificing essential mobile phone functionality. Additionally, the sustainability these programs have enabled is allowing us to experiment with programs like our Fusion Center Microgrants Fund

As we move into the next phase of the organization's growth, we are reimagining how leadership can best support and enable Calyx's ultimate impact. As founding Executive Director, Nick Merrill has provided vision, leadership, sacrifice, and heavy lifting to put the organization, and our community, in such a strong position.

In reflecting on how we can continue to grow, both Nick and the Calyx board are in agreement that we need to expand and fortify our leadership structure. To enable that growth, we plan to take an iterative approach to evolving Calyx. Nick will be moving into a newly-created role of President, enabling him to focus primarily on external advocacy, community engagement, creative vision, technology and fundraising.

In parallel with this transition, The Calyx Institute will be seeking an experienced Interim Executive Director to facilitate our next chapter and to serve as a bridge to our future leadership structure. The Interim Executive Director will have an active role in that planning process, and will have the option of applying for the permanent Executive Director position.

To quote Nick, "My passion will always be focused on the community and the work, and I'm looking forward to partnering with new team members to increase our capacity and our impact."

At this critical juncture, we want to express our gratitude on a number of fronts. First, to the Calyx staff, who have led brilliantly in their respective roles while weathering complexity and stress that come with the kind of organizational growth their work has enabled. We also want to thank our community and our members, without whom none of this would be sustainable or even possible. We are also indebted to the funders and major donors who have provided us with dedicated resources at many steps in our journey. And finally a heartfelt thank you to Nick, for his vision, his leadership, and his commitment to evolving alongside the organization.

We are all excited to see what lies ahead, and we welcome anyone reading this to join in collaboration and solidarity with Calyx as we help chart a course toward a more private and surveillance-free future.

- The Calyx Board

Mifi X PRO 5G Hotspots

We are excited to announce that Sustainer memberships will now come with a brand new device: the Inseego Mifi X PRO 5G (M3000B)! Like the Mifi M2000, this hotspot supports 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Advanced Carrier Aggregation, USB tethering, and has an internal 4x4 MIMO antenna. In addition, this new device features a 1 Gbps ethernet port and a battery preservation mode that allows the device to stay plugged in for longer. As with all Calyx Membership hotspots, wifi data is unlimited and unthrottled.

Sign up for a new Sustainer membership to get a Mifi X Pro 5G hotspot + a year of unlimited data. A new Sustainer membership is $750 for the first year and $500 to renew every following year.

If you are in the middle of your membership period, you also have the option to order the Mifi X Pro 5G as a replacement device for a $400 donation. Just log in to your account with us, click Devices, and then click Order Replacement Device.

Before you decide if a Sustainer membership is right for you, check your area on T Mobile’s map to make sure you have adequate 5G coverage. As with all our memberships, the Calyx Institute cannot offer test hotspots or offer refunds if service is inadequate or non-existent. Our wireless hotspots and data plans are offered as a thank you gift to member donors who support our research into privacy protecting communications technology, and are not a commercial transaction.

You can read more about the Mifi X Pro 5G hotspot here. If there are any other questions we can answer for you about our memberships or the hotspots we offer as membership premiums, please let us know at

Open Call: Fusion Center Microgrants Fund

The Calyx Institute is excited to announce an open call for applications for grants up to $10,000 from our Fusion Center Microgrants Fund. Details can be found here.

We are interested in supporting projects focused on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: the disproportionate impact of fusion center surveillance; gang databases and other watchlists used by fusion centers; public records focused research to illuminate fusion center policies and practices; research on one specific fusion center or on fusion centers nationally; or other ideas we haven't even considered yet. You and/or your colleagues are the experts on this, so tell us what research needs doing!

The application deadline is March 17th, 2023. Please share with any colleagues or allied organizations that might be interested. We are prioritizing applications from smaller organizations that aren't receiving regular support from traditional funders in this space. Fusion Centers do a lot, but this fund is focused on online privacy and surveillance specifically.

Because our funding comes from our small donor members, we are not beholden to the reporting requirements of a larger funder upstream for this fund. That means that while there is paperwork and a final grant report required, we've tried really hard to minimize the amount of time spent on administering the grant. A list of previously funded projects is available here.

The Calyx Institute receives a generous grant of $1M from #startsmall

We are excited to announce a generous $1,000,000 grant from #startsmall, Jack Dorsey's philanthropic initiative, to support our work in 2023 and beyond.

We will be sharing more info soon. Have a great rest of 2022 and a Happy New Year everyone!

Calyx Institute Referrals are now live!

Attention Calyx Institute Members,

Do you know someone thinking about joining the Calyx Institute? Tell your family, friends, and neighbors because the Calyx referral program is now live!

Starting today, every person you refer to the Calyx Institute gets a free extra month of membership benefits - one more month to enjoy unlimited and unthrottled internet!

Even better, you also get one extra month per referral. If you refer three people, that’s three extra months! With no caps on the number of people you refer, you can help spread the word on unlimited and unthrottled internet while helping yourself to some extra membership time.

We are very grateful to our membership community who have greatly increased our membership base through word of mouth. Your support has allowed us to continue building CalyxOS, developing free digital privacy services, hiring more staff, and more! Make sure you take advantage of the referral program today!

To get started on referring future members, sign into your account and follow the instructions here:

Thank you for your membership and support,

The Calyx Institute

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