Interested in new developments in cybersecurity? Check out our Medium page!
We're excited to bring that info to our members in the form of our Medium page, where we'll be posting deep-dive articles written by our staff about the tech, policy and people who are at the forefront of the digital privacy movement. It's a great place to learn about a new app to stay connected during an internet blackout, tools to make Tor accessible in countries experiencing extreme censorship, and much more!
As always, many thanks to our Calyx Institute members, whose generous donations make our mission of preserving and expanding digital privacy possible!
2021 Annual Report
Our annual report is officially here! You can read about what we've been up to this past year here.
Some highlights include: tremendous growth in membership program, further development on CalyxOS, and an expansion of our Microgrants and Small Projects program.
"We were driven by two ideas over the past year...making it simple and supporting those around us." - Nicholas Merrill, Executive Director
This past year, we made it a priority to put the privacy and security of CalyxOS in the hands of the people by making it simple enough for anyone to use. Inspired by the mutual aid of our neighbors and friends, we expanded our Micgrogrants program to provide more financial aid to struggling organizations and projects in our Internet Freedom community. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our members.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Happy Memorial Day!
We have been surprised and delighted by the tremendous response to our new Sustainer memberships. We are packing and shipping as fast as we can to make up for the delay we experienced when our latest shipment of hotspots was delayed. If your M2000 hotspot has been delayed, don't worry! We'll be extending the memberships of all new and newly-upgraded Sustainer members to make up for the delay. If you have an existing Calyx hotspot that is set to be replaced by an M2000, your existing hotspot will continue to work until your M2000 arrives.
We really appreciate your enthusiasm for our mission, and the patience you have shown our small team. As always, if you experience problems with your hotspot or wifi service please call tech support at 877-216-9603 for help. If there are any questions we can answer for you, or anything we can do to improve your membership experience, please don't hesitate to reach out at email@example.com
More 5G devices on the way!
5G capable hotspots now available as part of our new Sustainer membership!
The yearly dues for our Sustainer membership are $750 for the first year, with a discount to $500 per year for subsequent years. The Sustainer level membership is not available as a quarterly membership.
Before deciding if a Sustainer membership is right for you, we strongly recommend calling Sprint for an up-to-date, personalized coverage assessment at 888-211-4727 and/or checking cellmapper.net to see if 5G signal in your area is good.
5G is a relatively new technology, and we want to be transparent about the fact that 5G capability may not be a "silver bullet" for all connectivity and service issues. This device may not be right for everyone. 5G service is still not available in all areas where our other hotspots operate, because 5G infrastructure is still being built and refined throughout the US. Service, speed, and performance depend on many factors which The Calyx Institute does not control, including carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength, signal obstruction, and more. Actual results may vary.
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 to member donors who sustain our research into privacy protecting communications technology, and are not a commercial transaction.
You can read more about the Inseego M2000 hotspot here: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gear/5g-mifi-m2000/. If there are any other questions we can answer for you about our memebrships or the hotspots we offer as membership premiums, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRL Update for Improved Roaming
Once your hotspot accepts the PRL update, your service will continue on the Sprint network as normal. With this update, your device will also have improved roaming capabilities on the T-Mobile network. Roaming on the T-Mobile network will only occur when your device is no longer on the Sprint network, and where the T-Mobile network is available. For those of you who have been our members for a while, you may remember that a similar PRL update happened last fall to expand our hotspots' access to the T-Mobile network when Sprint is not available. We expect the effects of this PRL to be similar to the previous one in terms of increasing access to T-Mobile's network as a result of the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.
Your Calyx Institute membership benefits will still include unlimited 4G data and no throttling, as always.
If you are having questions about this PRL update, we recommend reaching out for additional info to Sprint at 877-879-5031 and tech support at 877-216-9603. If your device experiences any issues, please call tech support at 877-216-9603 to troubleshoot and get started on a warranty replacement if needed. Don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com if there's anything we can do to make your Calyx Institute membership great!
We're Hiring a Systems Developer / Systems Administrator
We're hiring a systems administrator / systems developer at The Calyx Institute! This role will become responsible for developing and maintaining parts of The Calyx Institute’s infrastructure. We are looking for someone to help modernize, update, and properly document these services and their setup as Calyx continues to grow. Our digital services include our instances of Jitsi, CalyxVPN (running on the Bitmask platform), Mumble, XMPP/Jabber, Mail, Tor servers and Onion services, our website, DNS, and mirror servers for partner organizations (such as the Tor Project).
The Calyx Institute is a not-for-profit education and research organization devoted to studying, testing, developing, and implementing privacy technology and tools to educate the public and promote free speech, free expression, civic engagement and privacy rights on the internet and in the mobile telephone industry. Calyx offers a range of tools and technologies for secure communications and censorship circumvention to users around the globe.
We think a successful candidate for this role would join us with the skills and experience to be able to:
- Git: forking, branching, merging, reviewing, and rebasing. Ansible: writing ansible playbooks, deploying and maintaining servers using ansible, and troubleshooting problems.
- Interest in containers: building and registering images, deploying containers, upgrading containers.
- Use SSH: generating keys, validating host keys, installing authorized keys.
- Ease and comfort using command line tools and shell scripts in a Linux environment.
Bonus points if you have experience with or an interest in:
- Security planning: some previous exposure to information security basics, such as inventory management, upgrade and security patch management, and threat modeling.
- Container orchestration: some previous exposure to any container orchestration system, such as Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, etc.
- Debian: experience with Debian or another apt-based Linux distribution.
- Networking: some previous exposure to topics in network administration, including network optimization, isolation, BGP routing, DDoS mitigation, and so on.
- Working on other privacy, security, or censorship-circumvention technologies or projects.
We know that there are amazing candidates that won’t match the job description as we’ve written it. We don’t expect you to meet all of the above requirements. If you feel that you meet several of these requirements or could meet them with a little support, we would love to hear from you. At The Calyx Institute, we all wear many hats, but we don’t expect anyone to wear every hat.
In the coming year, we expect that you would be able to:
- System Administration: manage Calyx Institute servers using best practices such as infrastructure-as-code, regular backups, failure recovery plans, timely updates and security patches, data minimization, and privilege isolation.
- System Development: lead the design and automation of Calyx's public and private digital services, currently including CalyxOS build pipeline, voice conference, VPN, chat, email, DNS, Tor gateways, support tickets, and various web services.
- Information Security: coordinate regular assessments of Calyx Institute's security profile, including practices for signing builds, maintaining keys, use of email, patch management, safeguarding data, and privilege assignment.
In the long term, we expect that you will be able to:
Help us to design and deploy the next generation of Calyx Institute infrastructure, including containerization, continuous integration, centralized logging, privacy-respecting analytics, threat detection, high availability, single-sign on, and scalable storage for CalyxOS user backups and data synchronization.
We think this role might be an especially good fit for someone who:
Wants to be engaged in our mission of educating the public about privacy and surveillance, and our work in providing privacy-by-design services and working support users who are disproportionately targeted by surveillance and censorship.
This is a full-time, salaried position located remotely within the United States or at our Brooklyn, NY office, beginning mid-June.
Salary and Benefits We are offering a salary of $75,000 - $100,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Calyx offers health, vision, and dental insurance, sick leave, three weeks vacation time, and holidays off.
How to Apply
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line that includes “Systems Developer / Systems Administrator”:
- A cover letter in PDF format.
- A 1-2 page resumé in PDF format.
- 2 professional references with contact information.
The Calyx Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Calyx encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.
We think a strong candidate will exhibit competencies in technical project management, clear communication, and trust building.
All interviews will be held remotely. We will respond to all applicants to inform them of whether we would like to schedule an interview. If you have not heard back from us within two weeks of your application, please reach out.
Candidates who are selected for a second-round interview will be asked to complete a questionnaire or short assessment exercise before the interview. This will take no more than two hours, and is intended to better understand how you might approach challenges similar to those you would find in this role. This will not include work that can be used in the real world, and is not a test, but rather is intended to help better inform the interview process.