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In 2010, Founder and Executive Director, Nicholas Merrill had to stress the importance of cyber privacy and security. He didn't mind. Merrill had just been partially un-gagged from a National Security Letter received from the FBI in 2004 as the owner of a small Internet Service Provider. It was the first Constitutional challenge filed against the USA Patriot Act statute. The experience prompted him to found The Calyx Institute to increase awareness about online privacy, surveillance and acessability through software development, advocacy and outreach.

In seven years, working with a shoestring budget, we've set up our organizational structure including 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, assembled a stellar advisory panel, leading partner organizations, supporting foundations and a 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...view

The Calyx Institute: Who We Are and What We Do

The Calyx Institute is a technology non-profit with the mission of developing, testing and distributing free privacy software, as well as working to bridge the digital divide.

The Calyx Institute is entirely member supported. Thanks to our members, we can develop cutting-edge Internet privacy services and make them widely available for free. Like a calyx opens to support a flower in bloom, our goal is to grow and expand, finding new and innovative ways to defend online privacy, security and accessibility.

Currently, we offer free VPN service at www.calyx.net based on the incredibly ambitious LEAP open source project. Thanks to your support, we now plan to expand that offering to include their cloud-based client encrypted email solution as well.

Our Jabber instant messaging service began as an experiment, but surprised us all by growing into a very popular service with over 150,000 registered accounts! Find out more at jabber....view

You are Invited: Briar Meetup hosted by Calyx Institute in Brooklyn, NY

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. If the internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

There will be a Briar Meetup in New York hosted by @calyxinstitute on Saturday June 9. No registration required. Just show up and meet a Briar developer.

This is a great opportunity to add more peers to your Briar contact list and try out the app with others (Android phone required).

When Saturday June 9th - 7pm Eastern time
Where

The Calyx...view

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