In our current landscape, many users feel they must give up privacy in exchange for free services (such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc). We believe this is wrong and we are out to create disruption and change! To start, we turned to the open source world. We created Privly, an open source privacy stack, to let you post content on the web without letting host sites have access to your data.
Privly allows you to post encrypted content to any website, un-send emails, and manage data across many websites simultaneously. We extended Firefox, Chrome, and Opera to look for specially formatted hyperlinks that point to your private data. When Privly finds the special links, it places the linked content onto the page you are viewing. This hack allows you to post and read protected content on sites like Facebook without giving Facebook access to the content. During this talk, we will review how Privly works in more detail, and how it is a general framework that the open source community can use to take back their internet privacy. We will also cover our plans for beta and this new type of app infrastructure. If the audience is interested, we will give tips on how to fund an open source project through Kickstarter. Finally, we will discuss internet privacy in general, and other steps we can take to make real progress in this arena.
Sean McGregor is the President and lead developer for the Privly Foundation and a machine learning Ph.D. candidate at Oregon State University. Sean lives and works in Corvallis, Oregon,
Jennifer Davidson is a PhD student in Computer Science with a minor in Aging Sciences at Oregon State University. She received a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in French from Humboldt State University in 2009. She is currently working on research related to involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. Her research bridges the fields of human-computer interaction, open source software communities and gerontechnology.
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