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Announcing Cwtch: Privacy Preserving Infrastructure for Asynchronous, Decentralized, Multi-Party, and Metadata Resistant Applications

28 Jun 2018

Announcing Cwtch

Open Privacy believes in empowering users in ways that enable consent to and control over the movement of their data. The ebb and flow of current communication technologies has created a situation in which users are forced to either relinquish control over their personal information to dozens of unknown companies and government agencies, or sit on the sidelines and refrain from participating in culture and public society. Worse, many tools collect information on us that can be used against us in ways that are difficult to understand or predict. Nowhere is this impact felt harder than in the marginalized communities which Open Privacy exists to serve. We see only one solution to this problem: taking our data back into our own hands, and removing the ability of service providers to see our data at all. Today we announce the first step on this long journey: Cwtch.

Cwtch (a Welsh word roughly translating to “a hug that creates a safe place”) is a decentralized, privacy-preserving, asynchronous multi-party messaging protocol that can be used to build metadata resistant applications.

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Open Privacy filed an intervention with the CRTC opposing FairPlay

09 Apr 2018

Recently we filed an intervention with the CRTC opposing the Fairplay website-blocking proposal. We believe that the CRTC’s acceptance of this proposal would pose a dire threat to Canadian Internet users’ privacy and access to information. In this post we break down our intervention and explain why we filed it, and why we believe there is much more to be done.

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Press Release: Open Privacy Calls On CRTC To Adopt Manila Principles

04 Apr 2018

OPEN PRIVACY CALLS ON CRTC TO ADOPT MANILA PRINCIPLES

Vancouver, BC — Open Privacy Research Society, a new Canadian not-for-profit group based in Vancouver, has filed an intervention in the CRTC’s hearing on ISP-blocking application by urging the CRTC to endorse the Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability.

The Manila Principles are an international charter. They set out principles to help ensure efforts to involve intermediaries, like ISPs, in the content they carry – like requiring them to create kill switches to block some content – respect users’ rights, including freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

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Announcing Open Privacy Research Society

28 Mar 2018

Privacy is Consent. Privacy is the right to consent. Privacy is the right to withdraw consent.

The Open Privacy Research Society (Open Privacy for short) is a non-profit Canadian group based in Vancouver, British Columbia. We believe that moral systems enable consent. Our society exists to invent, create, build, test, deploy, promote, and to encourage the development of such systems.

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