Your internet is increasingly not your own, as the government spends vast sums of money to build listening stations to intercept and pick through your personal data, while the Patriot Act continues to metastasize. Your ISP isn’t on your side, be it your home internet provider like Time Warner or Cablevision, or a wireless provider like AT&T–they’ll give up your data pretty much at the drop of an FBI agent’s hat.
A small internet startup based out of New York, the Calyx Institute, is trying to change that by providing internet service that is both completely secure from prying eyes while also maintaining an intention to publicize and fight government attempts at eavesdropping through its networks.
[Founder Nicolas Merrill’s] recipe for Calyx was inspired by those six years of interminable legal wrangling with the Feds: Take wireless service like that offered by Clear, which began selling 4G WiMAX broadband in 2009. Inject end-to-end encryption for Web browsing. Add e-mail that’s stored in encrypted form, so even Calyx can’t read it after it arrives. Wrap all of this up into an easy-to-use package and sell it for competitive prices, ideally around $20 a month without data caps, though perhaps prepaid for a full year.
“The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying” with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands, Merrill says.
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