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The Guardian Project (software)

The Guardian Project
Commercial? No
Type of project Research and development, Open-source software, Encryption software, Mobile security, Internet privacy
Founder Nathan Freitas
Established 2009 (2009)
Website .infoguardianproject

The Guardian Project is a global collective of software developers, designers, advocates, activists and trainers who develop open source mobile security software and operating system enhancements.[1] They also create customized mobile devices to help individuals communicate more freely and protect themselves from intrusion and monitoring. The effort specifically focuses on users who live or work in high-risk situations, and who often face constant surveillance and intrusion attempts into their mobile devices and communication streams.

History

Founder Nathan Freitas speaking at the Unlike Us conference in 2013[2]

The Guardian Project was founded by Nathan Freitas in 2009 in NGOs, commercial partners and news organizations to support their mobile security software capabilities.

In November 2014, "ChatSecure + Orbot" received a top score on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's secure messaging scorecard, along with Cryptocat, TextSecure, "Signal / RedPhone", Silent Phone, and Silent Text.[6] "Jitsi + Ostel" scored 6 out of 7 points on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's secure messaging scorecard. They lost a point because there has not been a recent independent code audit.[6]

Funding

The Guardian Project has received funding from Google, UC Berkeley with the MacArthur Foundation, Avaaz, Internews, Open Technology Fund, WITNESS, the Knight Foundation, Benetech, and Free Press Unlimited.[7]

Through work on partner projects like The Tor Project, Commotion mesh and StoryMaker, they have received indirect funding from both the US State Department through the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Internet Freedom program, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through HIVOS.

Active projects

Orbot

Orbot

Orbot brings the capabilities of Tor to Android. Tor uses Onion Routing to provide access to network services that may be blocked, censored or monitored, while also protecting the identity of the user requesting those resources.[8]

Orfox

On 30 June 2015, The Guardian Project announced a stable alpha of Orfox, the mobile counterpart of the Tor Browser. Orfox is built from Fennec (Firefox for Android) code and the Tor Browser code repository, and is given security hardening patches by the Tor Browser development team. Some of the Orfox build work is based on the [Fennec] F-Droid project.[9]

In Orfox, the project removed the WebRTC component, Chromecast connectivity, app permissions to access the camera, microphone, contacts (address book), location data (GPS et al.), and NFC.[9][10] Orfox is to supersede the Orweb browser project.[9]

Orweb

Orweb is a privacy enhanced web browser that supports proxies. When used with Orbot, Orweb protects against network analysis, blocks cookies, keeps no local browsing history, and disables Flash to keep the user safe.[8]

ChatSecure

ChatSecure, formerly Gibberbot,[11] is a full featured instant messaging application integrated with the Off-the-Record encrypted chat protocol. The app is built on Google’s open-source Talk app and modified to support the Jabber XMPP protocol.[8]

ObscuraCam

A secure camera app that can obscure, encrypt or destroy pixels within an image. This project is in partnership with [8]

Ostel

A tool for having end-to-end encrypted VoIP calls.[12] This is a public testbed of the Open Secure Telephony Network (OSTN) project, with the goal of promoting the use of free, open protocols, standards and software, to power end-to-end secure voice communications on mobile devices, as well as with desktop computers.[8]

Additional projects

Third party projects that are supported, developed on, and recommended by The Guardian Project:[8]

K-9 and OpenKeychain

K-9 Mail is an open-source app based on Android’s built-in Email app. The project is focused on making it easy to manage multiple accounts and large volumes of email, as well supporting OpenPGP encryption using OpenKeychain.[8]

CSipSimple

CSipSimple is a free and open source SIP client for Android that provides end-to-end encryption using ZRTP. This app is compatible with an Ostel account for making secure VoIP calls on Android.[8]

TextSecure

TextSecure, developed by Open Whisper Systems, provides a robust encrypted instant messaging and text messaging solution on Android.[8] It is intended to be used in place of the standard text messaging application.[13] TextSecure users can exchange encrypted messages, media and attachments. The application uses end-to-end encryption to secure all messages that are sent to other TextSecure users.[14][15][16]

Linphone

Linphone is a free and open source SIP client for Apple iOS, Android, and desktop that provides end-to-end encryption using ZRTP. This app is compatible with an Ostel account for making secure voice and video calls.

Osmand

Osmand is the most private map app because it works completely offline. The map data is downloaded from OpenStreetMap. As of version 2.0, it can also understand many different location sharing URLs, as well as download map data via Tor by setting the proxy.

Distribution

The Guardian Project offers downloads of its apps from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, directly from their website, and through an F-Droid compatible repository.[8][17] Direct downloads are signed and can be verified with the developer's key.[18]

See also

References

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  2. ^ http://networkcultures.org/unlikeus/2013/03/25/nathan-freitas-checking-in-for-the-greater-good/
  3. ^ Nathan Freitas Tweet on Twitter
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  7. ^ https://guardianproject.info/home/partners/
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j
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External links

  • Website of The Guardian Project
  • Blog of The Guardian Project
  • Guardian Project on Twitter
  • The Guardian Project on GitHub
  • Official F-Droid repository (Open in F-Droid app)
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