[guardian-dev] Blackphone

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Thu Jan 16 11:33:11 EST 2014

On 01/16/2014 11:07 AM, Peter Villeneuve wrote:
> Perhaps I'm being overly paranoid, but to me, nowadays, security/privacy
> and US company in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron.

While many of the Guardian core team are US citizens and residents, much
like the Tor Project, we do our best to mitigate that "flaw" through
transparency and decentralization.

We do have a small private business that we use to get contracts related
to mobile security work, but it has no rights over anything related to
the Guardian Project code, source, etc. We also have posted notices
about warrant canaries, etc and actively support fighting against things
like National Security Letters (see my advisory position at Nick
Merrill's Calyx Institute:

Your paranoid is justified though when it comes to purchasing commercial
hosting services. This is why we don't launch closed, for-pay centrally
hosted services, and instead focus on open-source and teaching other
people how to host their own infrastructure. While we have blurred that
line with our Ostel.co service, we are eager to have others expand that
network abroad, and are already underway with new instances coming
online in Iceland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

All in all, as an eighth-generation American (my family has been in
California so long we used to be Mexican!), I do have some pride left in
this beautiful land, and hope we can do some part to earn back what
trust we still can.


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