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[liberationtech] Introducing SilentKeys Secure Keyboard

Iann De Maria iann at
Thu May 26 14:40:03 PDT 2016

Hello Libtech,

we're Preevio, we're behind the SilentKeys project ( - http://hvaudvqty72cxnbo.onion ) and someone
suggested we share it with you over here. Some of you may have heard
about it via the Tails mailing list. To put it bluntly, SilentKeys is a
Tails fork inside a clever keyboard tailored for our Grandmas and
technophobic friends (you know, the kind who'll buy a new computer just
because windows updates went titsup). We are aware there are no silver
bullets in infosec, and that for most people reading this, SilentKeys
probably doesn't seem like much.

Yet we're pushing this project for folks who'll never come to crypto
parties and just want to browse, bank, shop, research or talk in
relative (yet way higher than WiniOSXid) safety. People who want to use
their computers without having to worry about whether or not their OS or
ISP is snitching on them, if malware is stealing their data or if
they're leaving crumbs all over. We want to help them get easy access to
robust respectful computing, identity, usage and data
compartmentalization, encryption by default and quite simply to enable
easy access to a secure and private digital space.

We believe our technical choices (including using Tails infosec design),
a familiar yet sleek hardware format as well as physical separation and
hardware “read-only-ness” are novel mainstream propositions and fit our
bill. We believe SilentKeys dodges the pitfalls of the dreaded "false
sense of security". You're welcome to disagree of course, and by coming
out like this we really wish to engage in order to get constructive

We envision SilentKeys as a collective and collaborative project
designed to give more visibility to privacy awareness, free software
(and its considerable security benefits), digital decentralization and
encryption to the general public.

We want to help massify open-source encrypted software usage and traffic
to dilute and hinder targeted scrutiny of people who really depend on
those to report news, protect their privacy and insure both their
integrity and a reasonably safe access to the Web. This is about
securing the end point, encrypting traffic, upholding anonymity and
doing our part by raising awareness.

We want to help improve security and privacy ecosystem's UX, generate
resources to properly and consistently support open software/network
development (both commercial and non-commercial : foundations, NGO's,
Tor relays etc) to make everyone who cares safer. It shouldn't matter
whether they're geeks or not or whether they use SilentKeys or not. Our
project is one brick amongst many which we hope will appeal and cater to
a new, wider audience, the kind of people that may be technically
challenged or frightened but are morally exasperated or infuriated by
the privacy seppuku that ads, govs and big corps are pushing for.

Thanks for reading, we'd be happy to answer any questions you have and
we welcome both feedback and suggestions.

We're reachable here and via e-mail, Tox, OTR and Telegram.

Preevio Team.

*Iann De Maria*
+33 (0)695 933 867
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