Privly is about creating a square deal for users, and that can’t be done with a closed-source, proprietary platform. Anyone can add their skills to the project and their contribution will be protected by a federally recognized non-profit called the Privly Foundation.

Getting Started:

  1. Start by joining the Development Mailing List
  2. Then join our IRC channel, #Privly on
  3. Then read through the Development Guide
  4. Each repository has its own README, but content not specific to a single repository will be in the central wiki.
  5. Official announcements are found on
  6. Live versions of the content server can be found at and (development).


Sean McGregor: Chrome, Firefox, Content Server, Test Cases, Privly Applications
Daniel Reichert: Privly Applications
Shivam Verma: Android
Garrett Seward: Privly-Flask

Past Contributors:
Jen Davidson
Swetal Patel
Vlad Fulgeanu
Trevor Bramwell
Balaji Athreya
Sanchit Karve
Bhavul Gauri
Hanno Wagner
Jesse Hostetler
Jesse Markowitz
Hery Ratsimihah
Gitanshu Sardana
Geoffrey Corey
Metla Ivan
Quazi Marufur Rahman
Kendall Bailey
Mikky Cecil
Tyler Dugoni
Ravneet Singh
Jason Jacob
Jesse Pollak
Rohan Durve
Jordan Vrvilo
Joseph Selman
Ravi Kishore
Charles Martin
Jared Howe (User Docs)
Dragoș Alin Rotaru
David Haslem
Pankaj Malhotra

Organization: The Privly Foundation

Privacy on the internet is not something that can–or should–be owned. Privly’s 2012 Kickstarter funded the creation of the Privly Foundation. Incorporating the technology into a recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt foundation ensures the mission focus of Privly will be maintained. We thank our many donors on the Privly donation page.

More information about the Privly Foundation can be found on The inaugural Privly Foundation board meeting took place in September 2012 with the following board members:

Sean McGregor - Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at Oregon State University
Sean McGregor is the creator and lead developer for the Privly project. A native of the United States, McGregor is a PhD student in computer science at Oregon State University. In 2008, McGregor earned a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College, with studies in computer science, environmental policy, government, and economics.

Carlos Jensen - Associate Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University
Carlos Jensen is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Oregon State University (OSU). He received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005, where he was a member of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center (GVU).

His areas of research are in Usable Privacy and Security (HCISec), with a particular focus on making online decisions about privacy and security understandable and meaningful to users. He also does research related to open source communities.

Leslie Hawthorn - Community Manager at Elasticsearch
An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads community relations efforts.

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