Projects & Activities
|Encrypted Internet Peering Project||
The underlying functionality of the Internet at a network engineering level is an esoteric field of study. However, as the Internet becomes more and more central to civic life and international politics it becomes more evident that the structure of the Internet is crucial to cyber-security and privacy.
The Internet has roughly 300 "Internet Exchanges" (IX's) distributed around the world. Internet Exhanges are physical infrastructures through which Internet service providers (ISPs) exchange Internet traffic between their networks.
For historical reasons, Internet Exchanges run "in the clear" without encryption of the data that passes across them. The fact that such volumes of traffic pass without cryptographic assurance of and protection of their contents is a huge security problem, not to mention a privacy implications.
This is why The Calyx Institute is developing a test-bed for an encrypted Internet Exchange, called CRYPTO-IX which will attempt to define a new set of best practices for IX's, by standardizing on security and integrity controls for all data passing from provider to provider.
|Security & Privacy Focused Mobile Telephony Research||
Android is Google's open source mobile phone operating system based on Linux.
The Calyx Institute is researching mobile telephone security and towards that goal, is developing a variant of the Android operating system that includes security and privacy enhancements including but not limited to:
* Encrypted voice communications
|Secure Broadband Research Testbed||
Our Secure Broadband Research Testbed project aims to perform research into a new set of privacy and security best practices for the telecommunications industry and to educate the public about what is lacking in the status quo model and how to ensure the security of their communications when using digital services.