Steve Phillips is creating privacy-enhancing apps & teaching you digital self-defense
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patrons

$48
per month

I exist to defend human privacy, and I need your help.


I am here to help as many people as I can to win their privacy and security back, and to amplify the efforts of activists, journalists, and non-profits!  I'm achieving this by:
  1. Creating free, easy-to-use, open source, secure apps that protect your privacy;
  2. Providing free surveillance self-defense training workshops, blog posts, and online videos during which I teach all attendees and viewers how to use Signal, Tor, and other critical privacy-enhancing software; and
  3. Amplifying the efforts activists, journalists, and non-profits buy building the Pursuance System, started by Barrett Brown, and leading ultimately to a vast and formidable ecosystem of opposition to institutionalized injustice.
Every dollar you donate helps me in this endeavor. Thanks so much for your support!

About Me

  1. I studied math and philosophy in college and I've been a tutor, programmer, and entrepreneur ever since; I love to teach and to embark upon ambitious projects!
  2. In 2010 I co-founded Santa Barbara Hackerspace, a 501(c)(3) non-profit hackerspace in -- you guessed it -- Santa Barbara, which has expanded 4 times since.
  3. In 2012 I was inspired by the work of Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) as well as the Tor Project, so I began writing encryption software, like Cloakcast, a chat app which sends a decoy chat message every second so attackers can't tell when you're privately communicating.
  4. In 2015 I gave a talk at the DEF CON security conference, "the world's largest underground hacker conference."
  5. In January of 2016 I decided to dedicate at least the next decade of my life to bringing about a revolution in personal privacy.

    Today, privacy-respecting software is rare.  But if we are to live in a world unlike this one -- a world of ubiquitous suspicionless surveillance -- then privacy must become the norm.
Help me bring about the privacy revolution we desperately need... and get some great rewards while doing it that helps protect your privacy now!

Tiers
Access to Monthly Online Security Training!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Every month I'm doing a live video stream where I teach you how to use various security/privacy-enhancing apps such as Signal, Tor, and various others. For just $1/month, you can watch live!
Early Bird Beta Tester
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Be among the first to try every new version of every privacy app I create! Coming soon:

All apps are open source and end-to-end encrypted. CrypTag Notes is a desktop app (for Windows, Mac, and Linux), and can be used anonymously over the Tor anonymity network!
  • CrypTag Notes, a secure note-taking and collaborative wiki app for groups and individuals
  • LeapChat, an anonymous, end-to-end encrypted, in-browser chat application
  • miniShare, a web app that lets you securely share files, text, or URLs with others just by sending them a one-time-use link
  • Pursuance, an end-to-end encrypted environment designed to enable activists and journalists to more effectively oppose injustice, and to enable non-profits to better harness the energy of their supporters
Vote On Which Apps I Cover + Ask Questions Live During Monthly Online Security Training!
$4 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Got questions about protecting your privacy online using various privacy apps? Want to vote on which apps I teach you how to use during my monthly security training, AND get your questions answered live? If so, this reward is for you!
Priority Privacy App Support
$8 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Need help protecting your privacy with some app I'm familiar with?  Look no further -- I'll assist you right away!
Access Exclusive Secure Group Chat + Get Thanked in Every App Release + ALL Above Rewards!
$32 or more per month 1 patron
At this tier you get access to the one and only Patreon $32+ chat room, plus all rewards from the above tiers, and you'll get officially thanked by name (or alias) on cryptag.org, as well as thanked in every CrypTag app released, including CrypTag Notes and Backchannel!
Hero: 1-Hour 1-on-1 Secure Video Chat With Me EVERY Month + ALL Above Rewards!
$64 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Need 1-on-1 help from me about any and all things security- and privacy-related in a secure online setting for a full hour every month?  Let's do this!

This tier also includes the rewards from all previous tiers -- priority support for getting my help with privacy apps, ask questions and vote on which apps I cover during my online trainings, early beta tester access, and access to my Patreon online trainings!
Goals
$48 of $200 per month
Once I reach $200 in total support, I'll create a monthly video showing off my latest results! These range from new versions of secure apps I've released, to new training material I've made that anyone can use to protect themselves online!
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I exist to defend human privacy, and I need your help.


I am here to help as many people as I can to win their privacy and security back, and to amplify the efforts of activists, journalists, and non-profits!  I'm achieving this by:
  1. Creating free, easy-to-use, open source, secure apps that protect your privacy;
  2. Providing free surveillance self-defense training workshops, blog posts, and online videos during which I teach all attendees and viewers how to use Signal, Tor, and other critical privacy-enhancing software; and
  3. Amplifying the efforts activists, journalists, and non-profits buy building the Pursuance System, started by Barrett Brown, and leading ultimately to a vast and formidable ecosystem of opposition to institutionalized injustice.
Every dollar you donate helps me in this endeavor. Thanks so much for your support!

About Me

  1. I studied math and philosophy in college and I've been a tutor, programmer, and entrepreneur ever since; I love to teach and to embark upon ambitious projects!
  2. In 2010 I co-founded Santa Barbara Hackerspace, a 501(c)(3) non-profit hackerspace in -- you guessed it -- Santa Barbara, which has expanded 4 times since.
  3. In 2012 I was inspired by the work of Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) as well as the Tor Project, so I began writing encryption software, like Cloakcast, a chat app which sends a decoy chat message every second so attackers can't tell when you're privately communicating.
  4. In 2015 I gave a talk at the DEF CON security conference, "the world's largest underground hacker conference."
  5. In January of 2016 I decided to dedicate at least the next decade of my life to bringing about a revolution in personal privacy.

    Today, privacy-respecting software is rare.  But if we are to live in a world unlike this one -- a world of ubiquitous suspicionless surveillance -- then privacy must become the norm.
Help me bring about the privacy revolution we desperately need... and get some great rewards while doing it that helps protect your privacy now!

Recent posts by Steve Phillips

Tiers
Access to Monthly Online Security Training!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Every month I'm doing a live video stream where I teach you how to use various security/privacy-enhancing apps such as Signal, Tor, and various others. For just $1/month, you can watch live!
Early Bird Beta Tester
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Be among the first to try every new version of every privacy app I create! Coming soon:

All apps are open source and end-to-end encrypted. CrypTag Notes is a desktop app (for Windows, Mac, and Linux), and can be used anonymously over the Tor anonymity network!
  • CrypTag Notes, a secure note-taking and collaborative wiki app for groups and individuals
  • LeapChat, an anonymous, end-to-end encrypted, in-browser chat application
  • miniShare, a web app that lets you securely share files, text, or URLs with others just by sending them a one-time-use link
  • Pursuance, an end-to-end encrypted environment designed to enable activists and journalists to more effectively oppose injustice, and to enable non-profits to better harness the energy of their supporters
Vote On Which Apps I Cover + Ask Questions Live During Monthly Online Security Training!
$4 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Got questions about protecting your privacy online using various privacy apps? Want to vote on which apps I teach you how to use during my monthly security training, AND get your questions answered live? If so, this reward is for you!
Priority Privacy App Support
$8 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Need help protecting your privacy with some app I'm familiar with?  Look no further -- I'll assist you right away!
Access Exclusive Secure Group Chat + Get Thanked in Every App Release + ALL Above Rewards!
$32 or more per month 1 patron
At this tier you get access to the one and only Patreon $32+ chat room, plus all rewards from the above tiers, and you'll get officially thanked by name (or alias) on cryptag.org, as well as thanked in every CrypTag app released, including CrypTag Notes and Backchannel!
Hero: 1-Hour 1-on-1 Secure Video Chat With Me EVERY Month + ALL Above Rewards!
$64 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Need 1-on-1 help from me about any and all things security- and privacy-related in a secure online setting for a full hour every month?  Let's do this!

This tier also includes the rewards from all previous tiers -- priority support for getting my help with privacy apps, ask questions and vote on which apps I cover during my online trainings, early beta tester access, and access to my Patreon online trainings!