Happy New Year from Simply Secure: 2019 Reflections

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It’s hard to believe it, but 2019 is coming to an end! It’s been a big year at Simply Secure, leveraging design and usability to make tools safer and better protect user privacy. We’ve been trying out new ideas, working with new projects, experimenting with new formats, engaging in new spaces, and all with an eye towards supporting the community where they need it. I’ve been honored to lead the team for a full year now (!!!), and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2020. Our mission feels more critical than ever now, so I hope you’ll consider supporting us this year, and sharing our work with your network.

2019 Accomplishments

Design & UX Support

  • We worked with projects like NoScript, an extension that gives users control over the scripts that run in their browsers, and OCCRP Aleph, a data tool for journalists focused on organized crime and corruption. These tools are now easier to use, safer, and more effective for their users’ needs.
  • Through a partnership with Code for Science & Society, we started new collaborations with PREreview, a tool aiming to diversify and open science by enabling open review of preprints, and Measurement Lab, an open internet measurement platform.
  • In collaboration with Mozilla and many industry partners, the University of Dundee launched the Open Design of Trusted Technology (OpenDOTT) PhD program!
  • Of course, we continued our core partnerships, coaching projects in the Prototype Fund & working with teams through the Open Tech Fund’s Usability Lab.
  • As the year comes to a close, we’ve been working with the GlobaLeaks team to improve the usability of their whistleblowing platform and kicking off a project with OTF to improve their application process.

Open Research & Tools

Building Community & Convening

2020 Looking Ahead

  • We’re excited to be planning projects with delta.chat, Tor Metrics, Mozilla’s Open Source Support (MOSS) program, Internews, and Python’s PIP CLI.
  • We are piloting a fiscally sponsored projects model (more soon!)
  • We hope to expand our community of advisors (reach out if you’d like to learn more!)
  • And we hope to run another Underexposed residency and more human rights centered design (#HRCD) convenings, supporting a growing community of people working to build usable tools that protect our safety and privacy.

With support from people like you, we are able to support more people and projects around the world through design and ux support, mentoring, resources, open research, events, workshops, and an online community.

Let’s keep working to build trustworthy technology together.

See you in 2020!


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