Deface prevents Facebook from reading your messages.

Public release coming in 2019.

Messaging apps such as Signal have successfully brought encryption technology to peopleโ€™s private communications. With Deface, we want to bring encryption to public conversations.

Deface leverages encryption and peer-to-peer technologies in order to protect peopleโ€™s social media feeds. It currently exists as a Chrome extension prototype, and we expect to release the application to the public some time in 2019. In the meantime, you can you can follow progress and contribute to the project on Gitlab.

Find Deface on Gitlab

We need your help! ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒŸ

Deface is an open source effort, and we're actively looking for help in several tracks of work listed below. If your profile doesn't fit in these categories, we would still love to hear from you: Weโ€™re committed to assembling a diverse set of voices and skill sets, and to providing a safe space for conversation.

๐Ÿ Community organizers & activists

Before releasing Deface to the public, we want to identify communities that are vulnerable to surveillance and could benefit from this work. We hope to work together to find out if Deface can support them, and how they can be best served.

๐Ÿฟ Web & mobile app engineers

Most urgently, we need to design and implement a DOM manipulation system that's robust. In the longer run, we also need to port Deface to mobile platforms, where most users consume social media content. Check out deface repositories on Gitlab to get started.

๐Ÿฆœ Copywriters & translators

Encryption technology is not very exciting to most people, which is why we feel it is critical to make it more approachable for a diverse audience.

๐Ÿ’ Social science researchers

Deface poses several ethical challenges. We need help identifying and mitigating risks posed to vulnerable communities. We want to develop a framework for responsible data use, and document our findings.

๐Ÿ˜ Lawyers

In anticipation of Facebook's reaction, we want to plan our legal strategy. This includes protecting ourselves, but also plan for strategic litigation.

๐Ÿœ Grant program managers

Deface has been a self-initiated, self-funded project since the beginning. If you know of a grant or fellowship program who would be interested in supporting us, please be in touch. Compensating our contributors matters to us.

๐Ÿฆ‘ Peer-to-peer engineers

Deface relies on a Distributed Hash Table forked from Protocol Lab's js-libp2p. We need help in reviewing the performance and security of our system. Additionally, we plan to research alternatives to reCaptcha as a verification mechanism. Check out our technical documentation for more information.

๐Ÿฆข Designers

Deface's interface is still in its infancy. Eventually we would love to add in-app security information, guarantee accessibility, and provide recovery features. We would also like to create engaging video content to communicate why this project is necessary, and how it works.

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