Private Internet Access goes Open Source

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 by Christel Dahlskjaer
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PIA Open Source Chrome Browser Extension

Today marks the start of an exciting shift over here at Private Internet Access. As long-time supporters of the Free and Open Source Software community, we have started the process of open sourcing our software, and over the next six months we will be releasing the source code for all our client-side applications, as well as libraries and extensions.

We are extremely grateful to the Free and Open Source Software community for creating the foundations of the Internet as we know it. And while we may be late to the party, we are looking forward to furthering our work with a movement that aligns with our own passions, on both a personal and professional level.

We believe that the shift to open source is the right move for a privacy-focused business, and recognise that code transparency is key. We appreciate that our code may not be perfect, and we hope that the wider FOSS community will get involved, provide feedback, feature requests, bug fixes and generally help provide a greater service to the wider privacy movement.

Today, we are opening up the first of many repositories, the chrome extension, that allows users to access our network of proxies from their web browser. The chrome extension also boasts additional privacy and security features such as disabling the microphone and camera, blocking flash and ip discovery through WebRTC, and can also automatically block ads and tracking through PIA MACETM. Please note that the extension will protect traffic from the browser only and will NOT offer any protection when using other applications.

“Let’s continue to fight the good fight. Freedom is an earned right, and we must continue to re-earn it everyday. As the world continues to fight, Private Internet Access will be there. In crypto we trust.” — Andrew Lee, Private Internet Access Founder, and long-term FOSS contributor.

Head over to GitHub, check out the repo and get involved! You can find us in #privateinternetaccess on chat.freenode.net if you have questions, comments or simply want to find out more about what we are up to.

Our longer term goal is to release all our code into the open, and we hope that you will join us on our journey. We have some exciting things planned, and would love to hear from you if you want to get involved … and don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog and/or social media as we will be throwing some exciting launch events further down the line.

It should come as no surprise that we think that open source is awesome, and as long-term consumers of open source we are really happy to now be in a position where we can contribute back.

If you have any questions or comments, please do drop us a line to opensource@privateinternetaccess.com, we look forward to speaking with you and hope that our transparency will ensure that you have some peace of mind.

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About Christel Dahlskjaer

Christel is the VP of Open Source and Digital Advocacy at Private Internet Access. She is a privacy and digital rights advocate, a firm believer in software freedom and a bit of an all-round activist. She enjoys real ale, decent scotch and good conversation. She does not enjoy internet shutdowns and believes we must #KeepItOn.

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13 Comments

  1. john

    Good work, guys! Been a customer for a few years already (Linux/Android) and you keep hitting all the checkmarks. The ad-blocking feature on your Android App was another positive (and welcomed) innovation on this front.

    While I’m here… maybe it’s time for an Android firewall app? I say this because most (all?) no-root firewalls require use of the VPN service. VPNs and Firewalls simply bump heads on Android but a single company tackling both might be able to come up with a solution:)

    9 months ago
  2. Karl Fogel

    Congratulations! Very glad to see this happening. Quick typo fix you might want to make: “…will offer any protection when using other applications” probably meant to be “…will _not_ offer any protection…”.

    9 months ago
    1. Karl Fogel

      Heh, you fixed the typo during the time I was writing my original comment.

      9 months ago
      1. Christel Dahlskjaer

        Thank you for trying to bring it to my attention though (and all of those who managed to bring it to my attention!) 🙂

        9 months ago
  3. Jay_M

    Great news! PIA just gets better and better! Looking forward to what the open source community brings to PIA’s software!

    9 months ago
  4. miranda

    Yay, congratulations! I’ve been a fan of PIA for a long time and I’m excited for this move!

    9 months ago
  5. Joseph

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    9 months ago
  6. Ronnie O'Brien

    man I’m for person that I ain’t even got the internet itself slow I’d love to have free Wi-Fi I mean that really helped me up I would help people if I can just if you got stuff we need to do just let me know this is Ronnie and thank you

    9 months ago
  7. Frank

    Hi, I find what you do very interesting. The idea of open-sourcing the internet makes for better learning for those who want to. Making our service private is also a very important part of the internet. I’m currently in the learning process. I would be glad to be of assistance in any way I can.

    9 months ago
  8. Lou

    Terrific news! Once everything is fully open, can we please get the Linux app included in the Debian/Ubuntu repos so that it can be downloaded/updated more easily than having to do it manually?

    9 months ago
  9. Mike

    It would be nice if they’d fix their issues with Windows 10 driver. Because of that, I got rid of it.

    9 months ago
  10. Internet Hero

    I absolutely love this! Keep on the good fight, and that is a lovely quote from the owner of PIA.

    Keep up the good fight guys. I believe in you!

    9 months ago
  11. Greg

    Absolutely great news and will keep me coming back as a supporter of PIA.

    8 months ago