THE PRIVUM NETWORK
Existing Privus Products
Privus is Privum’s parent company established in Zug, Switzerland in January of 2016.
Privus has been successfully providing Privacy-as-a-Service for governments, businesses and high net worth individuals, having proved its trustworthiness, integrity and unmatched security in the digital privacy field.
Privus has existing products, clients and revenue, and now seeks to build a new underlying infrastructure for the internet – the Privum network – that will add another layer of security and anonymity to its existing and future products.
Privus’s existing flagship product in use worldwide is SecurLine, built with privacy at its core to be the most advanced, secure and transparent encryption app for smartphones, offering high quality HD voice and video calls, conference calls, text and image messaging. SecurLine works in tandem with Privus’s current network infrastructure to ensure maximum security and bulletproof privacy.
A decentralized network enabling anyone anywhere in the world to reclaim their privacy and Internet freedom without fear of disruption, surveillance or persecution.
Secure, peer-to-peer incentivized network, built on blockchain, employing the most advanced cryptographic and stealth technologies.
Decentralized and secure blockchain network for node registration and service transactions.
Onion Routing to hamper traffic analysis and protect anonymity.
We employ end to end encryption using post-quantum algorithms to protect the network against future attacks on the horizon.
Self-sustained peer-to-peer incentivized network, without any intermediary fees.
Node reputation scoring via machine learning.
Open source code, published on Github and auditable by 3rd parties.
The accomplished Wu Cheng is fascinated by open blockchain technology and keen to use crypto-currencies and to see for himself their impact in the real world, their ability to reach the unbanked and to help send money to his aging mother without having to pay a fortune to or seek permission from intermediaries.
John is a young man attending a prestigious University in the USA. He aspires to run for political office one day. Like most young men of his age, he spends a significant part of his day online surfing various websites, some of which are deemed not safe for work.
Manuel, a waiter from Barcelona, is travelling to India on his holidays and wants to watch his favourite Spanish show on a video-streaming platform, but the provider is geoblocking access to that specific show in India due to licensing rights.
An experienced, multidisciplinary team applying the successful know-how developed at Privus to overcome increasing surveillance, control and censorship on the internet
A former intelligence officer and whitehat hacker, Henrique has unique experience and exceptional insight in the fields of digital surveillance and counter-surveillance and is an early blockchain advocate.
As a self-taught whitehat hacker he became increasingly passionate about open source software and encryption, which, together with his background in economics and political science, lead him to serve in the intelligence and security services for 14 years, holding various responsibilities, including as Head of Technical Operations and founder of a cyber intelligence unit. He left government service to work in the private sector as CTO of online payments company Easypay, and then co-founded Privus.
His unique experience as a cyber-warrior, case officer and manager, gives him exceptional insight in the fields of digital surveillance and counter-surveillance. Having witnessed firsthand the unprecedented power of the surveillance state and the private sector to collect enormous amounts of private data he is concerned about the dystopian future we are creating for our children and determined to use blockchain, to do something about it. He is an early crypto advocate, having read Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper in the summer of 2009.
His experience with Privus has convinced him that the world needs a censorship-resistant, open source, peer-to-peer network secured by decentralised blockchain technology. Thus the Privum Network project was born, under the aegis of Privus.
With extensive knowledge and experience in financial and business advisory, Luis has a passion for privacy and is an avid supporter of the blockchain paradigm shift. He is a Co-Founder of Privus with Henrique.
Following a 25-year international career in investment banking with responsibilities at Barclays, UBS, Rothschild and Citigroup, leading a number of international benchmark transactions. He left to co-found Rockbridge, a specialist advisory boutique, and Clover Venture Partners, a consulting and investment firm, to help the development of smaller companies and nascent projects, such as Privus.
He is passionate about privacy and is a firm supporter of the ground-breaking developments of decentralised blockchain technology (which he believes will fundamentally change the relationship between state and individual), two ideas which he is enthusiastically developing as Co-Founder and Director of Privus.
Pedro has a multidisciplinary background in IT, with significant management responsibilities. He is a mentor for several start-ups, and an early enthusiast of blockchain technology.
With more than 20 years of experience in business development and business software, Pedro has dedicated the last few years to developing and rolling out globally, forecast and sales planning systems for a large German multinational and, in parallel, has been a mentor for several start-ups mainly exploring the IT services environment.
He is an early enthusiast of blockchain technology and a firm believer in the positive impact that this new paradigm brings to the world. A fervent advocate of learning by doing, Pedro has also been busy with GPU mining since last year.
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Rui is an experienced and pragmatic leader in IT, dedicated to creating solutions through process automation and machine learning, and a long-time open source evangelist.
He has 25 years of IT experience in the financial sector at various levels and with significant responsibilities, beginning his professional journey as a developer. He has held key management positions throughout his IT career and, more recently, served as CTO for a multinational in the financial services sector.
A long-time open source evangelist, he has focused his attention on process automation, using web crawlers, machine learning and natural language processing (nlp), a valuable set of tools which, allied to his leadership skills and no-nonsense approach, are essential to the Project.
As well as a serial entrepreneur in his own right and a community leader, Luis is a highly proficient, senior full-stack developer and tenacious problem solver.
As a self-designated tenacious problem solver, team leader and team player, Luis is also a serial entrepreneur having established a number of companies in the technology and multimedia space as well as a successful, local community NGO, which he still chairs.
His role as a single parent of his two children, a keen beekeeper and organic farmer, have helped to hone his leadership skills over time, learning to become an empathetic listener and a persuasive speaker, and acquiring solid organizational skills.
His passion for solving problems is occasionally disrupted by the odd lost bee, or by his weakness for honey, fresh manure, a little Zen and a good book.
João is a self-taught networking, security and web development enthusiast with significant professional experience internationally and a fascination for online collaboration and decentralisation.
After freelancing during his university years, he began his career at an IT company developing financial software geared towards governments. Leaving to finish his master’s thesis on social network gaming, he subsequently joined PDM&FC, a software development and information services consulting provider where he has been for over five years.
During this period, he has developed tools and web applications for several clients as well as for internal projects, including the security department of a large multinational ISP.
His has a fascination for online collaboration and decentralisation and a weakness for new, exciting ideas and technological challenges
Sérgio is focused on data science and machine learning with a proven ability to solve big problems successfully.
His six year background as a software developer includes responsibility for major international projects such as the development of video acquisition systems for sports analysis software, image processing modules for the energy industry and a framework for deep neural network training for healthcare research.
In his spare time, he likes to record and produce music with friends at his studio.
Gonçalo is an international award-winning designer, conceptual artist and teacher as well as a passionate learner, and an advocate of individual responsibility and privacy.
An accomplished artist, art director and experienced graphic designer, Gonçalo is a passionate learner, and is as comfortable and proficient with the latest 3D modelling tools and other digital media as he is with charcoal, watercolours and oils.
He shares our philosophy of individual responsibility and privacy, our thirst for creativity, and plays a mean game of table tennis.
João is Founder and Design Lead of @44StudioHQ as well as co-founder of Sparks (acquired by Dropbox), and passionate about creating unforgettable user experiences.
He was previously a Co-Founder of Sparks, which was acquired by Dropbox, and was the Lead UI Designer at Handy.
OUR EXCEPTIONAL ADVISORS
Dinis is one of the most influential people in blockchain, an accomplished author, speaker and lecturer and advisor to start-ups, governments and multinationals.
Dinis is currently the Founder and CEO of lifesdna – the world’s first peer-to-peer, blockchain search engine and marketplace for secure collection, storage and exchange of healthcare, wellness and lifestyle data, powered by distributed ledger technology and artificial intelligence – and Ztudium a technological boutique publisher studio and a web innovation digital company that delivers pioneering consultancy in web, strategy, optimisation and social media solutions.
Dinis is involved as a strategist, board member and advisor in various companies including the blockchain reward community app Glance technologies, where he leads its white label blockchain division; Blockimpact; the seminal Hyperloop Transportations project; and Kora. He has created and has helped to create numerous companies, some now worth over hundreds of millions of dollars and has worked with global institutions such as UN/UNITAR, UNESCO, the European Space Agency, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard and Barclays, as well as advising governments and regulators all over the world.
Andrew is a highly experienced VC, entrepreneur, adviser and widely read author on venture capital and the blockchain revolution, who has successfully and confidently made the transition to the latter and is a keen promoter of distributed ledger technology. He is in no doubt that tokens and crypto will “eat the world”!
Andrew is an active adviser to corporates and governments on CVC, blockchain and token economy regulations, and his latest book is entitled Masters of Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings.
An Infosec Europe Hall of Famer, David is a world-renowned authority, visionary and innovator in the cyber-security sector.
David has pioneered many new ideas in cybersecurity. Amongst others, he developed the first effective audit log analysis system, drafted the original text behind the ISO 27000 family of standards, and achieved the world’s first and largest accredited certifications, for which he is often called the “Father of ISO 27000”. David also founded the Jericho Forum (part of the Open Group) to promote the paradigm shift to a de-perimeterized network environment, and he sponsored the development of the world’s first and only fraud detection system modelled on the human immune system. He continues to invent new concepts and technologies for solving security and compliance problems.
David sits on several industry advisory boards, including IO Active, has written five books on Information Security Management, as well as numerous white papers for vendors and research institutes. He has won several awards and is a member of the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.
15 years of collaborating with an extensive network of multinational influencers, suppliers and professional resources in Blockchain, Crypto, Token Sale Events, Banking, Procurement/ Supply Chain,
Executive Producer of Bitcoin Foundation: Bitcoin2014 Initiative
Owner of Blockchain in Europe Group
Johan is an accomplished cryptographer, software engineer and cyber-security consultant with extensive experience developing and implementing cryptographic algorithms.
He now works as a software engineer and cybersecurity consultant, advising the VoIP opensource project Linphone, employing cryptographic techniques for secure communications and is the main contributor to the ZRTP stack and Signal protocol implementation.
Based in Italy for many years where, in addition to mastering the delicate art of cooking pasta, he was involved in software design on the Galileo global navigation system project.
He recently moved to Thailand and keeps up to date with the advances in cryptography to continue to solve the complex challenges of information security.
Jesus is the Founder and CEO of Bitbank and the COO of Apla, as well as a former intelligence officer and cyber-security expert and an active blockchain participant.
Jesus is also COO of Apla, a public blockchain with a first-of-its-kind built-in governance management and fully-fledged software environment for ecosystem creation.
Prior to his blockchain experience, Jesus worked for the Spanish Ministry of Defence and homeland security as a cybersecurity expert in the Centro Nacional de Intelligencia (National Intelligence Service). He holds diplomas as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) from the BlackHat Academy and IoT hacking security with Attify.
As a member of the House of Lords and an Infosec Europe Hall of Famer, Merlin is actively engaged in online business regulation, cyber-security and information assurance.
Concerned about regulation affecting business online, he chairs the Digital Policy Alliance and is a member of the Parliamentary ICT Forum and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship among others. He also chaired the British Standards Steering Group that produced PAS1296 for online age checking primarily aimed at protecting children.
He was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2010
Barnaby is a Queen’s Counsel, advising institutions on combating money laundering and terrorist financing.
Barnaby has been involved in a wide range of high-profile cases over the last decade and advises a number of financial and other institutions on combating money laundering and terrorist financing.
In addition to his court practice, Barnaby writes and lectures on terrorism law.
Jenny is CEO of Angelgate AG and a passionate supporter of entrepreneurs and an active ICO advisor.
With a background in the insurance sector and financial services, Jenny has spent the better part of the last 10 years dedicated exclusively to helping start-ups, early stage companies and entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Artur is co-founder and CTO at UTRUST and former Head of Development at Privus.
He was CTO of online payments company Easypay, Head of Development at Privus and, in 2017 launched the Utrust ICO, where he is a Co-Founder and CTO.
He is an early crypto enthusiast with immersive knowledge of blockchain payments and, following a number of advisory roles on several ICOs, has specialised as an independent consultant for token economics and ICO incentives.
Miguel is the former CSO at Privus and is a seasoned veteran in information security, currently working as a freelancer worldwide.
He has spent most of the last 12 years testing the digital security of hundreds of companies worldwide in sectors as diverse as finance, telecommunications, health, and energy, uncovering and helping to correct and mitigate thousands of vulnerabilities.
His chief priority is to ensure the Privum Network architecture is developed to the most demanding standards in digital security, is as robust and resilient as possible, and follows the best security practices, in order to assure the protection of end-users.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is the Privum Network?
The Privum Network is a new blockchain-enabled platform, layered over the existing Internet, that enables private, secure and censorship-resistant access to the Internet anywhere in the world.
To build this network we will develop Privum Nodes (DApps) that anyone can run on their computers and mobile devices.
Why would I need to use Privum?
The Internet is increasingly subject to censorship, disruption, surveillance and the collection and distribution of private data by third parties. Existing solutions to these types of controls are, in many cases, insecure and often unreliable. The Privum Network will allow users – “Buyers” – to browse the Internet securely, while safeguarding their privacy.
Additionally, the number of broadband connections continues to increase worldwide and most of these connections are often underused. Privum permits and incentivizes users – “Sellers” – to share their excess bandwidth with the wider community in exchange for PRV.
In short, as a Seller, you will earn PRV by sharing bandwidth with the Privum Network and, as a Buyer, and you will be able to use the Internet securely and in the knowledge that your privacy is being protected.
What happens to my data if I don’t use Privum?
It will continue to be collected, distributed and stored by ISPs and other corporations, government agencies, and even criminal organizations and hackers in multiple data bases across the world, feeding the Big Data algorithms that increasingly influence and run our lives. That includes your IT bosses at work, a bad employee in your ISP and/or the unfriendly hacker next door. The tendency is for this abuse of private data to increase and its perverse effects will become more and more apparent as the inevitable breaches of private data and the ensuing scandals demonstrate the breadth and depth of data collected and just how vulnerable it is.
The situation is worse with regard to metadata – data about data – which is produced on a daily basis, is growing exponentially, is easier to collect and analyze and the production of which, with the exception of tools such as the Privum Network, is practically unavoidable.
Privum reduces the amount of metadata generated by its users and minimizes any potential leakage of that metadata (that which is discoverable), ensuring the privacy of its users.
What is metadata and why is its leakage a threat to privacy?
Metadata is simply data about data, such as who is talking to whom, where from, when, for how long and from which device. It gives context about data but is not the content itself.
When a phone call is made or a message or email is sent, two distinct types of data are transmitted: the content of the communication and metadata. Most cybersecurity solutions only concern themselves with protecting the content of communications against wiretaps, usually through some form of encryption, but ignore the significant threats to privacy from metadata.
The risks posed by massive and systemic metadata collection practices pose a serious problem in the fight to restore our privacy and combat the abusive and, sometimes, malicious use of our data. If sufficient metadata is collected, it can be comparable to an individual’s data fingerprint. Contrary to public perception, this type of situation has already achieved the predictable chilling effects that metadata-driven control is bound to entail. Beyond the tools of social control, metadata is also used extensively in classic forms of warfare. As former NSA and CIA Director General Michael Hayden publicly stated, “We kill people based on metadata.“
How does Privum protect my metadata?
The Internet was not designed to protect metadata, so preventing its collection is impossible unless a different infrastructure on top of the Internet is used. This is what we do at Privum, where we employ various tools, such as end-to-end encryption, secure onion routing and the randomization of exit node pools, to ensure metadata leakage is minimized, preventing the usual metadata interception problems that plague the Internet.
What is Post-Quantum encryption?
One of the more signifiant shortcomings in today’s cybersecurity space is the predominant “head-in-sand” attitude regarding the likely development of Quantum Computing (QC) some time in the not-so-distant future.
At Privum we believe privacy needs to be protected not just in the present, but also into the future. That is why we over-engineer our encryption to make it as resistant as possible to the inevitable threats to current cryptography posed by QC.
With the introduction of QC, most of the encryption currently used worldwide (by everyone from governments to the private sector) would be instantly vulnerable, resulting in massive privacy breaches. This means that all your current, and past, encrypted content (for example emails, browsing history, messages, encrypted files in the cloud) sitting in multiple databases worldwide could be retroactively decrypted.
In this cryptopocalyptic scenario, the encryption used on Privum Network would remain unbroken. For more detailed information on the cryptography and encryption deployed on Privum, please refer to the White Paper.
What fees do you charge?
None. Privum collects no transaction fees, neither does the EOS blockchain upon which the Privum Network is built – one of its unique characteristics.
All exchanges of PRV between nodes are enabled through a smart contract, strictly peer-to-peer between buyers and sellers of bandwidth and completely free.
Paying fees to intermediaries is incompatible with our goal to create a global, incentivized peer-to-peer network which ensures privacy and is run by the community; fees would run contrary to incentives built into the Privum Network to promote rapid global adoption and demand-supply equilibrium, and would go against the spirit of the blockchain revolution.
What are PRV and what can they be used for?
Privum Tokens, or PRV, are the sole means of access to the Privum Network. Their purpose is to incentivise users to run Privum Nodes and share their spare bandwidth with the wider Privum Network, thus creating a scalable, global, peer-to-peer community with built-in incentives that promote the expansion of the network and reinforce its resilience.
How do I acquire PRV?
There are three ways to acquire PRV:
1) During the Token Sale;
2) By sharing your bandwidth on the Privum Network;
3) On cryptoexchanges once PRV is listed.
Can I mine PRV?
No. The concept of “mining”, taken from Bitcoin’s model of Proof-of-Work, works very differently on Privum.
In our context, mining would mean sharing of spare bandwidth to the Privum Network in exchange for PRV. “Miners” on Privum are designated as “Sellers” and do not need to perform any energy intensive or computationally expensive operations as is common on other blockchains, or require any additional equipment.
Any user of the Privum Network can become a Seller if they are willing to share their bandwidth with the community. This mining is what helps the network grow into a truly scalable and global peer-to-peer network able to defeat sophisticated censorship techniques. The more extensive the Privum Network, the greater its ability to counter the limitations encountered on the Internet and to benefit the whole Privum ecosystem.
What stops Privum from being a darkweb for criminals?
As our CEO, a former intelligence officer and law enforcement professional, will tell you, we are developing Privum to protect the right to privacy, not to facilitate illegal activities, and we have been careful to structure the development of the network so as to protect it and its global community of users from abuse by the criminal element and malignant actors or governments.
We will do this by actively promoting and incentivising the decentralisation of the network and through the monitoring functions of Privum Guards and a system of reputational scoring for Privum Nodes.
Furthermore, like Bitcoin, our blockchain will be open and public, an additional deterrent against criminal and nefarious users.
We would add that, despite their negative connotations, darkweb-type infrastructures are mostly used by nation states, corporate entities, investigative journalists and others to protect their private data from illegal surveillance, political and industrial espionage and mass collection by Big Data.
For more information on Privum Guards, reputational scoring and the limitations of current darkweb-type infrastructures, please refer to the White Paper.
What if someone uses my Privum Node for immoral or illicit activities?
Given Privum’s global nature and the difference in legislation between jurisdictions, we have opted to address the subject with a three-pronged approach:
1) Blacklisting – Sellers will have the option to blacklist certain types of Internet sites or services, which they do not wish their Privum Node be used to access;
2) Plausible Deniability – Privum will develop Proof-of-Work-based cryptographic evidence that establishes when each exit Privum Node is used by the Privum Network and, consequently, when traffic originating from a specific Privum Node onto the Internet cannot reasonably be attributed to the owner of that Privum Node;
3) On-going Support – Privum will actively support users facing any issues as a result of their Privum Node being used for illicit activities.