Bogomil Shopov

Human. Artist. Hacker. I care about free and open-source software(F/LOSS), cybersecurity, ethical design, privacy, and technology. 20+ experience in technology. 40+ in being human. I encourage people to become better humans with heavy metal and technologies. I also promote technologies to be considerate of humans. Let's see how it goes!

Community Management / Privacy · November 16, 2022

How to contribute to Open Source privacy projects

I am sure that you reached a point in your career where you get bored with your work from time to time. That’s normal, and it happens to everyone. It happens to me most of the time, and initially, I was perturbed, thinking that something was wrong and that I was not enthusiastic enough to contribute to my company’s success.

I’ll share a life hack with you. It would help if you unlocked your mind by temporarily changing your thoughts and creating something new, privacy-related.

What that could be:

  • Try to fix a bug or write a few lines of code if you have the skills.
  • Update the documentation or create a new piece of it.
  • Be part of a discussion where you can share your experience solving a problem.
  • Facilitate or mediate a community-related situation.
  • Think about a new feature idea for a product and pitch it to the product team.
  • Take a volunteer role (2-3 h a week or less) and help build the product or apply your other skills.
  • Localize the content in your language to support the message reaching even more people and robots.

What to do next?

If you are reading this, you might need advice on what to do next. Below are my top three privacy-oriented projects with an active community to help them reach their mission.

OpenMined

OpenMined is an open-source and not-for-profit community of over 11,000 academics, engineers, mentors, educators, ethicists, and privacy enthusiasts committed to making a fairer, more prosperous world by building and teaching privacy-enhancing technologies.

A good starting point is their website and their Github space

TOSDR

Every day you visit new websites and accept their terms of service without reading them. Am I right? Yes, you do it!

“Terms of Service; Didn’t Read” (short: ToS;DR) is a project started in June 2012 to help fix this and convert every website’s terms and legal agreements into a human-readable format and grade it on a privacy scale, so you could know best who is doing what with your data.

If you want to help them improve the internet world, follow this link to get started.

Privacy Guides

Many organizations are monitoring your online activities. Privacy Guides project is your central privacy and security resource to protect yourself online.

The project teaches why it matters and provides tools and ideas to protect your privacy. Currently, there are more than 100 suggestions on that topic.

If you want to contribute to this great project, their GitHub repo is a good start.

Feed your creativity monster and be happier!

A disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of those projects but support them financially, which you can do too.

The header picture is published under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license

This article was initially published on my HN account here.

Contribute even more?

Read another small article I wrote on why you should save some time for giving back to the community