The Guardian Project


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The Guardian Project

  1. 1. Guardian: G Secure, Open-Source Smartphone built on Google Android
  2. 2. Guardian Android Phone Phone G anonymous Open source encrypted modern invisible powerful obfuscated flexible ubiquitous
  3. 3. Windows Temporary = Mobile Guardian + Guardian Phone Phone SD Card Permanent Android Guardian = Phone Phone + Guardian Firmware Update
  4. 4. HTC, Kogan, Lenova, Huawei, Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus
  5. 5. Guardian is Viral Guardian G SD Card G G G G Guardian Phones can New Communities Phone be converted of Guardians through SD Card “Person to Person” contact
  6. 6. Google Android G
  7. 7. A movement is already underway to create custom versions of Android for a wide variety of phones and purposes.... we just need to tap into that!
  8. 8. Why Android? Dominant open-source smartphone OS Easy to convert commercially available handsets Linux-based with modern development tools Rich connectivity, location, and sensor features Backed by Google’s resources and finances
  9. 9. Android Features Dalvik virtual machine optimized for mobile devices Integrated browser based on the open source WebKit engine SQLite for structured data storage Media support for common audio, video, and still image formats (MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG, PNG, GIF) GSM Telephony (hardware dependent) Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and WiFi (hardware dependent) Camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer (hardware dependent)
  10. 10. The State of Mobile Crypto G
  11. 11. Existing products show promise, but are out of date, not good enough or too expensive
  12. 12. Existing Solutions Providers: CryptoPhone, SecureGSM, NanoPhone Suite Analog GSM solutions almost entirely for Windows Mobile Smartphones Corporate focus, poor quality audio, out of date OS and very expensive Products are not for covert use - they advertise their existence putting user at risk
  13. 13. Popular Smartphones... iPhones and Blackberries are inherently compromised, closed-source and compromised by mobile carriers
  14. 14. Early Efforts on Android Need Work! A password safe for Android that protects your passwords with AES encryption. All encrypted information is stored in a database on the phone. No information is kept online. The only way to backup currently is through the export feature.
  15. 15. Creating Guardian G
  16. 16. a.e.i.o.u.’s of Guardian anonymous Able to be used without revealing the user encrypted All communication and data is secured and protected invisible Doesn’t reveal itself to be anything out of the ordinary obfuscated Hides itself within the noise and traffic of the network ubiquitous Widely available, easy to use, cheap and open-source
  17. 17. User Requirements Be hidden and invisible Offer “emergency” from the casual observer features that are quick to active Provide secure communication without Open-source and able to complexity run on cheap, common hardware Don’t incriminate the user or owner Internationalized & Localized
  18. 18. The Android Operating System
  19. 19. Android O.S. + Guardian Security Layer 1) Enhance existing & develop new secure applications 2) Wrap or replace Application Framework, while adding new libraries and core security services 3) ensure kernel, runtime and virtual machine are “snoop” proof 4) Secure or remove drivers to secure the hardware layer
  20. 20. Build on Existing Projects The Tor Project Tor is a software project that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security Psiphon psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor. Zfone ZfoneTM is a new secure VoIP phone software product which lets you make encrypted phone calls over the Internet. Zfone uses a new protocol called ZRTP, which has a better architecture than the other approaches to secure VoIP.
  21. 21. Guardian Application Suite Anonymous Encrypted Data Browser Storage Media+Location Remote Poison Pill Reporting Tool “911” Alert Encrypted Email Mechanism Secure Voice Secure Data Auto- Communications Sync
  22. 22. gReporter open-source, geotagging media capture report client G
  23. 23. gReporter Records Records Audio, Transmits to Location Photo, Video Secure Server
  24. 24. Walkie Talkie Push to Talk
  25. 25. Routing via Stenography authoritarian state Gmail YouTube “Safe” G Organization Amazon Skype Route encrypted data exchange through common services (Gmail, YouTube, Amazon, etc), as to not stand out
  26. 26. What is Needed G
  27. 27. Community Launch an official, public project in order to recruit open-source developers, supporters and potential users and funders Recruit the top open-source Android kernel hackers, app developers Find pilot project partners to test and validate technology in the field Create a strong brand around the project, like has
  28. 28. Funding / Model Work with existing projects (Tor, Psiphon) to extend their funding and focus to support Android Apply for new grants through existing “tech activist” funding organizations Create a business model for selling pre-configured or customized firmwares and telephones to consumers and larger organizations
  29. 29. Guardian Nathanial Freitas G @natdefreitas skype: nathanialfreitas
  30. 30. a project of Students for a Free Tibet G