An Introduction to Nymbox: The Privacy Preserving Personal Router

PNW Rural Broadband
7 min readMay 6, 2022

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

Much like the right to interracial marriage, woman’s suffrage, freedom of speech, and many others, we didn’t always have the right to privacy. In several dictatorships, many still don’t. Generations before ours fought for our right to privacy. Privacy is a human right inherent to all of us, that we are entitled to without discrimination.

You shouldn’t confuse privacy with secrecy. We know what happens in the bathroom, but you still close the door. That’s because you want privacy, not secrecy. Everyone has something to hide, privacy is something that makes you human.

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At the Pacific Northwest Rural Broadband Alliance personal privacy is a fundamental human right and core value that we advocate for. Personal privacy is baked into the networks that we build, something completely absent in the service provided by traditional internet service providers (ISP). With the Internet becoming more of a vital lifeline service with each passing year, individual privacy has come under attack from multiple angles including regulatory agencies and people with malicious intents.

In furthering our mission to preserve and protect personal privacy, while also help widen the adoption of a wide variety of decentralized infrastructure technologies, we have recently been awarded a grant from NYM technology’s “NYM Innovation Fund” to develop, maintain, and support a privacy-centric personal router software which will be made freely available for anyone to download and install on to any compatible router.

But first let’s take a quick review of the recent history of threats to internet privacy, the existing technologies that are available to help preserve your personal privacy, why the NYM project represents a important and significant development in on-line privacy software, and most importantly how our Nymbox personal router will help make it easier to keep you better protected on-line.

A Brief History of Threats to Internet Privacy

Following the 2001 passing of the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept…

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