The ACLU has announced a new contest, and hopefully there is someone here in Maine who cares about technology and privacy and who is willing to give it a shot.  "Develop For Privacy" is being launched by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Washington, and the Tor Project, along with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.  The goal: develop new computer programs to help all of us take control of our personal data and protect our privacy when using smartphones and other mobile devices.

The contest runs through May 31, and an international panel of technology experts have signed on to judge the entries.  As the organizers observed, in announcing the competition, privacy does not have to be an afterthought when we develop new technologies--it can and should be part of the foundation.

Good luck Maine programmers, and thanks.