26 November 2019
The many uses of CDR Link
As we close in on the end of the year, it feels like a good time to reflect on CDR Link, its progress thus far, and where we see our work heading in 2020 and beyond.
This September members of the CDR team attended FIFAfrica in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While there, we officially launched the CDR Link platform and were able to demo the platform for a room full of potential users. The feedback was very positive and we’re looking forward to helping a number of potential users get set up with their own CDR Link instances.
As interest has grown, so too has the number of potential use cases. While CDR uses Link as a system to triage requests for digital security assistance, the platform is flexible enough to accommodate any number of adaptations. So we’re currently exploring possibilities that lead us beyond the standard “digital security helpdesk” model (though we’re solidly using Link for that as well!).
10 October 2019
Technology Talk: CDR Link
CDR Link makes it easy for your community to ask for digital security help—and for you to provide it. Interested in learning more about what CDR Link is, who it’s for and why it’s secure? Listen to this quick interview with CDR Security Director, Ingrid Skoog. Find out more about CDR and CDR Link at https://digiresilience.org. Follow @CDR_tech on Twitter for updates!
18 September 2019
CDR Link 1.0 is released!
CDR Link has reached 1.0 status!
Wait - what is CDR Link?
The CDR Link platform is for anyone wishing to offer their community a secure, multi-channel, mobile-first way to get in touch and ask for assistance. It enables an easy way for communities to ask for help and for responder to provide it. It’s super flexible and we’re excited to hear how people will be using it.
This release is the culmination of about two years’ of work from concept to development to beta release to, finally, the 1.0. The CDR team – including the development team at Guardian Project – is excited to debut it!
26 June 2019
An ecosystem of extensions
As we’ve mentioned before, CDR Link adheres to the Unix-like philosophy of utilizing an ecosystem of small, repurpose-able programs that handle discreet tasks well, rather than producing one monolithic thing that does many things badly.
In software, the gold standard of this philosophy is the Debian project, in which thousands of volunteers maintain small programs that, in the aggregate, combine to form the Debian (GNU-Linux) operating system. If these volunteers worked to produce a single “blob” of a operating system, like macOS or Windows, that system would be less stable, less secure, and less flexible.
CDR Link isn’t Debian, but we strive to apply the same philosophy.