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Branches of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others are launching a contest challenging mobile application developers to address privacy concerns for mobile phones and other portable devices, reports InfoWorld. The 2011 Develop for Privacy Challenge aims to encourage developers to build open-source tools for mobile devices to help users understand and address privacy threats, the report states. Brian Alseth, technology and liberty director at the ACLU of Washington, said the contest's goal is to show developers that "privacy doesn't need to be an afterthought in new technologies. Rather, privacy can and should be a fundamental building block." Contest submissions may be made at the Develop for Privacy Web site until May 31.
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