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About

Least Authority was formed in 2011 to create freedom-compatible technologies and moved to Berlin in 2016. We are a small team who believe that freedom matters in Internet technology. You can take advantage of online services while retaining control over your own data. We're here to make it easy.

Mission

We are building an affordable, ethical, usable, and lasting data storage solution. We believe this requires Free and Open Source software, end-to-end cryptography, user-friendly interfaces, and a sustainable economic model.

Why do we do what we do? To give billions of humans a real alternative for control over their own data. If someone doesn't do this, then soon almost everyone will be beholden to a few large organizations that control all of their information.

Contact

For product inquiries, billing, or general questions, please send a message to contactus[at]leastauthority.com and you will be contacted as soon as possible. For support issues please send a message to support[at]leastauthority.com

Our Team

Liz Steininger

Liz Steininger

CEO / Managing Director

Before taking over as CEO, Liz spent over 15 years supporting the advancement of digital rights, access to information, freedom of expression and open source software as a Program and Project Manager, Strategist and Analyst.

David Stainton

David Stainton

Engineering / Operations

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David is a proponent of the langsec and cypherpunks movements and a code contributor to the Tor and Tahoe-LAFS projects. In the past he wrote a TCP analysis tool to detect injection attacks. Currently he researches and developes mix networks, which are a type of privacy preserving network with a very different threat model than Tor.

Meejah

Meejah

Engineering / Operations

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Author of txtorcon, core developer of Crossbar.io/Autobahn, and contributor to other open source projects such as Twisted and Tor. Meejah has 20 years of development experience in many fields.

Margaret Baily

Margaret Baily

Executive Assistant

Margaret joined the Least Authority team in 2015 and has several years experience as an Executive Assistant. She enjoys learning new technology and working alongside the diverse and talented group of Least Authority.

Ramakrishnan (Ramki) has been programming in the industry for about 19 years, mostly working with low level operating system software. He has worked in big and small companies and has been an active participant in the Free Software movement as a hobbyist.

Carlos Salazar

Carlos Salazar

Lead Front-End Developer

Carlos has been involved in web development for over 20 years, working in both front-end and back-end. His mission is to provide the best user experience for the public while assisting Least Authority to communicate the importance of privacy.

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall

Engineering / Auditing

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Gordon is a software engineer and security researcher specializing in distributed protocols, applied cryptography, and anonymizing systems. They are a long time free software activist and the author of Kadence, an extensible distributed systems framework. When not hacking, they host free community classes on programming and counter-surveillance tactics at Counterpoint Hackerspace, which they co-organize in their hometown.

Anamika Ved

Anamika Ved

Marketing and Communications Manager

Anamika has 10 years of marketing communication experience. She has worked for both for-profit (Business) and non profit organizations in India and in the U.S. She is now looking forward to demystify encryption and security for the masses.

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn

Founder / Advisor

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Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn has more than 20 years of experience in secure distributed systems, free and open source software, and startups. Currently, Zooko is the CEO of Zcash.

Daira Hopwood

Daira Hopwood

Advisor / Former Member

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Daira Hopwood participated in the standardization of the TLS protocol and Internationalized Domain Names, found security bugs and design flaws in Java Virtual Machines, wrote code for the Cryptix cryptography library, and did security auditing for the Caja Secure JavaScript project. Daira is a major contributor to the LAFS project. In hir spare time, ze is designing a capability-secure programming language called "Noether".

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Lead UI/UX Developer

Chris is a former academic philosopher with research and teaching interests focusing on issues relating to online privacy, censorship, and the ethics of design. A long-time Free Software advocate and hobbyist hacker, Chris is passionate about tools and technologies that empower ordinary people. He is the developer of Gridsync, a cross-platform graphical user interface for Tahoe-LAFS that aims to make secure and distributed cloud storage easy and accessible for everyone.

Jean-Paul Calderone

Jean-Paul Calderone

Engineering / Operations

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Jean-Paul has been programming for over twenty years and programming in Python for over fifteen. He is best known as a core developer on the Twisted project.

James Prestwich

James Prestwich

Engineering / Auditing

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James is a developer, curry enthusiast, and ethical software activist. He holds a degree in Japanese and is the maintainer of Riemann - a library for interacting with over 20 cryptocurrencies.

Hind Abu-Amr

Hind Abu-Amr

Hind happened upon managing software design project and program management after studying politics and economics. She eventually decided to pursue a career in human rights, humanitarian, and development work which would bring her back to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa - where she grew up. Her passion for human rights (including privacy, security, and freedom of speech) and her experience in management in the “tech” world lead Hind to pursuing opportunities in the data privacy and security world.

Former Members

Nathan Wilcox

Nathan Wilcox

Nathan's passion is open, secure technologies that empower users. He has 9 years of experience in software development, security auditing, and performance analysis.

Taylor enjoys studying computing theory and writing impactful applied cryptography code. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

Sean has a diverse history in programming, security, reverse engineering, and cryptocurrencies. He built a simulation framework for Bitcoin consensus called Simbit, and builds an experimental cryptocurrency project in Rust in his free time.