About Least Authority

Least Authority was formed in 2011 to create freedom-compatible technologies. 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.


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.


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Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn

CEO / Engineering / Security / Operations / Customer Support

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn has more than 20 years of experience in secure distributed systems, free and open source software, and startups. He is known for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, and more. He is one of the co-founders of the Tahoe-LAFS project. He started Least Authority Enterprises because he wanted a convenient and safe way to store his files in the cloud.

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Daira Hopwood

Engineering / Operations / Security / Customer Support

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".

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Nathan Wilcox

Management / Security

Nathan's passion is open, secure technologies that empower users. He has 9 years of experience in software development, security auditing, and performance analysis. He contributes to a variety of free and open source projects, including LAFS (where he found its first security flaw), Twisted, OTR, Tor, Python packaging, and more. He believes the two most important challenges to empowering user security are usability and economic incentives; he's excited about the potential for Least Authority to address these.

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David Stainton

Engineering / Operations

David is a proponent of the cypherpunks movement, a code contributor to the Tor, Tahoe-LAFS and Torservers.net projects; in his free time he works on HoneyBadger which can detect (and optionally record) TCP injection attacks (man-on-the-side attacks).

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Ramakrishnan Muthukrishnan

Engineering / Operations

Ramakrishnan (Ramki) is a Debian developer and lives in Bangalore, India. He has contributed to a bunch of Free software projects like GNU Emacs, Linux kernel and the GNU Radio. He likes to tinker with low level system software and also enjoys learning and playing with Functional Programming.

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Taylor Hornby

Engineering / Operations

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

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Sean Bowe


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.


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