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Introducing P4: Private Periodic Payment Protocol

Liz Steininger, Chris Wood & Anamika Ved on January 24, 2019

Least Authority has recently designed a protocol called the Private Periodic Payment Protocol, or P4, which aims to define the way in which subscription services can be funded using end-to-end private cryptocurrency payments. P4 incorporates the use of Zcash shielded transactions for private payments and leverages the Tor anonymity network’s onion services to radically reduce the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) available to merchants. In addition, P4 introduces...

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Least Authority partners with TechGDPR to help with data protection regulation compliance

Anamika Ved on May 31, 2018

Berlin, May 31, 2018: Least Authority is pleased to announce that in partnership with Silvan Jongerius and Karen Reilly, it has formed a new company called TechGDPR to help high-tech startups and companies become GDPR compliant. The company was launched on February 23rd, 2018 in Berlin, Germany with Silvan Jongerius as the founder-CEO and Karen Reilly as the founding DPO and Data Protection Consultant. TechGDPR has been formed to help tech-centric companies that use bleeding-edge technology...

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Least Authority's new comic explains Tahoe-LAFS based S4

Least Authority on September 6, 2017

Least Authority is excited to present a short comic which explains our Tahoe-LAFS based Simple Secure Storage Service (S4) with a simple narrative illustration. It demonstrates how our products/services provide a more secure alternative to popular online services. To learn more, read on. Special thanks to Sam Hester from The 23rd Story for her brilliant illustrations.

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Meet Fritz, the POLA bear: Our mascot.

Fritz on March 24, 2017

Hello, my name is Fritz, the POLA bear. I’m the mascot of Least Authority TFA GmbH, and this is my story. In November 2016 - at about the same time when Least Authority TFA GmbH was founded - a polar bear was born in the sprawling Tierpark Zoo, Berlin. The über cute fluffy baby polar bear was named ‘Fritz’. Berliners had barely finished celebrating the birth of this adorable ball of fluff when he fell ill and died aged just four months. In his memory, my friends at Least Authority decided to...

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Least Authority officially launches operations in Berlin, Germany

Anamika Ved on March 13, 2017

Press Release: Least Authority Enterprises, which makes products and services for secure online storage recently launched its operations in Berlin, Germany, by founding a new company, Least Authority TFA GmbH. Least Authority’s products are based on the highly regarded Tahoe-LAFS, an open source, decentralized, encrypted file-storage system.

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Privacy Technologies for Bitcoin

The Zerocash Team, Greg Maxwell, and LeastAuthority on June 15, 2015

Introduction The world still needs Zerocash even though we now have Confidential Transactions. A message from Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn: At Least Authority, our mission is to bring verifiable end-to-end security to every user of the Internet. As a part of this mission, we are working on something that we can't announce yet, but it involves the Zerocash protocol for private Bitcoin transactions. Recently Blockstream announced Sidechains Elements, which includes a privacy protocol named...

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A Bug in libsnark

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn, Alessandro Chiesa, Eli Ben-Sasson, Eran Tromer, Madars Virza on May 16, 2015

A statement from Least Authority Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn writing: About us At Least Authority, our mission is to bring verifiable end-to-end security to everyone. As a part of this mission, we have been collaborating with the scientists behind zk-SNARKS, libsnark, and Zcash. These are some of the most promising new advances in cryptography, and we are exploring whether they can be used to provide more safety and freedom to all users of the Internet. We're not ready to post about our specific...

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Least Authority Performs Security Audit For SpiderOak

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn on February 20, 2014

Our mission at LeastAuthority is to bring verifiable end-to-end security to everyone. As part of that mission, in addition to operating the S4 simple secure storage service, we also run a security consulting business. We LeastAuthoritarians have extensive experience in security and cryptography, and other companies pay us to analyze the security of their protocols and software. Almost all of our consulting clients are making Free and Open Source software which protects user freedoms and...

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Least Authority Joins Open Invention Network

Karen Rustad on November 6, 2013

Least Authority Enterprises has joined the ranks of the licensees of the Open Invention Network! Open Invention Network maintains a royalty-free patent pool that anyone who agrees to never assert patent claims against the Linux kernel can use. This both gives Linux a retaliatory weapon against future patent trolls and forestalls intellectual property related fear and uncertainty among potential corporate users of Linux.

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S4 on

Karen Rustad on August 19, 2013

Yesterday featured S4 and LAFS in an article on secure, distributed cloud storage. We had a bit of a quibble with the article's first line, though: Looking for a solution to give you an edge in the ongoing struggle between you and the authorities over the privacy of your data? It's important to us to note that S4 and LAFS are not only meant to thwart mass government surveillance. We seek to protect against access by the unauthorized, not merely "the authorities". That means...

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LAFS mentioned on Computerworld

Karen Rustad on August 13, 2013

Australian IT publication Computerworld’s article about security and surveillance in the cloud mentions LAFS as a way to use the cloud while still keeping your data private.

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Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn on July 30, 2013 today announced Simple Secure Storage Service (S4), a backup service that encrypts your files to protect them from the prying eyes of spies and criminals. “People deserve privacy and security in the digital data that make up our daily lives.” said the company's founder and CEO, Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn. “As an individual or a business, you shouldn't have to give up control over your data in order to get the benefits of cloud storage.” Verifiable end-to-end security The Simple...

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