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Servers of Happiness

Meejah & Anamika on June 13, 2017

At Least Authority we understand the sensitivity of your data and are committed to ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and reliability as critical components of our products/ service to you. When clients are encoding files, they control several parameters. One of these is called “happiness” (or simply “H”) which tells the client the minimum number of servers that shares must be placed on. We have recently improved the algorithm used to determine share placement. Before we discuss...

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Gridsync - a new graphical user interface (GUI) to S4 - coming soon!

Anamika Ved on May 31, 2017

We’re excited to announce that very soon we are launching a new enhancement to our Simple Secure Storage Service (S4) - “Gridsync” - a new cross-platform desktop application which provides a graphical user interface (GUI) to S4 and is easier to use than Tahoe-LAFS command line interface (CLI). Least Authority’s goal is to build an affordable, ethical, usable, and lasting data storage solution and to let the control of the data stay where it belongs - in the hands of the user. So we work on...

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Magic Folders Now Allows for File Synchronization in Tahoe-LAFS

Meejah and David Stainton on April 21, 2017

The users of Tahoe-LAFS - a project that aims to provide Free and Open decentralized cloud storage system - now get additional Magic Folders features. In January 2017, the open source project released version 1.12.0, which brings Least Authority’s Magic Folders v1.0 into Tahoe-LAFS. Members of the Least Authority team, dedicated to creating freedom compatible technologies, have been a part of the Tahoe-LAFS project since the beginning and are very excited to enrich the project with the new...

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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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Reset The Net with the Upgraded Simple Secure Storage Service

Jessica Augustus and Inkblotest on June 5, 2014

“Reset The Net!” is a broad coalition of many businesses, organizations, and individuals. We're empowering people to protect themselves on the Internet by using end-to-end encryption.

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LAFS Featured on EFF Tech Blog

Karen Rustad on November 6, 2013

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's tech blog has some lovely things to say about LAFS at S4. Snippet: Tahoe's protections against third-party snooping and deletion have the kind of strong mathematical guarantees that reassure security experts that Tahoe-LAFS is well-defended against certain kinds of attack. That also means its privacy and resilience are not dependent on the good behaviour or policies of its operators Read the full blog post for more details.

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Least Authority on Motherboard at

Karen Rustad on August 15, 2013’s Motherboard blog interviewed Least Authority founder Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn about S4, PRISM, and surveillance culture. Check it out!

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