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Project Update: Tahoe-LAFS for Human Rights Defenders

This summer, Least Authority has been wrapping up our project funded by the Open Technology Fund (OTF) to make Tahoe-LAFS a more usable tool for human rights organizations. (Read about the background on this project in our earlier post.) While secure file storage is a necessity for most everyone, human rights defenders have a more

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Adapting Secure File Storage Tools for Human Rights Defenders

Least Authority is committed to supporting privacy as a fundamental human right and to actively participate in making privacy-focused open-source tools available for everyone. In the case of  human rights defenders, protecting their sensitive files—including reports, photos, videos, and other documentation—is a necessity, and at times, a matter of the personal safety of themselves and

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The Path from S4 to PrivateStorage

In March 2019, Least Authority announced PrivateStorage, our new joint venture with Private Internet Access, a privacy-focused VPN provider, to launch a new secure cloud storage product based on Tahoe-LAFS. Since then, we have been asked questions about how PrivateStorage relates to our currently offered Simple Secure Storage Service (S4), including what will make PrivateStorage

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Introducing P4: Private Periodic Payment Protocol

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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Introduction to Mix Networks and Anonymous Communication Networks

Anonymous communication networks like the Tor network hide metadata from passive network observers. While the term ‘anonymous’ is used to mean many things, in this context we are speaking in terms of the inability of a network observer or attacker to link actions on a network with its participants [ANONTERMS]. Even users who choose to identify

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

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

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