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Adapting Secure File Storage Tools for Human Rights Defenders

On Jan 9, 2020

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 […]

The Path from S4 to PrivateStorage

On Sep 4, 2019

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

On Jan 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…

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

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 […]

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Introduction to Mix Networks and Anonymous Communication Networks

On Nov 16, 2017

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 [PETMAIL15]. Other kinds of metadata that are […]

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

On Sep 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.

Meet Fritz, the POLA bear: Our mascot.

On Mar 24, 2017

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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Least Authority officially launches operations in Berlin, Germany

On Mar 13, 2017

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 Tahoe-LAFS – the highly regarded open source, decentralized, encrypted file-storage system. “We are thrilled to […]

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Privacy Technologies for Bitcoin

On Jun 15, 2015

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, Table 2, followed by more explanation. Table 2. Zerocash and Confidential Transactions At A Glance Confidential Transactions Zerocash User Flexibility Fine-Grained All-or-nothing [2] ~5000 bytes ~1000 bytes […]

A Bug in libsnark

On May 16, 2015

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, some of the security audits that we’ve performed on behalf of others, and here is a contest we organized for others to find security flaws in our flagship product. We also notified […]