Eleanor Saitta is a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian. She makes a living and a vocation of understanding how complex systems operate and redesigning them to work, or at least fail, better. Her work is transdisciplinary, using everything from electronics, software, and paint to social rules and words as media with which to explore and shape our interactions with the world. Her focuses include the seamless integration of technology into the lived experience, the humanity of objects and the built environment, and systemic resilience and conviviality.
Eleanor is Principal Security Engineer at the Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP), directing the OpenITP Peer Review Board for open source software and working on adversary modeling. She is also Technical Director at the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), a member of the advisory boards at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Geeks Without Bounds (GWoB) and the Calyx Institute, and works occasionally as a freelance security architecture and strategy consultant to news organizations, NGOs, and software teams like Mailpile and Commotion. She previously co-founded the Constitutional Analysis Support Team (CAST) and the Seattle-based Public N3rd Area hacker space, and works on the Trike and Briar projects.
IMMI (http://immi.is) is an organization which works toward rethinking media and ITC regulation for the digital age.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation (https://pressfreedomfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.
GWoB (http://gwob.org) is an accelerator for humanitarian technology projects.
The Calyx Institute (https://calyxinstitute.org) is a research, education and legal support group devoted to researching and implementing privacy technology and tools to promote free speech, free expression, civic engagement and privacy rights on the Internet.
CAST (http://const.is) works with national constitutional assemblies to improve the quality of the documents they create and ensure they correctly represent the stated intention.
Trike (http://octotrike.org) is an open source threat modeling methodology and tool which partially automates the art of security analysis.
Briar (http://briarproject.net) is a transport-agnostic, decentralized, latency-tolerant, message-oriented data transfer protocol supporting forward secrecy, persistent pseudonyms, and multiple devices.
Eleanor is a regular speaker at conferences including the CCC Congress, Transmediale, ToorCon, Knutepunk, and Arse Elektronika. She is nomadic, living mostly in airports and occasionally in New York, London, Stockholm, and Berlin. She can be found at http://dymaxion.org and on Twitter as @dymaxion.