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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 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), the IFTF Governance Futures Lab, and the Calyx Institute, is part of the Trike and Briar/Bramble software projects, and works occasionally as a freelance security architecture and strategy consultant to news organizations, NGOs, and software teams like Mailpile and Commotion.
Prior to this, she was 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, and also had a long career in the commercial security consulting space. She also previously co-founded the Constitutional Analysis Support Team (CAST) and the Seattle-based Public N3rd Area hacker space.
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 Institute for the Future's Governance Futures Lab (http://www.iftf.org/govfutures/) brings social inventors and futures thinking to the challenge of designing better systems of governance.
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.
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.
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.
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.