Eleanor Saitta

Dymaxion.org is me, Eleanor Saitta.  I write, give talks, make art, take photos, and work on a number of public projects.  You can also find me as @dymaxion and as ella at dymaxion dot org.  My PGP key is here.  You can find my resume here.

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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 was until recently the security architect for Etsy, Inc., and is available as a strategy and architecture consultant while she's looking for a new permanent position.  At Etsy, she kept an eye on the security implications of all development work and worked to improve both the systems built and the processes and culture across engineering and the larger company.  She was also driving the creation of product security design as a discipline inside and outside of Etsy, bringing sevice design, UX, and product teams into the effort to bring better security outcomes to users and companies.  She is also a member of the advisory boards of the International Modern Media Instititute (IMMI), Freedom of the Press Foundation, Geeks Without Bounds (GWoB), the IFTF Governance Futures Lab, and the Calyx Institute, and is part of the Trike and Briar/Bramble software projects.

Prior to Etsy, she provided security architecture and strategy consulting to high-risk, specifically-targeted news organizations, NGOs, and software teams like Mailpile and Commotion.  As Principal Security Engineer at the Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP), she directed the OpenITP Peer Review Board for open source software and worked on adversary modeling. She has also had a long career in the commercial security consulting space and 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 (https://briarproject.org) is a transport-agnostic, decentralized, latency-tolerant, message-oriented data transfer protocol supporting forward secrecy, persistent pseudonyms, and multiple devices.

  • OpenITP (http://openitp.org/) supports and incubates a collection of free and open source projects that enable anonymous, secure, reliable, and unrestricted communication 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.

Eleanor is a regular speaker at conferences, universities, and other institutions including the CCC Congress, Transmediale, ToorCon, Knutepunk, Arse Electronic, Harvard, Yale, and the London ICA. She is nomadic, living mostly in airports and occasionally in London, New York, Stockholm, and Berlin. She can be found at http://dymaxion.org and on Twitter as @dymaxion.