Micah Lee is First Look Media’s Director of Information Security. He is a computer security engineer and an open-source software developer who writes about technical topics like digital and operational security, encryption tools, whistleblowing, and hacking using language that everyone can understand without dumbing it down. He develops security and privacy tools such as OnionShare and semiphemeral.
Before joining The Intercept, he worked as a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he explained how technologies work to journalists and lawyers, and worked to encrypt the web. He is a founder and board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a member of the Distributed Denial of Secrets advisory board, and a Tor Project core contributor.
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Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links to China, Researchers Discover
Zoom rolled out its own encryption system and included an algorithm with known serious issues, say University of Toronto researchers.
Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing
The video conferencing service can access conversations on its platform.
Election InsecurityThe Iowa Democratic Party Did the Opposite of What It Should Have Done to Secure Its Disastrous App
Hiding the details of how a computer system works does nothing to make it more secure; election systems should instead rely on “open design.”
The Trump Administration Is Using the Full Power of the U.S. Surveillance State Against Whistleblowers
An examination of court filings in all seven leak cases filed under Trump yields a detailed picture of how the government tries to unmask confidential sources.