Why I Killed my Company to Save my Customers

Ladar Levison is the CEO and Founder of Lavabit – a secure email service whose most famous customer was Edward Snowden. In part one of my two-part interview with Ladar, we discuss what happened when the FBI came knocking on his door, demanding access to his private security keys. Ladar shares some deep insights into the notion of privacy and intelligence gathering in this country, and how to strike the proper balance.

I will also update you on the hot news from two top hacker conferences, including a nasty Mac virus and a bug in Broadcom WiFi chips found in over 1 BILLION devices worldwide. And I will tell you about one of the oldest and best fact-checking sites on the web, and why they need your help.


Ladar Levison serves as the founder, president, and chief executive of Lavabit, where he has worked the past 12 years. Lavabit was created because Mr. Levison believes that privacy is a fundamental, necessary right for a functioning, free and fair democratic society. Presently, Mr. Levison is focused on Lavabit’s Dark Mail Initiative, which aims to make end-to-end email encryption automatic and ubiquitous, while continuing to vigorously advocate for the privacy and free speech rights of all.

For Further Insight:
Website: www.lavabit.com
Follow on Twitter:Β https://twitter.com/kingladar

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The web’s original fact checker: http://snopes.com/


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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.

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