Hey guys, Eijah here. I’m the founder of demonsaw, a Senior Programmer at Rockstar games (somehow not fired yet), a hacker (cracked Blu-ray a few years back), DefCon speaker 2 years in a row, business partner with John McAfee, and a strong privacy activist.
I’m deeply concerned with the state of privacy in our world. I hate the way that governments and corporations abuse its people. They treat us like criminals. Privacy is not just a matter of Ashley Madison, where I might be embarrassed by a lack of personal discretion, in some places a lack of privacy can result in bodily harm or even loss of life.
2 years ago, while living in Scotland for 9 months while we finished up GTA V for PS3 & Xbox 360, I started to code demonsaw. I wanted to create a new type of file sharing and communications platform. Something that could address the blatant lack of security demonstrated by Cloud-based solutions, like Dropbox. I wanted demonsaw to be the following:
- Make security easy for everyone (no difficult PGP, keystore, PKI, etc)
- Empower the user to take back control (no 3rd parties, no hosted content, no eavesdropping, no centralization, no p2p)
- Free forever for everybody (the demonsaw promise)
Things have been going well. John McAfee recently partnered with me to increase visibility. Speaking at DefCon the last 2 years has helped as well. But the further I go in this journey, the more I feel overwhelmed. I need friends, allies, supporters, and like-minded individuals who think the way I do. I know that I’m not alone in this pursuit. They are many of us who believe that governments and corporations have gone too far. But unless we stand up and make ourselves known, things will never change.
So that’s why I’m here today. I recently hacker-outed myself in the Forbes article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/08/20/eijah-john-mcafee-and-demonsaw/). As I mentioned to Tonda, I did that for a specific reason. How could I expect people in oppressive environments to trust that my software will protect their privacy when I’m hiding behind a hacker pseudonym?
This was a long-winded introduction. I just wanted to share a little bit of myself with the team and explain what motivates and drives my passion for changing the status quo. We can and will make a difference. The future is ours to take back.