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Erica Portnoy

Senior Staff Technologist

Erica works to explain and defend encryption, so that it can be accessible and strong for all who need it.

She writes and speaks about encryption in practice, including what people need from secure messaging providers, what the next generation of encryption in the cloud might look like, and how it needs to continue to be protected by law. She also develops the Let's Encrypt client Certbot, which makes it easy for people who run websites to turn on https, keeping their users private and secure against network-based attackers. 

Previously, she worked on EFF's net neutrality project, writing technical filings and opinion pieces and organizing technologists from the networking industry to speak up for technical accuracy in policy decisions.

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