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Ben Laurie

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Ben Laurie
Laurie in December 2007
OccupationSoftware engineer

Ben Laurie is an English software engineer. Laurie wrote Apache-SSL,[1] the basis of most SSL-enabled versions of the Apache HTTP Server. He developed the MUD Gods, which was innovative in including online creation in its endgame.[2]

Laurie also has written several articles, papers[3][4][5][6] and books,[7][8] and is interested in ideal knots and their applications.[9][10]

Laurie was a member of WikiLeaks' Advisory Board.[11] According to Laurie, he had little involvement with WikiLeaks, and didn't know who ran the site other than Julian Assange.[12] In 2009, he also said he wouldn't trust WikiLeaks to protect him if he were a whistleblower because "the things that Wikileaks relies on are not sufficiently strong to defend against" a government's resources.[13]

In 2024, Ben Laurie together with Al Cutter, Emilia Käsper and Adam Langley received the Levchin Prize “for creating and deploying Certificate Transparency at scale””.[14]


  1. ^ "Ben Laurie". Archived from the original on 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2005-10-28. Ben Laurie page at Apache SSL
  2. ^ Bartle, Richard (1990). "Interactive Multi-User Computer Games". Archived from the original on 2016-02-02.
  3. ^ Laurie, B. (2004). "Network Forensics". Queue. 2 (4): 50–56. doi:10.1145/1016978.1016982.
  4. ^ Danezis, G.; Laurie, B. (2004). "Minx". Proceedings of the 2004 ACM workshop on Privacy in the electronic society - WPES '04. p. 59. doi:10.1145/1029179.1029198. ISBN 1581139683. S2CID 2361282.
  5. ^ Laurie, B.; Singer, A. (2008). "Choose the red pillandthe blue pill". Proceedings of the 2008 workshop on New security paradigms - NSPW '08. p. 127. doi:10.1145/1595676.1595695. ISBN 9781605583419. S2CID 15894451.
  6. ^ Laurie, B. (2007). "Safer Scripting Through Precompilation". Security Protocols. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 4631. pp. 284–288. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-77156-2_35. ISBN 978-3-540-77155-5.
  7. ^ Laurie, Peter; Laurie, Ben (1997). Apache: The Definitive Guide (Nutshell Handbook). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. ISBN 1-56592-250-6.
  8. ^ Laurie, Peter; Laurie, Ben (2002). Apache: the definitive guide. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00203-3.
  9. ^ Laurie, B.; Katritch, V.; Sogo, J.; Koller, T.; Dubochet, J.; Stasiak, A. (1998). "Geometry and Physics of Catenanes Applied to the Study of DNA Replication". Biophysical Journal. 74 (6): 2815–2822. Bibcode:1998BpJ....74.2815L. doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(98)77988-3. PMC 1299622. PMID 9635735.
  10. ^ Vologodskii, A.V.; Crisona, N.J.; Laurie, B.; Pieranski, P.; Katritch, V.; Dubochet, J.; Stasiak, A. (1998). "Sedimentation and electrophoretic migration of DNA knots and catenanes1". Journal of Molecular Biology. 278 (1): 1–3. doi:10.1006/jmbi.1998.1696. PMID 9571029.
  11. ^ "WikiLeaks:Advisory Board - WikiLeaks". www.wikileaks.org. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  12. ^ Singel, Ryan. "Immune to Critics, Secret-Spilling Wikileaks Plans to Save Journalism ... and the World". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  13. ^ "Exposed: Wikileaks' secrets". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  14. ^ "The Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography". Real World Crypto Symposium. International Association for Cryptologic Research. Retrieved 9 April 2024.

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