Lance Cottrell

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Lance Cottrell develops Internet privacy systems. Cottrell launched the commercial privacy service,, in 1995[1] while studying towards a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of California, San Diego. Cottrell was the original coder for the Mixmaster anonymous remailer[2][3] and designed version 1 Mixmaster Protocol.[4] As president of and in conjunction with the EFF, Cottrell established the Kosovo Privacy Project[5] which, using services, allowed individuals to report from the 1999 Kosovo war zone without fear of retaliation.

Cottrell's company Anonymizer Inc. was acquired by Abraxas Corporation in April 2008[6][7] and Cottrell now serves as Chief Scientist for the company.

Cottrell is a noted privacy advocate and has appeared in dozens of interviews on radio, TV, and in print, as well as speaking at numerous conferences.[8]


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  1. ^ Official company management page.
  2. ^ [1]
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  5. ^ Kosovo Privacy Project referenced in a letter in The Information Society, 15(2)
  6. ^ "Abraxas acquires Anonymizer, Inc". Help Net Security. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  7. ^ Center, Michael Kassner in Data; May 6, in Networking on; 2008; Pst, 9:23 Am. "Anonymizer is purchased by Abraxas, a security consulting firm". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2020-05-21.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ [3]