Yan Zhu

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Yan Zhu
Yan Zhu at 2015-04-23 W3C TAG meeting.jpg
Zhu in 2015
Born4 May 1991[1]
OccupationSoftware developer
WebsiteDiscrete Blogarithm

Yan Zhu (simplified Chinese: 朱颜; traditional Chinese: 朱顏; pinyin: Zhū Yán) is a security engineer, open web standards author, technology speaker, and open source contributor.[2][3]

Yan Zhu is a high school dropout who earned a B.S. in physics at MIT.[4] She enrolled as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford University in experimental cosmology but dropped out after four months.[5] She worked for Yahoo as a security engineer from 2014 to 2015, was a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation,[4] and is currently the chief security officer at Brave Software.[4][6]

In 2015 she was recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30,[7][8] and elected to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG).[9]

In July 2018, Zhu interviewed whistleblower Chelsea Manning at the biennial HOPE conference in New York City.[10]


Zhu is the author and editor of several W3C documents including the Secure Contexts web standard and End-to-End Encryption and the Web, a W3C TAG finding that supports the use of end-to-end encryption for web communications.[11][12]

Other work[edit]

Yan Zhu has contributed to open source works including:[13]


  1. ^ Zhu, Yan (2016-05-04). "25". Github. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ Finley, Klint. "The Ad-Blocking Hacker Making Your Browser More Paranoid". Wired. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Speaking history for Yan Zhu | Lanyrd". lanyrd.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  4. ^ a b c "[The Circle Of HOPE] Schedule". hope.net. Hackers On Planet Earth. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Experiment profile". 2013. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Triangulation 411 Yan Zhu, AKA bcrypt". TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  7. ^ "2015 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology". Forbes. 2015-01-05. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "2015 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology — Yan Zhu, 23 - pg.30". Forbes. 2015-01-05. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group". 2015-01-09. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "[The Circle of HOPE] Speakers".
  11. ^ Mike West (Google Inc.); Yan Zhu (Brave) (eds.). "Secure Contexts". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  12. ^ Yan Zhu. "End-to-End Encryption and the Web". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  13. ^ "a/s/l??". diracdeltas.github.io. Retrieved 2017-09-28.

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