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Yan Zhu

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Yan Zhu
Zhu in 2015
Born (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 33)[1]
Other names@bcrypt
Alma materMIT[3]
OccupationComputer security engineer

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.[4][5] In 2015 she was recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30.[6]


Yan Zhu is a high school dropout who earned a B.S. in physics at MIT.[3] She enrolled as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford University in experimental cosmology but dropped out after four months.[4]


Zhu worked for Yahoo as a security engineer in 2014 and 2015, is a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation,[7] and is currently the chief security officer at Brave Software.[2]

W3C participation[edit]

Zhu is the editor of two W3C documents: 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.[8][9] Zhu served on the W3C Technical Architecture Group in 2015.[10][11]

Other work[edit]

Zhu served on the board of directors of the Zcash Foundation from July 2017[12] to June 2018[13] and Noisebridge in 2013.[14]

Zhu has contributed to open source works including:[4]


  1. ^ Zhu, Yan (2016-05-04). "25". Github. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ a b "Triangulation 411 Yan Zhu, AKA bcrypt". TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Tate (5 February 2013). "Boston Programmers Hold Hackathon in Memory of #AaronSwartz". Open Media Boston.
  4. ^ a b c Finley, Klint. "The Ad-Blocking Hacker Making Your Browser More Paranoid". Wired. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Speaking history for Yan Zhu | Lanyrd". lanyrd.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  6. ^ "2015 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology". Forbes. 2015-01-05. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "EFF People - Staff - Technologist Fellow". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  8. ^ West, Mike; Zhu, Yan (18 September 2021). "Secure Contexts". W3C.
  9. ^ Zhu, Yan (16 July 2015). "End-to-End Encryption and the Web". W3C.
  10. ^ "W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group". W3C. 9 January 2015.
  11. ^ "W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group". W3C. 11 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Foundation Update for July 2017". Zcash Foundation.
  13. ^ "Zcash Foundation Board Meeting Minutes". GitHub. Zcash Foundation. 28 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Noisebridge Form 990-EZ for period ending December 2013". ProPublica.

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