Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn

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Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn
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Born Bryce Wilcox
May 13, 1974
Phoenix, Arizona
Occupation peer-to-peer hacker, cypherpunk
Employer Least Authority Enterprises
  • Ron Wilcox (father)
  • Olene Harris (mother)
Website zooko.com

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn (born Bryce Wilcox May 13, 1974 in Phoenix, Arizona), is an American Colorado-based[1] computer security specialist.

He is known for the Tahoe Least-Authority File Store (or Tahoe-LAFS), a secure, decentralized, fault-tolerant filesystem[2][3] released under GPL and the TGPPL licenses. He is the creator of the Transitive Grace Period Public Licence (TGPPL).[4]

Wilcox-O'Hearn is the designer of multiple network protocols that incorporate concepts such as self-contained economies and secure reputation systems.[5] He is a member of the development team of ZRTP[6] and the BLAKE2 cryptographic hash function.[7][8]

Zooko's triangle is named after Wilcox-O'Hearn, who described the schema that relates three desirable properties of identifiers in 2001.[9]

He is founder and CEO of Least Authority Enterprises in Boulder, Colorado.[1][10][11]

He was a developer of the MojoNation[12] P2P system and lead developer of the follow-on Mnet network,[13] and a developer at SimpleGeo.[14]

Furthermore, Zooko is part of a founding team that recently launched Zcash.


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