Micah Lee



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Micah Lee is a technologist that works on operational security, source protection, privacy, and cryptography for The Intercept. He is a founder and former board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation and the author of the "Encryption Works" handbook.

An avid GNU/Linux user, he has been writing code in a variety of languages for a variety of platforms for over a decade. He develops open source security tools including OnionShare, SecureDrop, and Tor Browser Launcher. Prior to joining The Intercept, Micah worked as a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


The Operating System That Can Protect You Even if You Get Hacked

We wrote about the importance of the Tails operating system to all of the NSA journalists last week, but there’s also another little-known operating system that journalists should consider using …

How We Plan on Keeping SecureDrop as Secure as Possible

One of the big questions that will inevitably come up as media organizations consider adopting SecureDrop, our new open-source whistleblower submission system, is: How secure is it? We …

Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy (And Your Sources) in the Age of NSA Surveillance

The stories of how NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first contacted journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras (both Freedom of the Press Foundation board members), and how he communicated with the …