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I'm a Computer Science Graduate from Oxford University, England. After deciding to leave Oxford at the start of my 4th year to do something more interesting, and just stick with a BA, I am now working 4 days a week as a software engineer at a company that does some cool source code analysis for a few big tech companies, including NASA, Dell, and Dropbox, and also teaching Computer Science at a school for students on the autistic spectrum once a week.

During my time at Oxford, I have been both the Secretary and the President of the Oxford University Computer Society, and also the IT Rep for the JCR at St. Catherine's College. In addition, I was involved in 3 separate "Learn to Code" courses for students, including one of which I organised, ran and co-wrote the content for. I also volunteered as a helper at my local CoderDojo for some time.

Inside the software field, my main interests are in Communication & Networking (in particular mesh networks), Security, Cryptography (especially usability), Anonymity, and Censorship Resistance. I do like to periodically get away from technology however, and outside of that I have quite a bit of interest in political / social structure (completely re-factoring it, that is), and generally doing my part to help bring about a better world.

If you want to get in touch, your best bet is probably via twitter.

Recent Blog Posts

Why Democracy Doesn't Work

Jan 29, 2015

Democracy is a beautiful concept:

Democracy is a form of government where citizens choose and replace the government through free and fair elections. Democracies allow active participation of the citizens in politics and civic life, protect the human rights of its citizens and apply laws and procedures equally to all citizens.

(source: Wikipedia)

Equal distribution of power among citizens: power to vote, power to stand for office, power to be free... Surely such a system would lead to a society which is best for everyone.

Unfortunately this is not the case, and as far as I can tell, a large part of it is down to 3 particular human traits:

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The Key to a Perfect Society

Jan 22, 2015

Our society, our civilisation, as we know it today, is by no means perfect. No nation on this planet has a majority population who are completely happy with the status quo. On average, people labour away for a ridiculous number of hours each day, in a constant effort to bolster income, and increase property and possessions. Technology came with the promise that we would be able to work less hours, and yet be more prosperous, however the truth is we have way less free time than our ancestors ever did. And what do we have to show for it; globally, we have wars (big and small, civil or otherwise), poverty, disease, hatred, global warming, resource scarcity, lack of unused space, civil liberty and human rights violations (mass surveillance, oppression, unjust imprisonment etc...)

How have we landed where we are today? And where is our current trajectory taking us?

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Sam Lanning

Sam Lanning

Studied Computer Science @ Oxford University. Interested in Communication, Security, Privacy, Anonymity, P2P, E2E, Mesh, Censorship Resistance etc...

Oxford - UK