Phil Cryer, hacker and open source technologist at-large, is an active member of the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and a speaker at infosec conferences such as DEF CON, SecureWorld and Semafor-ISSA. He leads and moderates discussions about electronic rights and civil liberties while educating users about how their data is used by companies. With over fifteen years experience with Linux and open source software, he knows there's always another way to do it, and is constantly learning new techniques to solve technical challenges.
If he's not losing in a game of Uno with his family, he's listening to music while restoring vintage speakers, or painting his next masterpiece. He holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts, believes that imagination is more important than knowledge and is a practicing trouble maker.
In painting, Phil explores texture and contrast by constantly mixing disparate paints and materials. Working on dense, wood panels, he is continously exploring new ways of applying and using materials to create his art.
Slides from Phil's recent talks on online privacy and security are available for review and download on Slideshare.
During his stint in the biodiversity realm, Phil traveled the world helping other institutions use Linux and open source software to store and share historical biodiversity literature. His photos from the UK, Germany, France, China, Australia and Texas are on Flickr.
It's a collaborative, it's a lab, it's a colo, it's an address, it's, it's 616.cryer.us. lipsync, a project that aims to be a commandline version of Dr0pb0x for Linux and OS X users. left to chance, a seldom updated music blog that reveals a variety of musical styles. fak3r, Phil's long running blog, whose name is a sarcastic shot at the fallacy of internet privacy.