empeopled on Boostrapping in America!
Jennifer Granick’s new post looks at the legal issues and new amici briefs in the Lavabit case. The case is important because the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is in the process of deciding the first legal challenge to government seizure of the master encryption keys that secure our communications with web sites and email servers. The opinion could decide the future reliability of encryption protocols to protect all Internet communications.
empeopled filed an amicus brief yesterday in defense of Lavabit in the 4th circuit.
The basic premise of our argument is that the decision in this case doesn’t just affect email privacy, it affects all Internet privacy, including the furthering of democracy and political discourse.
A big thank you to ROBINS, KAPLAN, MILLER & CIRESI, L.L.P. for their essentially pro bono work on this filing. Very happy that we were able to get an argument that’s in-keeping with our values and beneficial for the court to hear submitted.
A Q&A with empeopled co-founder and CEO Aris Michalopoulos. The Chicago-based startup, which is a site that enables social conversations and influencer ratings around topics of common interest, launched out of private beta last week. It was founded in the spring of 2012 and has been bootstrapped to this point. SUB: Please describe empeopled and [&]
replace ‘cities’ with ‘virtual cities’ and we’re in agreement. The latter seems more likely and practical too.
empeopled now has over 1000 users. The average user spends ~26 minutes on the site per day! (excluding employees of course) Thanks for all of your help so far everyone!
empeopled nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards