The fundamental right of privacy for all human beings underpins free society, yet today this right is challenged by technological advances that open vast new opportunities for the aggregation and analysis of personal data.

We believe that by starting at the municipal level, we as individuals can have an impact and help re-establish meaningful privacy expectations that can inform and inspire the work of others. Seattle Privacy formed in March 2013 and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of Washington in 2014.


Worldwide legal protections of privacy for all people, where ever they live, whatever their citizenship, against increasingly totalitarian government surveillance programs and intrusive and cynical corporate data collection.


To urge and empower the City of Seattle to take advantage of Seattle’s leadership in technology and progressive politics to lead the United States to restore and protect all people’s right to privacy.

Board of Directors

David Robinson

David is a technical writer, programmer, and retired professor with an English Ph.D. from the UW. A year in East Germany left him obsessed with corrupt government and the erosion of privacy. When the United States tried to shut down Wikileaks, he ran a mirror site. David is currently a Tor Project volunteer and an evangelist for secure and free communication technologies. He is the author of “Under Construction: Nine East German Lives.”

Twitter: @jdormansteele
Email: dwrob at oneeyedman dot net
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Phil Mocek
Vice President

Phil is a longtime privacy and transparency activist.

Twitter: @pmocek

Christian Severt

Christian is a systems engineer, IT Director, and concerned Seattle resident. He served in the US Navy administering classified Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence (C4I) systems. Christian has also managed complex information systems & Protected Health Information (PHI) data with an understanding of data storage and sharing among government and private applications.

Twitter: @XanaduRegio
Email: crsevert at seattleprivacy dot org
Web: https://xanaduregio.com


Kevin Orme is a local software professional, member of the WA State Bar and Pacific NW native who has served on the King County Civil Rights Commission in the past, is a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and thinks the Bill of Rights are not just ‘advisory principles’ — they are LAW.

Jan Bultmann

Jan is a technical editor, Pacific Northwest native, and longtime civil rights activist. Jan became interested in the intersection of privacy, anonymity, technology, and civil liberties while sharing and protecting confidential information in the context of recovery.

Twitter: @JanJBultmann
Email: janbultmann at oneeyedman dot com
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Al Richardson
Vice Chair

Al is a community and union organizer who recently relocated to Seattle from Buffalo, NY. He served as an executive member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and as the local lead for the national Fight for 15 campaign lead by SEIU.

Adam Shostack

Adam is a technologist, entrepreneur, author and game designer. He’s a member of the BlackHat Review Board, and helped found the CVE and many other things. While at Microsoft, he drove the Autorun fix into Windows Update, was the lead designer of Microsoft’s SDL Threat Modeling Tool v3 and created the “Elevation of Privilege” game. Adam is the author of “Threat Modeling: Designing for Security,” and the co-author of “The New School of Information Security.”

Web: adam.shostack.org

Christopher Sheats

Christopher is a security engineer, activist, and web kid. Since common forms of entertainment are boring and the world needs changing, Christopher volunteers his time for organizations and causes such as the Emerald Onion, ACLU of Washington, Seattle Privacy Coalition, City of Seattle, Tor Project, Tech-Activism 3rd Mondays, and Wikipedia. Christopher organizes SPC’s surveillance self-defense classes and loves educating people about privacy, information, and technology.

Twitter: @yawnbox
Email: yawnbox at lavabit dot com

Giri Sreenivas

Giri is the CEO and co-founder of Privacy Labs. He has worked on security and mobile projects at startups and large companies. Giri has enjoyed working on a wide range of projects, from developing trusted computing systems for the intelligence community to building consumer mobile experiences on Android. Most recently, he was VP/GM of Mobile at Rapid7 after they acquired Mobilisafe where he was founder/CEO.

Twitter @giri_sreenivas
Web at https://giri.co

Paul English

Paul English is CEO of PreOS Security Inc. Paul is a Board member for the League of Professional System Administrator, a non-profit professional association for hte advancement of the practice of system administration from 2015 through 2017. Paul has Bachelors in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute obtained in 1998. And Paul has been a UNIX & Linux system administrator and wearer of many other IT hats since 1996. More recently he has managed a few sysadmins while still racking the occasional server. In 2016 he ventured into a firmware security startup to help sysadmins keep their systems safe from new threats.

Will Scott

Will is a web hacker. He grew up in Seattle, and holds a Ph.D. from the UW Computer Science Department focused on Networks and Security. Will has helped to organize Open Seattle and TA3M, and researches Internet censorship, privacy preserving web applications, and cloud security.

Twitter: @willscott
Web: https://wills.co.tt


Jacob Appelbaum
Jan Bultmann
Lee Colleton
Phil Mocek
David Robinson
Allegra Searle-LeBel


We are grateful to SURF Incubator for in-kind donation of our mailing address and meeting space, and to Riseup for the creation and maintenance of communications systems for nonprofits. Allies and partner organizations include the following:

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  1. In addition to the privacy issue is the cybersecurity issue, about which I suspect you are aware. According to Homeland Security, the CIA and FBI, among others, the grid is very vulnerable to attack or accident. As James Woolsey, the former director of the CIA said, it’s a matter of when, not if, some attack occurs that will result in our returning to the Dark Ages for an extended period of time, perhaps years. A major concern when you think of the ramifications of having no electricity. No gas, no clean water, no easy transport of food, etc.
    As far as I’ve been able to determine, no one at the Federal level in either the US or Canada is doing anything to secure the grid. Why not?

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