RECYCLED #162. Moxie Marlinspike is a legend in tech. As a programmer, he literally wrote the code that enables everyday encryption. He’s friendly with Edward Snowden and was recently feature in WIRED magazine. Moxie, though, is a sailor at heart. I worked together with him at Broadreach way back in 2008. We caught up to talk about his unique sailing philosophy, his movie ‘HOLD FAST’ & his rise in the tech world.
If you’ve followed the news even tangentially, you’ll have heard about encryption. Remember Edward Snowden? His revelations about the FBI’s mass collection of data from everyday Americans set off a wave of stories centered around personal privacy & national security. Today’s guest is at the center of that debate - Moxie Marlinspike, almost single-handedly invented everyday encryption, and his code was recently implemented in WhatsApp and Facebook’s new ‘secret’ Messenger service. If you’re interested in this sort of thing at all, I highly recommend watching the documentary about Snowden called Citizen Four, and reading the recent WIRED Magazine profile on Moxie, which you can easily find on Google, or I’ll link it in the show notes.
Topics Covered in the Podcast
- Moxie was featured in WIRED Magazine
- He wrote the code for everyday encryption
- San Francisco, CA - home for Moxie
- Broadreach, where Andy and Moxie worked & met
- First looked at sail boats on Craigslist https://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
- Sailing is a way to be autonomous and free
- Moxie’s first boat was a 55-foot triple-masted schooner
- Ericson 35 or a boat like it was what Moxie and his friends should have gotten
- Moxie sailed a Catalina 27 down to Mexico
- He used The Central Library in San Francisco to learn more about sailing
- Moxie tried to build a houseboat in San Francisco Harbor
- Waterworld, the film about the future when the sea covers all land
- Holdfast, a movie describing a story of a wrecked Pearson 30 that Moxie & friends fixed to sail
- He then sailed from ft. Lauderdale to Haiti
- How to refit a boat from wreckage
- Overcoming physical and mental discomfort
- The feeling of how awesome adventures is after-the-fact
- Sailing meetup in Guatemala
- Moxie's feature in Fortune Magazine
- Moxie's feature in Popular Science about encryption
- Moxie's feature in Vanity Fair
- Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts, Wall Street Journal
- “Sailing the Farm” a group building a steel hull sail boat in Norway and set sail
- Using sailing as a process of discovery
- Skype, video chatting software that we use regularly to record podcasts
- Free diving, the mental and physical challenges
- Software development and influencing modern technology
- Polotics - Communism, fascisms, & democracy
- Past boat deliveries with Andy and Moxie
People and Books mentioned in the Podcast
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