Ben Smyth

Ben Smyth
Ben Smyth

 

I lead x26.io, a group solving hard scientific problems, making game-changing engineering advancements, building tech startups on top.

Frustrated by today's (almost-)all-encrypted Internet harming performance, I sought to disprove the folklore, to prove encrypted content can be cached. I succeeded; subsidiary tlfs.io enables data-centric Internet (with encrypted-content caching), the power of which will be showcased by WebDesktop, an end-to-end encrypted private and professional network/platform.

Burdened by secrets I'm forced to carry, I decided to eradicate smartcards, building and vehicle key fobs too; no more bags, wallets, pockets spewing the wretched things, secrets buried deep inside. Subsidiary x70.io makes smartcards and other forms of security token obsolete, integrating them into smartphones.

Ecosystem building, as the Capitol was stormed, forced me to reflect: Digital democracy must be focal, yet the world is awash with voting technology never fit for purpose. Having messed with voting systems for approaching two decades—breaking, patching, and proving-secure—I decided to equip democracy builders with certifiably free and fair election systems. VoteTech is delivering.

I endeavour to practise work-life integration, starting my days with a run, reminiscing just how easy it used to be, with a decade (or more) less age!

TL;DR. I jumped the corporate ship and academia to unleash my knowledge upon the world, to build systems with material societal impact. Beforehand, I honed myself into a scientist, published some thirty works, was granted five patents (six applications pending), employed at Huawei, INRIA/CNRS, & École Normale Supérieure in France, Toshiba in Japan, and the University of Birmingham in the UK, where I was awarded my PhD.