Drawing of a triangle with a closed eye inside.

Blindstore provides an online lookup service which returns the correct answer without ever knowing what the question was. The protocol guarantees that the server can’t know which record the client requested. The client still only receives the record they requested.


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Alejandro Avilés

Alejandro Avilés, aka Ome, software engineer by day, a bunch of other things by night. After a stint as an open-source web developer at CERN, he started working on cryptocurrencies and blockchain early in 2017 at Bity, a Swiss startup. Now, moved by a burning curiosity in cryptoeconomics, decentralization and governance, he co-organizes community exercises to explore these topics with

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Anastasis Andronidis

Anastasis Andronidis is a computer scientist, graduated with excellence from Aristotle University of Greece. After having a 4 years job in a GRID data center in Greece, where he was responsible for databases and distributed frameworks and applications, he start working at CERN as a Technical Student on OpenStack solutions and Linux administrating. Having experience with big infrastructures and parallelization software, he also worked on Puppet as a OpenLab summer student at CERN in 2012, on Apache Hama as a Google’s Summer of Code intern, and now he is a PMC member of the Apache Hama project.

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Andrea Leri

Currently a storage engineer at CERN, Andrea is a security minded professional at heart. After having pursued his interests in Italian, Swedish and Scottish universities, he is now working on storage technologies that make life easier for both users and system administrators. In the past he has worked on secure authentication schemes, key management software and account lifecycle projects. He is an advocate of open source software and privacy enhancing techniques.

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Benjamin Lipp

Benjamin is currently in the final semester of his undergraduate studies in physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He works as Linux system administrator in two non-profit associations and is passionate about open source software, security and cryptography. Besides that, he loves running and photography. This year, he was a CERN openlab summer student working on OpenStack. Benjamin has been part of the team that founded Blindstore.

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Bogdan Kulynych

Bogdan is currently in the final year of his undergraduate studies in Applied Mathematics at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. He also studied at Jagiellonian University in Poland as an Erasmus Mundus student. Bogdan is interested in Machine Learning, Data Analysis, and Cryptography. This year, he was a CERN openlab summer student working on the Invenio project. Concerned over the issues of privacy on the Internet, he was the one who came up with the idea of Blindstore, and lead the technical efforts behind the project.

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Christophe Sahut

Christophe is Corporate Infrastructure Architect at SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance), the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Based in Geneva, he’s in charge of several global IT infrastructure projects related to cloud architectures and security. He has a strong technical background on security and opensource technologies as a trainer and consultant. Technology agnostic, Christophe kept from his trainer past the enthusiasm to share his knowledge and experience.

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Daniele Raffo

Formerly a CERN civil servant, Daniele holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science focusing on the security of wireless networks. He has experience in the fields of systems, networking, security, and Java programming. Partisan of Linux and Free Software in general, he is the author of the official Handbook for Enigmail, the OpenPGP plugin for Mozilla, as well as a reviewer for other technical books.

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Ferdinando Buscema

Ferdinando is a Magic Experience Designer, a corporate specialist designing “magical experiences” for organizational growth. With a background in mechanical engineering and humanistic psychology, Ferdinando has been chosen as a partner by multinational companies, to create high-value edutainment events. Ferdinando is also an international performer, credited at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the most exclusive stage for magical entertainment. He serves as an Advisor the philanthropic foundation Fetzer Institute.

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Gretta Hohl

Gretta was born in Romania, as part of the Hungarian German minority. She studied Computer Science in Berlin Germany focusing on robotics and artificial intelligence. During her studies she worked several years as student researcher in the artificial intelligence group at the Free University Berlin. She developed embedded systems and co-lead the humanoid robots research project FUmanoids. Since three years she is developing software at the SAP Innovation Center Potsdam.

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Linga Kalinde Mangachi

Linga Kalinde Mangachi is an Executive MBA in Management of Technology candidate at EPFL. Following undergraduate studies in the United States and an MSc. in Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary in London she has pursued a career in Intellectual Property, Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Linga has worked in various roles in international organizations, multinational companies and in start-ups.

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Tommaso Papini

Tommaso was born in Figline Valdarno (Florence, Italy) in 1990. He started his bachelor degree in Computer Science (2009) at the University of Florence and graduated in December 2012 with a score of 110/100 cum laude. During the second year of his bachelor degree he also studied at the Polytechnic University of Madrid as Erasmus student. Tomasso enrolled then for a master degree in Computer Science (2012) at the University of Florence and is still studying to graduate. In October 2013 he started his 1 ­year Technical Student programme at CERN, working as a web developer in the Indico Team.

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Yigit Demirag

Yigit is a MSc. student in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bilkent University in Turkey. He spent two summers at CERN as Openlab Summer Student and Google Summer of Code Student working on vectorization and SIMD optimization of Random Number Generators on Intel’s Haswell Architecture and on the second generation MIC architecture, Knights Landing. His current research area focuses on designing and fabricating nano devices that mimic synapses of the biological brain. He is passionate about Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing and Privacy.