It's easy to see Ladar Levison as a crusader for
privacy and against government surveillance.
When the federal government demanded his encryption keys , Ladar Levison shut down his private email service , Lavabit, rather than compromise his users’ privacy. Private email was the business he was in, and a new form of private email is now one of his projects .
But Levison is also a businessman fighting for the right to run his business. In our wide-ranging interview, Levison drew a parallel between his decision to shut down Lavabit and a dramatic moment in Atlas Shrugged.
For further reading:
- Alexander R. Cohen, Lavabit Founder Shrugs, Closes Snowden Email Service
- Alexander R. Cohen, When Government Demanded Lavabit's Keys
- Edward Hudgins, The Prophetic Atlas Shrugged