Speaker details

Ladar Levison



Ladar Levison was born and raised in San Francisco, California where he attended Thurgood Marshall Academic High School. Mr. Levison would eventually graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas with a BBA in Finance and a BA in Political Science, along with minors in Computer Science and English.

In 2004 Mr. Levison founded Nerdshack LLC; a company dedicated to providing free and private email services. Over the next ten years Mr. Levison expanded his business while renaming the company Lavabit LLC. As of August 2013, Lavabit had over 400,000 registered users, 10,000 of which paid for Mr. Levison’s services. On August 8, 2013, Mr. Levison made the difficult decision to shut down his email business after refusing “to become complicit in crimes against the American people.” Now, he balances his work for Lavabit and the Dark Mail Alliance with activism and advocacy for the protection of internet privacy.


Date Title

European Identity & Cloud Conference 2014

May 13, 2014
The Future of Email Privacy
May 14, 2014
Privacy in Communication
Discussion: How Strong could Privacy in Internet Communication be - and where are the Legal Barriers?
May 15, 2014
Beyond End-to-End-Encryption
The Next Generation of Privacy Tools: What can we expect?