Alok founded Bangalore, India based Hidden Reflex and leads our team of fantastic engineers there. Alok was born in Texas and grew up in Virginia and Kansas. He began programming on an NEC personal computer running CPM at the age of 11. After earning a degree in philosophy from Princeton University, he worked in finance mostly with technology companies and in education as a teacher.
When Epic was launched, most of the tech industry found it laughable that anyone would ever care about online privacy. Slashdot founder Rob Malda and technologist Douglas Rushkoff were among those who believed in our mission from the start and have supported us for years. Graham Holdings (NYSE: GHC) also believed in online privacy and provided seed funding for Hidden Reflex several years ago. The new focus of the tech industry on data privacy is a validation of our mission. We continue to believe the internet is the most important medium for humanity and that protecting online freedom is critical.
Without online privacy, we don't have online freedom. Privacy is that space for free thought, association and exploration. The goal of a surveillance system is not to catch you doing something wrong, but to make some ideas or thoughts "disappear" through self-censorship and eventual suppression.
Our Founder Alok spoke at TEDx on Privacy & Freedom.
This essay by our founder Alok explains the net neutrality debate from the bottom-up (e.g. from the way the internet, a packet-switching network, works). Defining net neutrality as the idea that every packet must be treated equally, there's an alternative, net prejudice, in which packets can be treated prejudicially (or preferentially depending on your perspective). Through analyzing the technologies involved, the essay arrives at conclusions that protections are needed (e.g. legislation) not so much to protect net neutrality but rather to protect against rent-seeking net prejudice. These protections won't inhibit any technological innovation (e.g. IPv6 which provides for quality of service or net prejudice) nor provide any disincentives to telecommunications infrastructure investment.
Profile: As a developer, you'll be working on products that hundreds of thousands of people use every single day. It's both a great challenge and opportunity. You'll work on the Chromium platform to build desktop and mobile browsers as well as Mozilla for our iOS browser.
Qualifications: You should have a deep knowledge of computer science fundamentals particularly object-oriented programming, algorithms, and data structures. You should have extensive experience coding in an at least one OOP language such as C++ or Java. Knowledge of other programming languages and programming paradigms such as functional programming (haskell, ocaml, etc.), imperative programming (C), and others is helpful. You should take product ownership, love to solve complex problems, and work well with a team as well as independently.
We're based in Bangalore but we're open to hire remote team members. If new challenges and tirelessly building new products excites you, reach out to us at jobs at hiddenreflex dot com.
Profile: We need evangelists to reach out to the press, develop creative marketing ideas for growth and participate in community-building. For business development, you'll likely be our first point-of-contact, responsible for beginning conversations with other companies interested in partnering with us.
Qualifications: You should have excellent communication and writing skills, and a polite, professional demeanor. No prior PR or corporate communications experience is necessary. If you're ready for a new adventure, tell us about your vision and what you've accomplished at the email jobs at hiddenreflex dot com.