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The main project I’m working on right now is Mailpile, a modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. It’s free software, written in Python, available on Github. If you want to talk about it, join #mailpile on irc.freenode.net.

Liquid Democracy

Around 2007 I started thinking about the shortcomings of democracy as it stands, and started writing about it. In 2008 I did a talk at Oekonux 4, where I presented some of the ideas about how to democratize democracy by allowing proxying of votes. Since then I’ve become acquainted with the works of Miller, Hill, Lomax, Hodgeson and others on this same field, which predate my own work. However, I seem to have triggered this most recent interest, which has generated useful software built by a host of smart people.

I frequently work on issues related to this; mostly writing and lecturing. I built Wasa2il, a free software platform for Liquid Democracy.


I’m a co-founder of the International Modern Media Institute and served as its first executive director. I am now a board member of that organization.

Icelandic Pirate Party

I co-founded the Icelandic Pirate Party and stood as their number one candidate in Iceland’s south constituency in the 2013 general elections. We got three wonderful people into the parliament, but we were a couple of hundred votes short in my constituency. Now I’m not serving any role for the Pirates, execept insofar as I frequently rant about Pirate politics and try to help the party from afar.

Older projects

Some of these I haven’t worked on for a while… some live good lives without me, others have faded into history or taken on new lives with others at the helm: