- Rop Gonggrijp
Rop Gonggrijp (born February 14th 1968, Amsterdam) is a Dutch hacker and one of the founders of
internet service provider XS4ALL.
While growing up in
Wormerin the Dutch Zaanstreek area, he became known as a teenage hacker and appeared as one of the main characters in Jan Jacobs's book "Kraken en Computers" ("Hacking and computers", Veen uitgevers 1985, ISBN 90-204-2651-6) which describes the early hacker scene in The Netherlands. Moved to Amsterdamin 1988. Founded the hacker magazine Hack-Ticin 1989. Was believed to be a major security threat by authorities in The Netherlands as well as in the USA. [ [http://www.xs4all.nl/~fvjole/archief/artikelen/Volkskrant/1993/heu.html Hacking at the End of the Universe (Dutch)] ] In the masthead of Hack-Tic, Gonggrijp described his role as "hoofdverdachte" ('prime suspect'). He was convinced that the Internet would radically alter society. [ [http://www.hacktic.nl/magazine/0103.htm Hackers beginnen Nederlands eerste kritische computerblad (Dutch)] ]
1993, a number of people surrounding Hack-Ticincluding Gonggrijp founded XS4ALL. It was the first ISP that offered access to the Internet for private individuals in the Netherlands. Gonggrijp sold the company to the former enemy Dutch-Telecom KPN 1997. After he left XS4ALL, Gonggrijp founded ITSX, a computer security evaluation company, which was bought by Madison Gurkhain 2006. In 2001, Gonggrijp started work on the [http://www.cryptophone.com Cryptophone] , a mobile telephone that can encrypt conversations. [ [http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/19/1854226 Encrypted Cell Phone Hits the Market] ]
Since 1989, Gonggrijp has been the main organizer of hacker events held every four years. Originally organized by the cast of
Hack-Tic, these events have continued to live to this day.
Throughout the years, he has repeatedly shown his concerns about the increasing amount of information on individuals that government agencies and companies have access to. Rop held a controversial talk titled "We lost the war" [ [http://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/static/t/r/a/Transcribe_We_Lost_The_War_1de1.html Transcribe/We Lost The War] ] at the
Chaos Communication Congress2005 in Berlin together with Frank Rieger. [ [http://rop.gonggri.jp/?cat=3 Archive for the 'lost the war' Category] ]
In 2006 he founded the organization [http://www.wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nl/English "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet"] ("We do not trust voting computers") which campaigns against the use of electronic voting systems without a
Voter Verified Paper Audit Trailand which showed in October 2006 on Dutch television how an electronic voting machine from manufacturer Nedapcould easily be hacked. [ [http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/79106 Dutch citizens group cracks Nedap's voting computer] ]
* http://rop.gonggri.jp Personal blog
* [http://www.xs4all.nl/uk/overxs4all/geschiedenis/vogelvlucht.php History of XS4ALL]
* http://www.webwereld.nl/articles/36475/de-zorgen-van-rop-gonggrijp.html (in Dutch)
* http://www.nrc.nl/W2/Lab/Netkunst/Gonggrijp/ (in Dutch)
* [http://www.volkskrant.nl/wetenschap/article358958.ece/Creatief_met_stemcomputers Interview on Voting machines] (in Dutch)
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