ben adida / bio

Ben Adida is Engineering Lead at Square. His passion is empowering people with technology. Ben has extensive experience in online payments & identity, secure voting, personal health records, and the broader Web. He has developed free software for 15 years and Web software for 18 years. He is a technical advisor to Creative Commons and to Harvard Medical School.

Previously, Ben was Director of Engineering at Mozilla, Research Faculty at Harvard Medical School / Children's Hospital Boston, a research fellow with the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard, and an affiliate with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Ben co-founded three bootstrapped startups: ArsDigita (1998), OpenForce (2000), and Webdash (2005). He received his PhD from MIT's Cryptography and Information Security group.