MaidSafe New Team Member: Jon Häggblad

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Hi everyone, very excited to join the pack.

My name is Jon Häggblad and after living 6 years in the UK I’m now back in Sweden where I’m from. Originally from the north, close to the arctic circle and the midnight sun, I now spend my time in downtown Stockholm with my wife and son.

I remember back in the day we used to say:

“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it”
 — John Gilmore

It feels however like that has not been the case for a long time, and seeing many of Richard Stallman’s initially outlandish predictions about freedom, privacy, and surveillance eventually come true has been frustrating, to say the least. The SAFE Network for me re-sparks that optimistic feeling that we as a society can do much better!

After completing my PhD in Applied Maths at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) and spending a number of years writing numerical algorithms in C++ in London it feels like returning to my roots. I’ve always been a big Free Software enthusiast and spent my youth writing C and C++ on Linux. Rust to me is the first realistic successor to these languages that I’m excited about and it’s obvious that the match with the SAFE Network is perfect. Finally we have a (mainstream) language that doesn’t think it has to sacrifice performance for high-level abstractions. To a large extent you can absolutely have both! And it catches most of my mistakes at compile time too.

It feels awesome being onboard and I’m super excited about being part of such a great project!

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