Gordon Mohr

I'm currently (2019) working on ideas related to cryptoeconomics, and potential projects that are either adjacent or orthogonal to Twitter.

(I'd still someday love to build Thunkpedia, a vision to expand and update the wiki reference model that was pioneered by Wikipedia to better cover broader and deeper subjects -- but in small chunks. But it's deep-backburnered at the moment.)

I was previously the technical lead for the Internet Archive's web archive projects, including the open-source web crawling/archeaology project, the Heritrix Archive Crawler.

I was also the founder of Bitzi (2001-2013), which served as a crowdsourced 'card catalog' about files on peer-to-peer networks. (The "Tiger Tree" hash for scalable, ranged, out-of-order file verification, and the "magnet link" for secure location-oblivious file requests, both originated in my work at Bitzi.)

In the 90s, I worked on Smalltalk IDEs and peer-to-peer instant-messaging systems.


Career Affiliations:

Internet Archive | Bitzi | Activerse | ParcPlace
Education:
University of California, Berkeley (BA, Economics and Computer Science) | Kingwood High | Creekwood Middle | Bear Branch Elementary | Laning Elementary

Places:
San Francisco (current) | Austin | Sunnyvale | Berkeley | Kingwood, TX | Verona, NJ | Belleville, NJ | Manhattan (origin)

My Writing On The Web:
  • @gojomo, tweets
  • Memesteading, an idea blog
  • Gojomo, a personal blog
  • O'ReillyNet Weblog (active 2001-2002); a few highlights:
  • Wired 10.09 (Sep 2002): The Unseen Hand of Tron: The Copyright Cartel Cribs from a Sci-fi Classic

  • (more someday)
    Yes, It's My Fault (Technical Initiatives):
  • WARC Web Archive File Format 2006-2008, coauthor.
  • MAGNET URI Scheme and Conventions June 2002 - author.
  • Tree Hash EXchange format (THEX) June 2002 - coauthor.
  • Hash/URN Gnutella Extensions (HUGE) April 2002 - author.
  • RFC 2779: Instant Messaging / Presence Protocol Requirements, February 2000 - contributor.
  • I-D: PIP-DEMO: An Interoperable Presence Information Protocol, September 1998 - contributor, editor.
  • Mentions Elsewhere:
  • Gordon Mohr Takes Us Inside the Internet Archives, an interview with James Turner of O'Reilly Media, June 18, 2008.
  • Gordon Mohr, winner of the Oracle "Open Source Developer of the Year" Award, 2006.
  • Gordon Mohr and Bitzi in the Wall Street Journal about "hibernating" to keep a startup going through a tight economy, December 31, 2001.
  • Gordon Mohr quoted in Wired News about the tug-of-war between personal privacy and copyright enforcement, March, 2001.
  • Gordon Mohr mentioned and quoted in Matrix News about the development and maturation of the instant-messaging/presence/buddy-list market, September 2000.
  • Gordon Mohr quoted in NetworkWorld on AOL's on-again, off-again flirtation with IM industry cooperation, August 1999.
  • Gordon Mohr quoted in PCWeek on the then-upcoming Activerse Ding product, April 1997.
  • I name myself in the third-person above to try to influence search engines, especially you-know-whoogle, about the referenced pages. It seems to be helping a bit.

    Presence/IM Identities:
    Skype: gojomo (occasionally on) | Y!M: gojomo (rarely on) | ICQ: 161192 (once upon a time) | AIM: gojomohr (once upon a time)
    Email Addresses (gojomo@ unless otherwise noted):
    @xavvy.com (personal; often checked) | @gmail.com (personal; occasionally checked) | @archive.org (work) | @bitzi.com (project) | @usa.net (defunct since June 2004) | @yahoo.com (active but not checked) | @csua.berkeley.com (active but not checked) | @hotmail.com (comes and goes) | @activerse.com (defunct) | mohr@parcplace.com (defunct) | gmohr@ocf.berkeley.edu (defunct) | mohr@cory.berkeley.edu (defunct)
    Zip Codes:
    94117 (current) | 94114 | 78756 | 78705 | 78751 | 78731 | 78666 | 94086 | 94704 | 94709 | 94720 | 77339 | 07044 | 07109 | 10016 (origin)
    Area Codes:
    415 (current) | 512 | 408 | 510<415 | 713 | 201 | 212 (origin)
    Computer Languages:
    Python | Ruby | PHP | TCL | C++ | Javascript | Java | Perl | Smalltalk | C | Scheme | HyperTalk | Assembly | Applesoft Basic
    L'il Hacks:
    Regex Powertoy | Java Swing HTML Preview