Gordon Mohr

I'm currently (2014) working on Bitcoin projects and Thunkpedia, which aims to expand and update the wiki reference model that was pioneered by Wikipedia to better cover broader and deeper subjects -- but in small chunks.

I was most recently 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 (current) | Bitzi (current) | 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:
  • 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:
    Y!M: gojomo (usually on) | Skype: gojomo (usually on) | ICQ: 161192 (rarely on) | AIM: gojomohr (rarely on) | MSWM: gojomo (rarely on)
    Email Addresses (gojomo@ unless otherwise noted):
    @archive.org (work) | @bitzi.com (project) | @xavvy.com (personal; often checked) | @gmail.com (personal; occasionally checked) | @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