About Barry Wels
One of the things about me is that I am always running out of time.
So for the moment I will take a shortcut and put the bio from the Hope conference here:
Barry Wels earned his nickname “The Key” when he started picking locks around 1985. As cofounder of the infamous hacker magazine Hack-Tic, he had a logical place to publish articles on lockpicking in the early 1990s. His first presentations and workshops took place at the HEU (Hacking at the End of the Universe) conference and in Bielefeld at the “public domain” sessions (both in 1993). Many presentations followed, including the HOPE conferences (H2K, H2K2, and The Fifth HOPE). Some of these presentations can be downloaded for free at: http://connect.waag.org/toool/. Barry is one of the founders and president of Toool, a lockpick sportgroup in the Netherlands. Toool stands for The Open Organization Of Lockpickers. Just like their German friends in SSdev.org they pick locks as an official sport, complete with championships. Besides picking locks Toool members also study locks, sometimes finding huge and previously unpublished flaws. Needless to say, the lock industry is not always too happy. Lately, some smarter lock companies have started asking Toool what they think of a lock before commencing mass production. Even though some offers were made to get him to work for the lock/security industry, Barry still works (four days a week) at CryptoPhone. As one of the cofounders of CryptoPhone, he thinks it is important to fight the battle for publicly accessible secure mobile communications. CryptoPhone is the first and only secure cellular, landline, and satellite phone company that publishes the complete source code to its products. This allows the cryptographic/academic community (and the public at large) to look for flaws or backdoors in the product. Just as with mechanical locks, Barry believes in security through transparency, not through obscurity.
As of January 2010 Barry has reserved (at east) one day a week for giving presentations, trainings and lock-related R&D. Topics covered in trainings and presentations are very broad, ranging from simple beginner courses/presentations to advanced ‘masterclasses’ that can take up to a week.
And please keep in mind this page is not complete yet but I will try to update some day … when I am not in a hurry ;)