Paul Fawkesley

Paul Fawkesley


I'm trying to build things to improve the world.

I care about human rights, internet freedom, equality.

I ❤ linux, python, crypto & security :)

I work best in small teams with a strong purpose

I'm currently automating PGP for teams with Fluidkeys and we run Expirybot, a service to make life easier for PGP users.

I've built software for printing machines and high-speed network devices, scraped and analysed data for ScraperWiki, Shelter and Global Witness, built backends for Government Digital Service, created the whole stack for Sea Level Research and kicked off the NHS Digital Transformation.

I have a First in Engineering (Electronics) from Durham University. My CV is on LinkedIn.

I enjoy public speaking

These are some talks or events I've organised:

I enjoy making complex ideas simple to understand.

I wrote these recently

I've got a few favourites

Randomize your WiFi MAC address on Ubuntu 16.04

Your device’s MAC address can be used to track you across the WiFi networks you connect to. That data can be shared and sold, and often identifies you as an individual. It’s possible to limit this tracking by using pseudo-random MAC addresses.

Building Software Users Love

This was originally posted on the NHS.UK Alpha project blog.

I’m Paul, and I’m a developer on the NHS.UK Alpha project. I wanted to share some thoughts about different ways of delivering software, and why we’re working in the way we are.

Resisting the Urge to Build

You may remember a few months back I launched a new site - - which helps you to monitor your mobile phone usage and alert you if you’ve overspent your monthly minutes, texts and so on.

Arduino Isn't Just For Hackers

Arduino turned out to be the perfect match for JF Machines Ltd, a manufacturer of industrial digital printing machines. The open source platform offered them supply security, enormous flexibility and simple PC interfacing, all at an incredible price.

I've written a few more things

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