hi there, I'm Aleksejs

My name is Aleksejs Popovs. I usually go by my first name, and tell people to pronounce it as if the last three letters were silent.

I am originally from Riga, Latvia, where I graduated from the Riga State Gymnasium #1 in 2016. I am now an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing a double major in Mathematics with Computer Science and Philosophy.

I like theoretical computer science, applied cryptography, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and weird music (which I strongly believe should be purchased DRM-free, not streamed).

I have worked on improving the performance of libsnark and libiop, open-source implementations of multiple general zero-knowledge proof of knowledge schemes. In the summer of 2018, I interned on the Product Security team at Dropbox, where I designed and implemented transparent identifier encryption middleware for mitigating IDOR vulnerabilities and improving privacy. Back in high school, I competed in the International Olympiad in Informatics, where I got a gold medal.

If you'd like to know how I'm doing, check out my twitter. If you'd like to say hi, email me at aleksejs@popovs.lv.