Berry Good Bio
My name is Elizabeth Berry. My pronouns are she/her. I am 22 years old. I grew up in rural Wisconsin and have been living in Madison since 2017.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Spring of 2020. I've been doing freelance development work since then. I'm most comfortable in a Unix shell and do most of my programming in Vim.
I am interested in cryptography both academically and practically. On the academic side, I find that modern cryptography strikes a very nice balance between mathematics and theories of computation. Practically, I'm interested in making cryptographic tools more accessible and making the use of strong cryptography the default in society.
I've been doing a modest, bi-weekly podcast with my friend Zak for about 3 years. I've also listened to thousands of hours of other podcasts and I really value that content, so I'm interested in doing work to expand, improve, and maintain the infastructure that allows podcasts to exist outside of a "walled garden".
My work and many of my hobbies require me to be typing a lot, so I might as well have some fun with it. The keyboard that I'm using right now is the Keychron K2 with Cherry MX Blue switches so that each keystroke is loud and tactile. I type using the Dvorak keyboard layout so I replaced the original keycaps with some from WASD.
Mathematics, Number Theory in particular, was my first love and every once in a while I stumble upon a paper that I can understand with what little formal math teaching that I have. The ideas in these papers need not be applicable to anything I encounter in day-to-day life, they interest me all the same.
I try to be involved in LGBTQ+ activism. Though I will admit that I am biased, I think it's important for everyone to be familiar with LGBTQ+ issues and know enough about the community to empathize and understand what behaviors are helpful and which are damaging. I think that queer history, theory, and personal stories are fascinating to read about in pretty much any format that I can get my hands on.