23 Facts About Alexandra Elbakyan


Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan is a Kazakhstani computer programmer and creator of the website Sci-Hub, which provides free access to research papers without regard for copyright.

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Alexandra Elbakyan was born in Almaty, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, on 6 November 1988.

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Alexandra Elbakyan started programming at the age of 12, making web pages in HTML and later writing in PHP, Delphi, and Assembly languages.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's performed her first computer hack at the age of 14; using SQL injection, she obtained access to all logins and passwords of her home internet provider.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's reported these issues to the internet provider, hoping to get a job with them, but this did not happen.

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Alexandra Elbakyan wrote in her blog that she first hacked a publisher's website when she was 15.

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Alexandra Elbakyan wrote a PHP program that exploited a vulnerability on the website to download paywalled books without payment.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's studied the possibility of using EEG brainwaves for authentication instead of using a password.

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Alexandra Elbakyan became interested in developing brain–computer interfaces and in 2010 she joined the University of Freiburg to work on such a project, which eventually led to her summer internship in neuroscience at Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's idea was to develop a new kind of brain-machine interface that would merge human and machine qualia.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's participated in the Towards a Science of Consciousness conference that was held in Tucson, Arizona with the poster "Consciousness in Mixed Systems: Merging Artificial and Biological Minds via Brain-Machine Interface".

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Alexandra Elbakyan developed Sci-Hub in 2011 when she was in Kazakhstan.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's founded her website to help others in the same situation.

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Alexandra Elbakyan was nominated twice for John Maddox Prize and made it to the final shortlist.

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Alexandra Elbakyan is a strong supporter of the open access movement.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's believes that science should be open to all and not behind paywalls.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's has described herself as a devout pirate and thinks that copyright law prevents the free exchange of information online and the free distribution of knowledge on the Internet.

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Alexandra Elbakyan has stated that she is inspired by communist ideals, and considers the common ownership of ideas to be essential for scientific progress.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's wanted to join either the Communist Party of the Russian Federation or Pirate Party of Russia, but was unable to as membership in political parties is restricted to those with Russian citizenship.

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Alexandra Elbakyan was in conflict with the liberal, pro-Western wing of the Russian scientific community.

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In particular, Alexandra Elbakyan was strongly critical of the former Dynasty Foundation and its associated figures.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's believes that the foundation was politicized, tied to Russia's liberal opposition, and fit the legal definition of a "foreign agent".

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In December 2019, The Washington Post reported that Elbakyan was under investigation by the US Justice Department for suspected ties to Russia's military intelligence arm, the GRU, to steal U S military secrets from defense contractors.

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