Jaromil Roio

Jaromil Roio

Activist, hacker and artist Jaromil (Denis Roio) is the co-founder of the Dyne.org think &do tank. Dyne.org’s mission is to create software for the freedom of expression, to let people communicate free from capitalist speculations and the need of expensive hardware. Since the year 2000 Jaromil writes code and algorithms in various languages, publishing them as free and open source software. His research focuses on the subjects of decentralization, cryptography and independent media practices.

Jaromil is a fellow of the Waag Society for old and new media, he has been awarded the Vilém Flusser Award (Transmediale 2009) and recognized as one of the top 100 social entrepreneurs in Europe (Purpose Economy, 2014) and European young leader (40 under 40, 2012). Jaromil has been a featured artist in CODeDOC II (Whitney Museum Artport), Read_Me 2.3 (runme.org software art), negotiations 2003 (Toronto CA), I LOVE YOU (MAK Frankfurt), Netarts (Machida Tokyo), Rhizome, Data Browser 02 (engineering culture), Crosstalks (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and in several other publications.

Curriculum vitae
Artist website

Selected projects

Jaromil Roio | Freecoin

Freecoin is a set of tools to let people run reward schemes that are transparent and auditable to other organisations. It is made for participatory and democratic organisations who want to incentivise participation, unlike centralised banking databases. Freecoin aims to leverage the use of social digital currencies in a reliable, simple and resilient way. Freecoin is a web application that can be used stand-alone or integrated into systems, it facilitates value circulation and identity management, supporting multi-signature authentication and off-line transactions on top of multiple blockchains backends. Visit the project website here and here. This project is developed as part of the D-CENT software framework (Decentralized Citizen ENgagement Technologies) and is funded by the European Union’s CAPS program: Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and social Innovation (FP7/CAPS grant nr. 610394).

Jaromil Roio | Tomb

Tomb is an 100% free and open source tool for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components. Tomb generates encrypted storage folders to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user. A tomb is like a locked folder that can be safely transported and hidden in a filesystem; its keys can be kept separate, for instance keeping the tomb file on your computer harddisk and the key files on a USB stick or hidden in images using steganographic techniques. Visit the project website.

Jaromil Roio | Forkbomb

ASCII Shell Forkbomb by Jaromil is a kind of poetic virus. If its visually attractive line of only thirteen characters is entered into the command line of a Unix system and the enter key is pressed, within seconds the computer will crash because the devious little program commands it to make multiple copies of itself, setting off a chain reaction and thus quickly exhausting the system’s resources. “Forkbombs have been popular entertainment among hackers since about the mid-1990s, but Jaromil manages to condense them to a most terse, poetic syntax, arguably the most elegant forkbomb ever written. It has the potential of becoming a secret code of recognition among the initiated, like the stuffed trumpet of the Tristero underground in Thomas Pynchon’s “Crying of Lot 49” – Florian Cramer

Available works