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(newscientist.com) Worried about the NSA snooping on your email? Maybe you need to start creating your own personal internet
THE internet is neither neutral nor private, in case you were in any doubt. The US National Security Agency can reportedly collect nearly everything a user does on the net, while internet service providers (ISPs) move traffic according to business agreements, rather than what is best for its customers. So some people have decided to take matters into their own hands, and are building their own net from scratch.
Across the US, from Maryland to Seattle, work is underway to construct user-owned wireless networks that will permit secure communication without surveillance or any centralised organisation. They are known as meshnets and ultimately, if their designers get their way, they will span the country.
Dan Ryan is one of the leaders of the Seattle Meshnet project, where sparse…
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One of my favorite passages ever written. Thank you, May….and Co. of course.
(Wikipedia) Cyphernomicon is a document written by Timothy C. May in 1994 for the cypherpunksmailing list. It outlines some ideas behind, and the effects of crypto-anarchism, and constitutes one of the philosophy’s founding documents.
The document is written and formatted as a lengthy FAQ. It contains many short notes on ideas, questions and claims ordered in sections. It also contains the crypto anarchist manifesto, in paragraph 16.4.2. …
The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto Timothy C. May email@example.com A specter is haunting the modern world, the specter of crypto anarchy. Computer technology is on the verge of providing the ability for individuals and groups to communicate and interact with each other in a totally anonymous manner. Two persons may exchange messages, conduct business, and negotiate electronic contracts without ever knowing the True Name, or legal identity, of the other. Interactions over networks will be…
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Now, if you’re looking with the right kind of eyes, you will finally understand what bitcoin is here for, not for the sound it makes in your pocket, or the heft of it in your…”bank.” Now is the time to throw out the old outdated definitions and recreate our reality, re-invent the freedoms we’ve mistakenly believed were ours, even as they have all been methodically stripped away.
Financial freedom is not the commission of heresy or the admission of guilt; it is a fundamental human right which should never be compromised for perceived comforts or sacrificed for a collective good which is no longer good, or collected.
Evolution is not death, it is freedom.
Bitcoin is very much in the news. In fact, recent headlines — that the Bitcoin system has experienced a fair number of “heists” lately, combined with the Chinese government’s decision to ban banks from trading in the ephemeral digital currency — combine to make this the topic of the day.
Cyber utopians raise Bitcoin as an example of how secret transactions can still take place, even in an increasingly transparent world. The most zealous proclaim it as the harbinger of libertarian apotheosis.
What is Bitcoin? Aw heck, even after a life spent interacting with fellow scientists and cypher-punk types and writing books about the social implications of the info-age… I admit to having little more than a Wikipedia-level understanding of how these purely digital experimental currencies (there are others: see below) work. They operate through exchange of public key encryption schemes, in which the bit coin seller (person A) who…
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