Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet

Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet

Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Jérémie Zimmermann

Language: English

Pages: 196

ISBN: 1944869085

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Cypherpunks are activists who advocate the widespread use of strong cryptography (writing in code) as a route to progressive change. Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of and visionary behind WikiLeaks, has been a leading voice in the cypherpunk movement since its inception in the 1980s.

Now, in what is sure to be a wave-making new book, Assange brings together a small group of cutting-edge thinkers and activists from the front line of the battle for cyber-space to discuss whether electronic communications will emancipate or enslave us. Among the topics addressed are: Do Facebook and Google constitute “the greatest surveillance machine that ever existed,” perpetually tracking our location, our contacts and our lives? Far from being victims of that surveillance, are most of us willing collaborators? Are there legitimate forms of surveillance, for instance in relation to the “Four Horsemen of the Infopocalypse” (money laundering, drugs, terrorism and pornography)? And do we have the ability, through conscious action and technological savvy, to resist this tide and secure a world where freedom is something which the Internet helps bring about?

The harassment of WikiLeaks and other Internet activists, together with attempts to introduce anti-file sharing legislation such as SOPA and ACTA, indicate that the politics of the Internet have reached a crossroads. In one direction lies a future that guarantees, in the watchwords of the cypherpunks, “privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful”; in the other lies an Internet that allows government and large corporations to discover ever more about internet users while hiding their own activities. Assange and his co-discussants unpick the complex issues surrounding this crucial choice with clarity and engaging enthusiasm.

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Libertarians and others who believed in this sort of “democracy locked and loaded” idea, because here was a very intellectual way of doing it—of a couple of individuals with cryptography standing up to the full might of the strongest power in the world. So there is a property of the universe that is on the side of privacy, because some encryption algorithms are impossible for any government to break, ever. There are others that we know are extremely hard for even the NSA to break. We know that.

Most of the American cypherpunks would say that they are exactly the same. Because in a society which has a free market one would argue that you put your money where your mouth is. JULIAN: Where you put your money is where you put your power. JACOB: Exactly. I’m not saying that that is right, that’s almost a Right attitude towards this, which maybe is not what we want. Maybe we want a socially constrained capitalism, for example. JULIAN: If we just look from a simple intelligence perspective:.

Years, but now finally there’s a generation of politicians coming up who don’t see the internet as the enemy but understand that it is part of the solution, and not part of the problem. We still have a world built on weapons, on the power of secret-keeping, on an entire economic framework and so on, but that is changing and I do think we are very important in the policy-making right now. We can discuss the issues in a controversial way—and that is something that the CCC has managed for a long.

Paragraphs relating to Pakistan. “US embassy cables: XXXXXXXXXXXX,” Guardian, November 30, 2010: The extent of the redaction can be seen visually on the Cablegatesearch website which shows the revision history, with the redaction of nearly the whole document shaded in pink: (all links accessed October 22, 2012). 107. For the original cable see cable.

Http:// (all links accessed October 24, 2012). Also from OR Books * * * The Passion of Bradley Manning THE STORY OF THE SUSPECT BEHIND THE LARGEST SECURITY BREACH IN U.S. HISTORY Chase Madar “Author and lawyer Chase Madar tells a great story that raises critical questions about the appropriate balance of government secrecy and national security in a modern democracy.”.

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