Censorship and monitoring

In general, cypherpunks opposed the censorship and monitoring from government and police.

In particular, the US government’s Clipper chip scheme for escrowed encryption of telephone conversations (encryption supposedly secure against most attackers, but breakable by government) was seen as anathema … Read the rest

Anonymity and pseudonyms

The questions of anonymity, pseudonymity and reputation are also extensively discussed.

Anonymity, adjective “anonymous”, is derived from the Greek word ἀνωνυμία, anonymia, meaning “without a name” or “namelessness”. In colloquial use, “anonymous” is used to describe situations where the acting … Read the rest



A cypherpunk is any activist advocating widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change. Originally communicating through the Cypherpunks electronic mailing list, informal groups aimed to achieve privacy and security through … Read the rest