Facebook, WhatsApp Will Have to Share Messages With U.K.
Social media platforms based in the U.S. including Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users’ encrypted messages with British police under a new treaty between the two countries, according … Read the rest
An important set of discussions concerns the use of cryptography in the presence of oppressive authorities. As a result, Cypherpunks have discussed and improved steganographic methods that hide the use of crypto itself, or that allow interrogators to believe that … Read the rest
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
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 very basic cypherpunk issue is privacy in communications and data retention. John Gilmore said he wanted “a guarantee — with physics and mathematics, not with laws — that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications.”
The secrecy … Read the rest
A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto
by Eric Hughes
Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something … 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