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Crypto-Anarchism

January 16th, 2007

Crypto-anarchism is a philosophy that expounds the use of strong public-key cryptography to enforce privacy and individual freedom. Crypto-anarchists aim to create cryptographic software that can be used to evade prosecution and harassment while sending and receiving information in computer networks.

With the help of the software mentioned the connection between the identity of a certain user or organisation and the pseudonym used is almost entirely unprovable unless the user reveals the connection. It is even difficult to say which country’s laws will be ignored, as even the location (country) of a certain participant is unknown. In a sense, the encrypted anonymous networks (the “cipherspace”) can be regarded as an independent, lawless territory. However, participants may voluntarily create new laws using smart contracts or depend on online reputation.

THE CYPHERNOMICON by Timothy C. May

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