Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet

Author: Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Muller-Maguhn, Jeremie Zimmermann

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 1939293006

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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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This Machine Kills Secrets

How WikiLeakers, Hacktivists, and Cypherpunks Are Freeing the World's Information

Author: Andy Greenberg

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753548011

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

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Young men and women who grew up in the digital age are expressing their dissatisfaction with governments, the military and corporations in a radically new way. They are building machines - writing cryptographic software codes - that are designed to protect the individual in a cloak of anonymity, while institutional secrets are uploaded for public consumption. This movement is shining a light on governments' classified documents and exposing abuses of power like never before. From Australia to Iceland - organisations like Wikileaks, Openleaks, and Anonymous are just some of the more familiar groups that are enabling whistleblowers and transforming the next generation's notion of what activism can be. The revolution won't be televised. It'll be online. Andy Greenberg, technology writer for Forbes magazine, has interviewed all the major players in this new era of activism including Julian Assange - and blows the cover of a key activist, previously only presumed to exist, named The Architect who accomplished for at least two leak sites exactly what his name implies. In This Machine Kills Secrets, Greenberg offers a vision of a world in which institutional secrecy no longer protects those in power - from big banks to dysfunctional governments. A world that digital technology has made all but inevitable.
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Cypherpunk Revolutionary

On Julian Assange

Author: Robert Manne

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1863957715

Category: Political Science

Page: 64

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There are few original ideas in politics. In the creation of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange was responsible for one. This essay reveals the making of Julian Assange – both his ideas and his world-changing actions. Robert Manne explores Assange's unruly childhood and then his involvement with the revolutionary cypherpunk underground, all the way through to the creation of WikiLeaks. Pulling together the threads of his development, Manne shows how Assange became one of the most influential Australians of our time.
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Digital Cash

The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

Author: Finn Brunton

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691185662

Category: Business & Economics

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The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators—from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Bitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a long line of similar efforts going back to the 1970s. But the story behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and its blockchain technology has largely been untold—until now. In Digital Cash, Finn Brunton reveals how technological utopians and political radicals created experimental money to bring about their visions of the future: protecting privacy or bringing down governments, preparing for apocalypse or launching a civilization of innovation and abundance that would make its creators immortal. The incredible story of the pioneers of cryptocurrency takes us from autonomous zones on the high seas to the world’s most valuable dump, from bank runs to idea coupons, from time travelers in a San Francisco bar to the pattern securing every twenty-dollar bill, and from marketplaces for dangerous secrets to a tank of frozen heads awaiting revival in the far future. Along the way, Digital Cash explores the hard questions and challenges that these innovators faced: How do we learn to trust and use different kinds of money? What makes digital objects valuable? How does currency prove itself as real to us? What would it take to make a digital equivalent to cash, something that could be created but not forged, exchanged but not copied, and which reveals nothing about its users? Filled with marvelous characters, stories, and ideas, Digital Cash is an engaging and accessible account of the strange origins and remarkable technologies behind today’s cryptocurrency explosion.
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Cypherpunks

Bruce Schneier, John Gilmore, Cypherpunk, Ryan Lackey, Phil Zimmermann, Len Sassaman, Lance Cottrell, Julian Assange, Jim Bell, Mark Shut

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230493794

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Page: 30

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: Bruce Schneier, John Gilmore, Cypherpunk, Ryan Lackey, Phil Zimmermann, Len Sassaman, Lance Cottrell, Julian Assange, Jim Bell, Mark Shuttleworth, Duncan Campbell, Bram Cohen, Cryptome, Rop Gonggrijp, Sameer Parekh, Sean Hastings, Peter Gutmann, Ian Goldberg, Vipul Ved Prakash, Timothy C. May, Jude Milhon, Steven M. Bellovin, Matt Blaze, Peter Junger, Paul Kocher, Ivan Krsti, Adam Back, Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn, Peter Wayner, Phil Karn, Ben Laurie, Nikita Borisov, Hal Finney, Jon Callas, Matt Curtin, Eric Blossom, Brian LaMacchia. Excerpt: Julian Paul Assange (; born 3 July 1971) is an Australian publisher, journalist, computer programmer and Internet activist. He is the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. Assange was a hacker in his youth, before becoming a computer programmer. He has lived in several countries and has made public appearances in many parts of the world to speak about freedom of the press, censorship and investigative journalism. Assange serves on the WikiLeaks advisory board. WikiLeaks has published material about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Cote d'Ivoire, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer. In 2010, WikiLeaks published Iraq War documents and Afghan War documents about American involvement in the wars, some of which was classified material. On 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and its five international print media partners (Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and El Pais) began publishing U.S. diplomatic cables. Assange received a number of awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award for publishing material about extrajudicial killings in Kenya and...
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Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History

Author: Thomas Rid

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393286010

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 432

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"Dazzling.” —Financial Times As lives offline and online merge even more, it is easy to forget how we got here. Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, one of the twentieth century’s pivotal ideas. Springing from the mind of mathematician Norbert Wiener amid the devastation of World War II, the cybernetic vision underpinned a host of seductive myths about the future of machines. Cybernetics triggered blissful cults and military gizmos, the Whole Earth Catalog and the air force’s foray into virtual space, as well as crypto-anarchists fighting for internet freedom. In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources—including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies—to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.
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High Noon on the Electronic Frontier

Conceptual Issues in Cyberspace

Author: Peter Ludlow

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262621038

Category: Computers

Page: 536

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Collects essays discussing policy issues relating to digital communtication, including property rights, hacking, privacy, and freedom of speech
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PGP: Pretty Good Privacy

Author: Simson Garfinkel

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9781565920989

Category: Computers

Page: 393

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Use of the Internet is expanding beyond anyone's expectations. As corporations, government offices, and ordinary citizens begin to rely on the information highway to conduct business, they are realizing how important it is to protect their communications -- both to keep them a secret from prying eyes and to ensure that they are not altered during transmission. Encryption, which until recently was an esoteric field of interest only to spies, the military, and a few academics, provides a mechanism for doing this. PGP, which stands for Pretty Good Privacy, is a free and widely available encryption program that lets you protect files and electronic mail. Written by Phil Zimmermann and released in 1991, PGP works on virtually every platform and has become very popular both in the U.S. and abroad. Because it uses state-of-the-art public key cryptography, PGP can be used to authenticate messages, as well as keep them secret. With PGP, you can digitally "sign" a message when you send it. By checking the digital signature at the other end, the recipient can be sure that the message was not changed during transmission and that the message actually came from you. PGP offers a popular alternative to U.S. government initiatives like the Clipper Chip because, unlike Clipper, it does not allow the government or any other outside agency access to your secret keys. PGP: Pretty Good Privacy by Simson Garfinkel is both a readable technical user's guide and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at cryptography and privacy. Part I, "PGP Overview," introduces PGP and the cryptography that underlies it. Part II, "Cryptography History and Policy," describes the history of PGP -- its personalities, legal battles, and other intrigues; it also provides background on the battles over public key cryptography patents and the U.S. government export restrictions, and other aspects of the ongoing public debates about privacy and free speech. Part III, "Using PGP," describes how to use PGP: protecting files and email, creating and using keys, signing messages, certifying and distributing keys, and using key servers. Part IV, "Appendices," describes how to obtain PGP from Internet sites, how to install it on PCs, UNIX systems, and the Macintosh, and other background information. The book also contains a glossary, a bibliography, and a handy reference card that summarizes all of the PGP commands, environment variables, and configuration variables.
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Understanding Bitcoin

Cryptography, Engineering and Economics

Author: Pedro Franco

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119019141

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Discover Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has the finance worldbuzzing Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in financesince the advent of fiat currency. With UnderstandingBitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides financeprofessionals with a complete technical guide and resource to thecryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin andother cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible workfully explores the supporting economic realities and technologicaladvances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative argumentsfrom various economic schools regarding its continuedviability. This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description ofhow Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and movingon to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and miningtechnologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broaderperspective of digital currencies and explores historical attemptsat cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just adigital currency; it's a modern approach to the secure transfer ofvalue using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what itis, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the waydigital value changes hands. Understand how Bitcoin works, and the technology behind it Delve into the economics of Bitcoin, and its impact on thefinancial industry Discover alt-coins and other available cryptocurrencies Explore the ideas behind Bitcoin 2.0 technologies Learn transaction protocols, micropayment channels, atomiccross-chain trading, and more Bitcoin challenges the basic assumption under which the currentfinancial system rests: that currencies are issued by centralgovernments, and their supply is managed by central banks. To fullyunderstand this revolutionary technology, UnderstandingBitcoin is a uniquely complete, reader-friendly guide.
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