Cypherpunks is broken - Welcome to Secret Admirers
Trent Secret Admirers
Thu Oct 29 08:41:00 PDT 2015
TL;DR, apply here: http://oestla3j22reypzj.onion/account/index/applyform
It's been more than 20 years since the the Cypherpunk's manifesto was
published and we believe it's more important today than it was back
And like the manifesto, we believe in action more than in talk.
Just as software and hardware can be developed for surveillance
so can it be for better privacy and a truly free cyberspace. Technology
itself is neutral, we choose what to build with it. The reason so little
has been achieved lately is because we lost track of a fundamental point
from the manifesto:
Cypherpunks write code. We know that someone has to write software
defend privacy, and since we can't get privacy unless we all do,
we're going to write it. We publish our code so that our fellow
Cypherpunks may practice and play with it. Our code is free for all
to use, worldwide. We don't much care if you don't approve of the
software we write.
It seems that the original Cypherpunks mailing list degraded into a
debating society and very little new code is written. The
ratio has become abysmal. Intellectual masturbation won't give us more
privacy - deployed code does.
Towards that end we founded the Secret Admirers. This is what we offer -
for members only:
- The Secret Admirers mailing list (only reachable via Tor).
- The Secret Admirers mailing list archive.
- Mail account on the Secret Admirers server to communicate with the
mailing list and other members (IMAP).
- Git repository hosting (with read access for all member
- Members can edit a user file on the server (for example, to
their public PGP key).
Secret Admirers Rules
- Secret Admirers is a community of doers. To be a member, you have
code/maintain privacy enhancing software and/or be the admin of
privacy enhancing systems/services. This includes digital OPSEC
and open-source hardware which is privacy/security related.
- To become a full member of Secret Admirers you have to go through
application process (see below).
- The existing full members will vote to decide if an applicant
a full member.
- For all software and systems we design the following holds true:
more privacy it provides the better. This usually implies that
cryptography is used as well.
- Discussions on the Secret Admirers mailing list should be in
Cypherpunk... how to build better systems. Members are expected to
communicate in a civilized manner and try to maintain a high
- Software written by our members in the context of Secret Admirers
freely available to all other members.
- Only the original author may make the source code available to the
general public. Members never release source code written and
unreleased by other members.
- A full member can bring up to two followers to Secret Admirers.
- Followers get the same benefits as full members except voting
and bringing in followers.
- Followers can apply for full membership under the same rules as
- Full members have to maintain the conditions of their application.
That is, they keep working on/maintaining privacy related software
systems. If members stop being productive they risk loosing their
- Members who do not follow the rules will be ejected. If a full
is ejected his followers will be ejected with him.
How to apply for Secret Admirers
For your Secret Admirers application we need:
- A way to contact you (encrypted).
- Your desired pseudonym on Secret Admirers.
- A description of your working software project/system. If the
code/system is already public we will request proof of control
- If you want to make the code only available to Secret Admirers we
upfront to be able to review your application.
Apply here: http://oestla3j22reypzj.onion/account/index/applyform
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