Re: Fw: THOUGHTS ON “A CYPHERPUNK’S MANIFESTO”
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THOUGHTS ON “A CYPHERPUNK’S MANIFESTO”, PART 9
By Bas Wisselink
January 6, 2020
2 Min read
In Articles, Cypherpunk Texts
For privacy to be widespread it must be part of a social contract.
People must come and together deploy these systems for the common
good. Privacy only extends so far as the cooperation of one’s fellows
in society. We the Cypherpunks seek your questions and your concerns
and hope we may engage you so that we do not deceive ourselves. We
will not, however, be moved out of our course because some may
disagree with our goals.
The Cypherpunks are actively engaged in making the networks safer for
privacy. Let us proceed together apace.
The most important point of this manifesto is this: privacy is broken
as soon as one link is broken.
As stated in earlier articles, you yourself might be extremely careful
of your private business.
If you, however, share your data with someone less careful or adept,
there is an increasing chance of your data being compromised anyway.
This might be voluntary or involuntary, the end results are the same:
your data is compromised.
This realisation (again, and I will keep hammering this home: this is
an observation from 1993!!) has some large consequences: if you are
not careful about your own data, you might very well end up
compromising someone else’s.
As outlined in this recent article, it might lead to a suppression in
dissident thought and experimentation, a commoditisation of data and a
normalisation of manipulation via data.
I would put that a lot stronger and state that at this point we are
The misuse of social media data in elections is a fact.
The cost of being truly private has reached a level where it is
unattainable by the overwhelming majority, as documented in this talk
by Jameson Lopp.
These two are well-documented.
As stated in the Manifesto: privacy is part of a social contract. It
stands or falls by promoting and enabling it to be attainable by a
majority. The first step to this is to be aware that there is
something big at stake. It is not trivial, even when you don’t notice
As with vaccines, you yourself might not get ill, but you are
protecting everyone else around you by being careful with your data.
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