Archive for category Opinion

Date: October 7th, 2013
Cate: Dossiers, Frontpage, Opinion
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Tracking the Silk Road – Lessons for darknet services

On Oct 2nd 2013, a person was arrested in San Francisco (CA USA) who allegedly operated the darknet marketplace website “The Silk Road”. Shortly after, the Silk Road went offline.

Within minutes discussions on the Internet sprung up with thousands of people trying to cope with their loss, trying to make sense of what happened. Several “official” documents (a criminal complaint and an indictment) were released shortly after which, in turn, lead to commentators rushing to explain what stupid mistakes DPR – the Silk Road operator – had committed. Now, after a few days have passed, I’d like to give analysis a try myself.

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Date: November 14th, 2012
Cate: Frontpage, Opinion

Spying on Petraeus, or how emails quickly become incriminating evidence [Updated 2012-11-15]

The current story of Gen. PETRAEUS and his affair BROADWELL shines a light at the possibilities of digital surveillance and tracing of crumbs of information. It can serve as an example and a warning against insufficient digital tradecraft. Though news reports about the exact order and nature of the events are imprecise, unreliable and contradictory, we are trying to put them together into a plausible series of events and give some background on techniques that were, or might have been, used to intrude on the privacy of both BROADWELL and PETRAEUS.
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Date: November 7th, 2012
Cate: Frontpage, Opinion
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Necessary conditions for the long-term success of Bitcoin

In this article I present my answer to the the question: What does Bitcoin need to succeed in the long-run? Before we consider the question, let’s put Bitcoin into the wider context of the counter-economy.

The Counter-Economy

The counter-economy (a.k.a. the informal economy) in general is all economic activity which is not fully regulated, taxed, or controlled by the state. In its simplest form it is a Lemonade stand which operates without a license, it partly includes a mom-and-pop store which optimizes its taxes by running some of its business off the books, and in the dark corners of it you can find completely separate market places like Silk Road.

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Date: November 5th, 2012
Cate: Concepts, Opinion

The Treasure which is Privacy

The Philosophy of Privacy Extremism emphasizes that privacy should be maintained in all situations; that if in question, privacy should be given preference, unless sufficient arguments to the contrary apply to the specific  situation.
Privacy serves as a necessary condition for engaging in meaningful and truthful interpersonal relationships.
Furthermore privacy is a necessary condition under which a person can develop a self and embrace individual responsibility for decisions and actions that result from them.
A denial of privacy to the contrary establishes and maintains a lack and loss of esteem, respect and value in and for things and other persons.
Privacy should therefor be the strong standard for personal behavior, normative for those that thrive towards personal human positive development.
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Date: November 5th, 2012
Cate: Concepts, Frontpage, Opinion

Global Spying: Realistic Probabilities In Modern Signals Intelligence

A paper on the probabilities of global internet surviellance, presented in 2010 at the Defcon conference in Las Vegas, proving to be close to what becomes common knowledge today.

In this article, we will present insight to the realistic possibilities of Internet mass surveillance. When talking about the threat of Internet surveillance, the common argument is that there is so much traffic that any one conversation or email won’t be picked up unless  there is reason to suspect those concerned; it is impossible that “they” can listen to us all.

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Date: November 5th, 2012
Cate: Frontpage, Opinion

Bitcoin Conference 2012 London – Slides

The slides for Frank Braun’s talk on the need of OTC exchangers for the Bitcoin economy can be found here:
Bitcoin OTC