In the 90s the term Cypherpunk became commonly used to describe a movement of coders who wanted to change the world via privacy-tools like encryption. They fought against the US government’s war on encryption and won, and their legacy continues today as many of the most powerful tools we use for protecting privacy today were built by some of these early cypherpunks.

I chat to 2 OG and legendary cypherpunks, Zooko Wilcox and Michael Tiffany, about the early cypherpunk years, how times have changed, and which battles remain the same today.

00:00 Teaser
00:58 Intro
01:36 How I got into tech and privacy
04:30 Havenco and Sealand
10:29 Early work
30:00 Cypherpunk mailing list
41:20 Surveillance and Culture
48:41 9/11
01:06:20 Surveillance capitalism
01:19:38 Financial censorship & bitcoin
01:35:52 Government & Finance = Zero Sum

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Recommended Books:

Permanent Record – Edward Snowden

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald

What has the government done to our money – Rothbard

Naomi’s Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy!

Use the Brave browser!

USB-C to ethernet adapter:

Lightening to ethernet adapter:

Faraday bag (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, computer, and phone)

Data Blocker (if you’re charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred)

Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe! Choose the size right for your computer)

Phone privacy screen (don’t let people in public see your private data, choose the size for your phone)

Camera cover (for computers and phones, so no one can access your camera without you knowing)

Privacy Tip: Turn off your wifi and bluetooth when you’re not using them!!! (or don’t use them at all)