Freedom in an Internet Age

As we all now know, the Internet is one big surveillance machine. Whether it is for advertising or spooks, we are all data subjects. Welcome to the modern Panopticon.

How did we get here? What are the implications and possible solutions?

If you’ve got the interest and patience, watch this BBC’s Horizon episode Inside The Dark Web. Well worth an hour of your time.

However, to be fair, the undiluted praise for Tor needs to be tempered by the questions raised about its ongoing association with the US Government and the subsequent alleged smear campaign.

It also doesn’t consider how dark web sites continue to be shut down, both Silk Road 2.0 and 26 other dark sites. The FBI has shown itself to be quite capable of penetrating the dark web. The trade-off between anonymity and security isn’t quite what’s portrayed.

What’s spot on is that crypto is going to be an essential part of freedom in the Internet Age. The maths works.

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