Cypherpunks (book)

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Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet is a 2012 book by Julian Assange, in discussion with Internet activists and cypherpunks Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann. Its primary topic is society's relationship with information security. In the book, the authors warn that the Internet has become a tool of the police state, and that the world is inadvertently heading toward a form of totalitarianism. They promote the use of cryptography to protect against state surveillance. He told Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead: Assange later wrote in The Guardian: "Strong cryptography is a vital tool in fighting state oppression." saying that was the message of his book, Cypherpunks.

Cypherpunks is published by OR Books. Its content derives from discussions in June 2012 with Appelbaum, Müller-Maguhn and Zimmermann on Assange's TV show World Tomorrow.

Topics by chapter[edit]

  • Increased communication versus increased surveillance
  • The militarization of cyberspace
  • Fighting total surveillance with the laws of man
  • Private sector spying
  • Fighting total surveillance with the laws of physics
  • The Internet and politics
  • The Internet and economics
  • Censorship
  • Privacy for the weak, transparency for the powerful
  • Rats in the opera house

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