Re: [dev] Internet privacy/decentralisation projects

From: Markus Teich <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:25:47 +0100

hiro wrote:
> try with a small group of people first that actually has a need for privacy.


in the special case where this privacy is to be achieved not with encryption,
authentication and authorization (to limit the number of entities who are
allowed to learn the secret which should be protected), but with an
anonymity/pseudonymity system (where actions are not attributable to the actors
identity), be aware that it is not a good idea to use this system only if you
need it. It would be too easy for third parties to filter all the users of the
system out and assume everyone of them has something to hide. An anonymity
system needs users who don't actually have a reason to use it. This is why the
NSA or other investigation agencies don't have their own anonymity system to spy
on their targets (they could be blocked relatively easily), but also use the
more widespread systems like Tor. If you want to know more, research "cover
traffic" and "anonymity set size".

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