Published on March 9, 2014
March 9, 2014 The darknet emerges hugeinc.com email@example.com 45 Main St. #220 Brooklyn, NY 11201 +1 718 625 4843
Darknet: The spaces and technologies used avoid personal identification on the internet.
Components of the current darknet • Tor / Onion routing • VPNs of all types • PGP and encryption: Email, chat, whole disk, etc. • Bitcoin et al: pseudonymous crypto-currencies • Secure hardware environments: Linux and open source software, non Intel / AMD processors • Encrypted, distributed virtual hosting (think Pirate Bay) • Generally speaking: Distributed, P2P, non-centralized software infrastructure • Real-world OpSec: Keeping quiet
The Darknet in the news. • Drugs (Silk Road) • Wikileaks • Anonymous / Hacktivism • Civil disobedience • Murder / extortion for hire • Weapons • Personal / private information • Software, botnet, or exploit marketplaces
So why would anybody want to be there?
“A mill for grinding rouges honest” -Jeremy Bentham
The decline of physical privacy.
Generally speaking decent people.
The opportunities for abuse of the panopticon are immense.
“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -‐Lord Acton, 1887
Trading on personal information.
Exposure of unpopular / private beliefs or activities.
As ‘real world’ privacy disappears, digital privacy will grow.
The birth of digital schizophrenia.
End-to-end encryption is just an app away.
Commercializing privacy. • Silent Circle • Anonyme • Snapchat • Secret • Meshnet hardware / software • Anonymous local area networks
Emerging darknet capabilities. • Distributed platforms to enable contracts between anonymous SecDents • Anonymous multi-signature escrow accounts to allow for bonded transactions • SecDent ownership of real-world assets • Anonymous, multi-hop delivery services and dropboxes
• Encrypted communications • Secure computing environment • Bitcoin wallets • Whole-disk encryption • SecDents / handles • Low-risk political and social speech
"The Personal is Political” -Carol Hanisch
Defense of critical institutions and democratic processes will require adoption of darknet elements.
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