1 min readSep 2, 2022


Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.

Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy.

A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know.

Cypherpunks: #privacy + #cryptography

The Cypherpunk philosophy revolves around advocating for the widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies to bring about social and political change. This philosophy emphasizes defending personal privacy, individual freedom, and promoting institutional transparency in the digital age.

Eric Hughes: Cypherpunk Mailing List co-founder. A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

Timothy C. May: Cypherpunk Mailing List co-founder. The Cyphernomicon . Literature +

John Gilmore: Cypherpunk Mailing List co-founder. Electronic Frontier Foundation

Hal Finney: RPOW — Reusable Proofs of Work

Philip R. Zimmermann: PGP Encryption

David Chaum: DigiCash. Literature +

Nick Szabo: Bit Gold

Wei Dai: b-money

Adam Back: Hashcash

Julian Assange: Wikileaks. State and Terrorist Conspiracies & Conspiracy as Governance

Satoshi Nakamoto: Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

Amir Taaki: The libbitcoin Manifesto




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