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What Does Cryptoanarchism Mean?

Cryptoanarchism is an ideology that espouses the use of cryptography to maintain freedom of speech and prevent government control and regulation of the Internet. The increasing sophistication of cryptographic methods is making it possible for people to communicate over the Internet in a way that is anonymous, untraceable and tamper proof.


This movement is often associated with cypherpunks, who view privacy as a good thing and wish there was more of it. Governments tend to object to totally anonymous interactions online because they can be used by drug dealers, tax evader and those who may pose a threat to national security.

Techopedia Explains Cryptoanarchism

Bitcoin, an emerging digital currency that can be traded and used anonymously, is one type of technology that gets strong support from cryptoanarchists. Some people just want to buy things – whether illegal or not – without the risk of being identified. Others see freeing currency from government control as a form of liberation from a traditional financial system they view as being unfair or potentially unreliable.

Some of the technologies that enable a move toward cryptoanarchism include:

  • High-speed networks
  • Integrated services digital networks (ISDN)
  • Tamper-proof boxes
  • Smart cards
  • Satellites
  • Ku-band transmitters
  • Multi-MIPS personal computers
  • Encryption chips

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Margaret jest nagradzaną technical writerką, nauczycielką i wykładowczynią. Jest znana z tego, że potrafi w prostych słowach pzybliżyć złożone pojęcia techniczne słuchaczom ze świata biznesu. Od dwudziestu lat jej definicje pojęć z dziedziny IT są publikowane przez Que w encyklopedii terminów technologicznych, a także cytowane w artykułach ukazujących się w New York Times, w magazynie Time, USA Today, ZDNet, a także w magazynach PC i Discovery. Margaret dołączyła do zespołu Techopedii w roku 2011. Margaret lubi pomagać znaleźć wspólny język specjalistom ze świata biznesu i IT. W swojej pracy, jak sama mówi, buduje mosty między tymi dwiema domenami, w ten…