THE CYPHERNOMICON: Cypherpunks FAQ and More, Version 0.666,1994-09-10, Copyright Timothy C. May. All rights reserved.See the detailed disclaimer. Use short sections under "fairuse" provisions, with appropriate credit, but don't put yourname on my words.
2.2 - SUMMARY: MFAQ--Most Frequently Asked Questions
2.2.1. Main Points- These are the main questions that keep coming up. Notnecessarily the most basic question, just the ones that getasked a lot. What most FAQs are.2.2.2. Connections to Other Sections2.2.3. Where to Find Additional Information- newcomers to crypto should buy Bruce Schneier's "AppliedCryptography"...it will save many hours worth ofunnecessary questions and clueless remarks aboutcryptography.- the various FAQs publishe in the newsroups (like sci.crypt,alt.security.pgp) are very helpful. (also at rtfm.mit.edu)2.2.4. Miscellaneous Comments- I wasn't sure what to include here in the MFAQ--perhapspeople can make suggestions of other things to include.- My advice is that if something interests you, use yourediting/searching tools to find the same topic in the mainsection. Usually (but not always) there's more material inthe main chapters than here in the MFAQ.
2.3 - "What's the 'Big Picture'?"
2.3.1. Strong crypto is here. It is widely available.2.3.2. It implies many changes in the way the world works. Privatechannels between parties who have never met and who neverwill meet are possible. Totally anonymous, unlinkable,untraceable communications and exchanges are possible.2.3.3. Transactions can only be *voluntary*, since the parties areuntraceable and unknown and can withdraw at any time. Thishas profound implications for the conventional approach ofusing the threat of force, directed against parties bygovernments or by others. In particular, threats of forcewill fail.2.3.4. What emerges from this is unclear, but I think it will be aform of anarcho-capitalist market system I call "cryptoanarchy." (Voluntary communications only, with no thirdparties butting in.)
2.4 - Organizational
2.4.1. "How do I get on--and off--the Cypherpunks list?"- Send a message to "email@example.com"- Any auto-processed commands?- don't send requests to the list as a whole....this willmark you as "clueless"2.4.2. "Why does the Cypherpunks list sometimes go down, or lose thesubscription list?"- The host machine, toad.com, owned by John Gilmore, has hadthe usual problems such machines have: overloading,shortages of disk space, software upgrades, etc. HughDaniel has done an admirable job of keeping it in good
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