Smuggler: A Cryptoanarchists View on Bitcoin, Democracy, Dark Nets and Privacy


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The Bitcoin & Co. podcast is a bitcoin-only show that’s focusing on the why of Bitcoin. Why is it important for humanity, what are the implications from a privacy perspective, how are we able to grow this space together, what are the visions of the people who drive the Bitcoin space. I want to look behind the scenes and take you with me on this journey.

Sometimes my guests are rather critical about bitcoin, which I think, is a good thing. Bitcoiners tend to be full of hopium and forget to look for possible downsides. But only with critical thinking, things can be improved. Todays guest is Smuggler, a cryptoanarchist I met at the Hackers Congress in Prague. We had a wide ranging conversation about cryptoanarchy, privacy, technology and democracy and he shares some – at least in the Bitcoin space – unpopular opinions about Bitcoin. He also shares some methods to escape mass surveillance on your phone and computer. I think it is a great conversation, which is why it is longer than usual.

“Cryptography is better for honest people, than for dishonest people.” – Smuggler

“Decisions should be made where the highest effect is to be felt.” – Smuggler

We talk about:

  • Nation States, corporations, politicians and power
  • Cryptography and dangers of technology
  • His vision of the future
  • Alternatives to the state and the market
  • Bitcoin governance
  • Where Bitcoin sucks
  • Scrit Cash
  • Privacy and mass surveillance
  • Pseudonomous societies
  • Dark nets and the dark web
  • Anonymity and civility
  • How to be not mass surveillanced
  • IP intelligence

Thanks to Paralelni Polis for the picture of Smuggler.

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Recording Date: October 6, 2019
Location: Hackers Congress, Prague

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