Earlier this year, Julian Assange interviewed three "Cypherpunks" on "The World Tomorrow", his controversial talk show. Now, in cooperation with his three co-authors, he is publishing a book.
The 192-page book, written together with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann, is based on the transcripts of the talk show, but also incorporates many ideas that remained behind the scenes.
The book covers what Cypherpunks believe to be the solution to the problems of privacy and freedom, especially on the Internet.
Assange told the New York Times, “In March 2012 I gathered together three of today’s leading cypherpunks to discuss the resistance,” referring to the 8th episode of The World Tomorrow talk show aired by RT.
“Two of them, besides myself, have been targeted by law enforcement agencies as a result of their work to safeguard privacy and to keep governments accountable. Their words, and their stories, need to be heard.”
While discussing the problems of online communication, privacy and freedom on the Internet, the three Cypherpunks shared their stories of a movement which originated from the Cypherpunks’ Electronic Mailing List, set up by activists. The aim of the mailing list was to improve Internet privacy and security through the proactive use of cryptography.
This movement has been active since the late 1980's, and WikiLeaks is one of many projects that have emanated from Cypherpunks.
CYPHERPUNKS Freedom and the Future of the Internet
Details of the three co-authors are as follows:
Andy Müller-Maguhn, a member of the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club.
Jérémie Zimmermann, a co-founder of the Paris-based group La Quadrature du Net, which advocates the free circulation of knowledge in the Internet.
Jacob Appelbaum, a US independent computer security researcher and activist currently involved in the Tor Project designing an online anonymity system.
The book will be published by OR Books and is scheduled for release on November 26 in both paperback and e-book format.
Below are the uncut versions of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Cypherpunks interview.
Part 1:Part 2:
Shorter, edited versions can be viewed here and here.