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Cypherpunkd Episode 038: “Voucher-Safe P2P Digital Cash – Problems it Solves, Problems it does Not” – Justin of Voucher-Safe

Posted May 25th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Justin from Voucher-Safe is back to discuss some Problems that Voucher-Safe is out to Solve, and some things that it has no interest in solving, namely the “better money” problem. Listen in to hear what Justin has to say about this. Also discussed are some early history of pre-internet days when the feds cracked down on an early barter network that exchanged warehouse receipts… Interesting stories…

Some more details on how Voucher-Safe has many layers with Zero-Knowledge like interactions. You can’t give up, what you don’t know. You don’t need to know, what is not necessary to know.

Justin also discusses his positive feelings about what a system like Voucher-Safe can do for Bitcoin, referencing the recent show with Mike Gogulski on Bitcoin laundry systems, and all remailer type mixing of transactions. How Voucher-Safe can fit right in with bringing many things to the Digital Cash/Value Transfer System talbles that Bitcoin by itself does not solve.

We then get into the XMPP infrastructure that Voucher-Safe uses for inter system communications and client comms with users. Interesting setup, we discuss how some elements of Voucher-Safe can be run on Low Trust Servers with an economic incentive for those that run them. We also talk about some “best practices” for RPC/Request-Response calls over XMPP, he talks about existing solutions and things like timeouts, queues, and callback ids can be used. First half non-tech, second half heavy tech. As a whole Good Stuff. main website. Screencasts, Download the Software…
Voucher-Safe Community / Developer Site
Voucher-Safe System Architecture
Openfire XMPP/Jabber Server
Spark XMPP Client
Smack XMPP API/Library

  1. Transisto says:

    I really enjoy listening to your show, I have a long way to go but I’ll listen to them all.

    I am surprised there not much comment here yet.

    I REALLY hope you can fix all of your technical difficulties in the upcoming shows.

    In the recording of this emission the host is ~10x quieter than the guess, Meaning I don’t hear anything you say and the breath of the host is much louder than your voice.


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Cypherpunkd Episode 037: “Digital Cash and the Regulators” – J. Orlin Grabbe

Posted May 24th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Another piece from J. Orlin Grabbe on Digital Cash and the Regulators. Seigniorage, or Digital Cash issued by banks are actually Interest Free Loans to the Bank Issuers from the Cash holders? Interesting topics covered, and most issues still relevant today. One thing for sure, you don’t want to do this stuff in the USA.

Original Essay: “Digital Cash and the Regulators” by J. Orlin Grabbe

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Cypherpunkd Episode 036: “MondoNet” – A Global Decentralized, Ad-Hoc, Wireless, P2P Mesh Network – Aram Sinnreich

Posted May 23rd, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Aram Sinnreich from the MondoNet Project joins us to remind us of the words of John Lennon: “Imagine no Centralized ISP’s and Government Controlled Internet, Imagine All the People living in P2P Communications Liberty”. Well those are not Arams words, but if you are not aware of projects such as this, you are in for a treat. This is not your average Darknet that sits on top of the existing internet. This is an Alternate Internet, P2P, Device to Device. Agorist Style… Enjoy the Show.


Although the Internet is highly decentralized in its communication and social patterns, its technical and regulatory foundations are extremely hierarchical, due to centralized control by organizations like ICANN and the oligopolistic ownership of the access business by a handful of broadband ISPs and wireless carriers (Wu, 2010). As a result of this centralization, digital communications are compromised by a degree of surveillance and censorship that would be unthinkable in traditional social arenas, threatening our cyberliberties and “e-speech” rights (Sinnreich & Zager, 2008). Seemingly disparate issues like network neutrality, intellectual property treaties and national security measures, taken in combination, threaten to produce a communications environment in which innovation is stifled and normative cultural behaviors are criminalized and punished by censorship, fines and/or imprisonment. One potential solution to this problem would be to create a new communications platform based on existing Internet protocols, but with a decentralized infrastructure free of the bottlenecks and chokepoints that plague the current system. Specifically, this new infrastructure would use mesh networking technologies to produce a stable, ad hoc global wireless network in which each peer is a router, server and client combined, and in which no single state or organization can effectively censor or surveil the population on a massive scale.

MondoNet Product Description PDF

AmbientTalk is an experimental object-oriented distributed programming language developed at the Programming Technology Laboratory at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. The language is primarily targeted at writing programs deployed in mobile ad hoc networks.

Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D.

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Cypherpunkd Episode 035: “Bitcoin Mania: Part 3″ – The Bitcoin Laundry and “Remailer” Systems and the Basics of Pooled Mining – Mike Gogulski

Posted May 20th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

A great show with Mike Gogulski a stateless ex-American, living in Bratislava, Slovakia. We cover his websites, and projects. Then get into Bitcoin. The network, what is going on, his Laundry systems, the basic one, then the new that can blast coins out to multiple recipients with time delays, leaning toward a “Remailer” like system. We cover his new mining work, mining Pools and how you actually have a chance at mining in a Pool rather than going cowboy. Fascinating show, highly recommended.

mike @
Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange

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Cypherpunkd Episode 034: “Untraceable Digital Cash, Information Markets and Blacknet” – Timothy C. May

Posted May 19th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Another Cypherpunk classic by Tim May. One of the most important points:
“No Middle Ground”. “Digital Cash IS Speech”

Untraceable Digital Cash, Information Markets and Blacknet”
Timothy C. May

1. Introduction 2. Anonymous Digital Cash 3. Is Digital Cash Really Coming?
4. The Technology is Here 5. “Anyone a Mint” 6. Implications of Anyone Becoming a Mint 7. Applications at the “Margins” 8. Information Markets as an Example 9. The BlackNet Experiment 10. Espionage as an Information Market 11. Can Digital Cash be Banned? 12. No Middle Ground 13. Effects on Taxation 14. Crypto Armageddon: The Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse 15. The Price of Digital Cash

Original: Untraceable Digital Cash, Information Markets, and BlackNet

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Cypherpunkd Episode 033: “Why You Should Never Talk to Police” – James Duane

Posted May 19th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Submitting whistle-blowing documents to a Wiki/OpenLeaks site? Running an Agorist business selling raw milk against the wishes of a Terrorcrat 3K km away? Providing weed to a medical marijuana patient with cancer? It’s doubtfull you have not broken some law within the past few days, or week. As the world heads faster into Totalitarianism be prepared to deal with some of the Jackboots. Keep your mouth shut. “Nobody Talks, Everybody Walks”:

“Mr. James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and a former defense attorney, tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police. Followed up by an experienced police officer tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.”

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Cypherpunkd Episode 032: “The World Financial Police Attack Anonymity” – J. Orlin Grabbe

Posted May 17th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Orlin: “The world financial police are determined to eliminate all opportunity for individual financial privacy and anonymity. Their coordinated efforts to make possible the tracking of every financial transaction represent a direct fascistic attack on human freedom. And there is nothing secret about what they are doing. Their campaign is as overt as the war on drugs, and as well-funded as next year’s intelligence budget. New legislative proposals to make their political efforts “the law,” to expand their intrusive powers, and to criminalize their critics, pour off the assembly line daily.

Call their goal the Global Financial Jackboot. The jackboot’s construction proceeds according to a fairly detailed blueprint. Maybe you should take a look.”

Original Essay: The World Financial Police Attack Anonymity
Orlin’s Homepage

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Cypherpunkd Episode 031: “The Internet and the End of Monetary Sovereignty” – Bill Frezza

Posted May 17th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Bill Frezza: “Perhaps, for the first time, sovereign individuals will have the tools to construct a practical realization of laissez-faire capitalism without having to resort to a problematic social contract with an all-powerful state to create the conditions necessary to sustain a stable political economy. At the root of this system will be new monetary institutions that must inherently rest on the consent of the participants.

Cyberspace, which promises to shield individuals from the ravages of coercive force and allow them to conduct their affairs in secure anonymity, will bring forth a burst of creative human genius not seen since the last time a new world was discovered.”

The Future of Money in the Information Age: Chapter 4: The Internet and the End of Monetary Sovereignty

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Cypherpunkd Episode 030: “Out of Africa: Jim Davidson’s Adventures in Somalia” – Tales of Business, Culture, Law, War and Clans – Jim Davidson

Posted May 14th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Jim Davidson of is back for another ACE episode. The title of the episode says it all. Listen, ponder, enjoy.

Jim Recommends a great book by his late friend Michael van Notten:
The Law of the Somalis: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa, was published by the Red Sea Press, Inc. in 2005.

Many related mentions in this book via search.

Great list of Related Info, Links, Resources

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Cypherpunkd Episode 029: “Inflation and The Fall of the Roman Empire” – Money, Gold, Silver, Taxes, Inflation, Debasement and Tyranny – Lecture by Professor Joseph Peden

Posted May 14th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

This is a lecture by Prof. Joseph Peden called “Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire” given at the Seminar on Money and Government in Houston, Texas on October 27, 1984. The original audio recording is available courtesy of the Mises Institute. I have commissioned this transcript in the hope that you may find it as interesting and educational as I did. Kudos to Joshua Griffith for bringing this talk to my attention.

Mises Transcript

  1. Juno Moneta says:

    Peden neglects to mention a major contributor to Rome’s economic demise-its massive balance of trade deficit with the Far East. It seems their trade partners saw little in Rome’s products they desired and so demanded to be paid only in gold (bullion if they were smart). Just two hundred years after Julius Caesar shocked the Roman elite by wearing royal purple silk outfits every time he was in public a massive amount of Rome’s treasury had been substantially drained.

    The death knell sounded with the closing of its last gold mines in what are now Wales and Spain in the 5th century. Soon after they were unable to meet payroll of the armies and collapse soon followed.