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Recently Snowden was awarded the Thomas Szasz Award from the Center for Independent Thought, which was presented to him by my boss John Stossel. During the call I was able to ask Snowden about Bitcoin and the need for anonymous digital payments.
Bitcoin played an important role in the 2013 Snowden leaks: the servers that Snowden used to transfer information to journalists were paid for using bitcoin, because he didn’t want those records connected to his name.
Snowden explained to me that Bitcoin is superior to credit cards, because it’s at least pseudonymous. But steps need to be taken to add privacy.
He once tweeted: “Bitcoin is great, but “if it’s not private, it’s not safe,”” and he said that Zcash’s privacy tech makes it the most interesting Bitcoin alternative.
I asked him about all of this when we spoke.
Watch Stossel’s full interview with Snowden here:
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Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald
What has the government done to our money – Rothbard
Naomi’s Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy!
Use the Brave browser! https://brave.com/nao076
USB-C to ethernet adapter:
Lightening to ethernet adapter:
Faraday bag wallet (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, and phone)
Data Blocker (if you’re charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred)
Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe!)
Phone privacy screen (don’t let people in public see your private data)
Camera cover (for computers and phones, so no one can access your camera without you knowing)
Privacy Tip: Don’t use wifi, and if you must, append the tag ‘_nomap’ or ‘_optout’ to your SSID to stop other websites tracking your location.
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