Just read the Guardian article. David was quoted saying “We can’t stop the network if we start it.”
Total tinfoil hat speculation here (but who doesn’t love a little conspiracy theory chatter) but assuming there are powerful actors who benefit from the current status quo - the launch of the safenet would, if the network achieves its goals, have a negative impact on those powerful actors.
Is there any fear/precautions against prelaunch sabotage? With everyone yelling lately about needing to make the public more aware of the project before it’s finished, it seems like it’s also an invitation for attention by malicious actors.