Now Slur and its proposed secure system of selling secrets for money on a mass scale looks to be ethically and morally wrong on its face and of course ends don’t justify means because means are ends in themselves. But the aim of Slur and its clever marketing (“you’re gonna hate this”) seems to be to kick things off initially by having psychopathy undermine psychopathy. It weakens systems built by psychopaths to make life easier for themselves and other psychopaths. Those who behave in psychopathic ways are basically sold the rope that they end up being hung by. It is using money to undermine the power of money or turn down the volume on its political voice in a kind of money based bootstrapping process.
Transparency is the way we as a society take responsibility for watching the watchers and making sure those who seek to erode our privacy and use it against us are not able to do so. True organizational transparency is potentially the end to the dirty hand and the end of endless blackmail and even a means to more honest elections. The only way to preserve useful voluntary personal privacy may well be to end organizational secrecy outright and thereby end the tyrannical rule of money. It offers the possibility of ending patronage and the pervasive censorship that is sponsorship. If we are not aware of a problem how are we supposed to do anything about it and if we don’t who will?
Thanks to @jreighley for pointing out the existence of this justifiably terrifying effort. Should it be on SAFE. Will it be? Selling secrets is wrong, no question but that market would apparently lose its luster after a time and the anonymous restored voices of people coming forward to address gross injustice would presumably take over after a time. Note that if SAFE is “Secure Access for Everyone” the last ditch effort of corruption to criminalize the point of end user access would be denied- and they presently attempt this under idiotic data trespass laws- even just stumbling upon forbidden data under the privacy and information act is an offense- such is the length idiocy has gone to conflate the liberty of privacy with the tyranny of organizational secrecy.
We can have an internet that unlocks the promise of human potential or one that stunts it by being subverted to the task of keeping in place power in power. There is no middle ground.