I think we can call agree here that in one way or another all of us support privacy, security, anonymity and freedom.
Yet we have seen the ugly sides of anonymity such as terrorism and pedophilia to name just a few and these topics will forever be used by cynics and haters in defense of public webs and in argument against anonymous, private and secure networks.
We have seen this used against Bitcoin and Tor with Tor copping the brunt of it and for good reason.
My argument to this has always been that just because I can close a door or shut a window does not mean I will commit a crime and even if I do, well, then, I have committed a crime and that of course would necessitate good old fashioned police work regardless of where that crime happened and what tools were used to disguise it.
I still believe this, of course I do.
However. I think something more is necessary if SAFE is to become the gargantuan we envision it becoming.
Here is what I think and I’m thinking loudly here, after a a few wines.
When I think of this topic. I think of my friend and colleague. Lets call him Peter.
Peter is average Joe and is not that interested in topics about technology, privacy, networks etc. He just wants to live his life and get along.
Peter is a good guy so when Peter hears that drug smugglers, terrorists and pedophile might operate using bitcoins on conversing on networks such as Tor his opinion is that these things should not exist because people, children especially can get hurt and that the risk far outweighs the benefit. Like I said, Peter is a good guy.
Well when thinking about this topic I think about Peter. Because Peter who would normally have no opinion on something like SAFE net all of a sudden does and he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t need to understand it. He just needs to know that it allows for a certain level of anonymity and that could attract some unscrupulous people and that he does not like one bit.
How do we win Peter over?
This is what I have been pondering.
Well I think I may have a solution because you see good guy Peter loves himself a story about a bad guy getting caught and in fact even fancies himself a bit of a couch detective when it comes to crime shows.
Peter loves watching and hearing about crooks getting caught and more than that he likes to know there are good guys like him out there making the world a better place if even just from their couches.
I think this is what SAFE needs. SAFE needs all of the good guys to stand up, the community to come together before this thing even goes live and to state loudly and boldly that we will not accept nor tolerate despicable crimes or acts on this network. We will not tolerate pedophilia and terrorism especially and we will not stand for it. We don’t want this on our network and to let the terrorists and pedophiles know that they are not safe on our network. We are watching and we are waiting.
We could even go a step further and create some sort of defense league. A SAFE citizens watch and report program that is open and completely transparent. We monitor the forums, we search the network and we hunt the vile scum that will no doubt try to exploit the networks benefits.
This way when guys like Peter hear about SAFE net they hear about this fantastic new and anonymous network but one in which good people are safe but criminals are not. And maybe Peter even hears about SAFE net for the first time from one of these related stories "Online Vigilante Group Aids Police In 4th Pedophile Arrest"
This is a win/win for all involved I think. I personally pledge to do this with or without the backing of others and not just because I think it’s good for the network but because I am a decent person and I hate evil.
What do others think?