I’m thinking David has hit this on the head.
If any technology can be exploited so as to provide an anonymous marketplace for highly profitable criminal enterprises, then it’s going to merit consideration.
If that technology has been carefully and robustly developed, it will gain significant attention.
If that tech is as anonymous, or more anonymous, than Tor, then it’ll be very attractive. This includes sufficient volumes of exits/relays, encryption, lack of known admin backdoors, etc, etc…
Providing a more secure environment will propel its uptake by the ‘darknet crowd’, increase public exposure, increase user base size, attract hackers and those wishing to exploit those darknet marketplaces, encourage scriptkiddies and DDoS’ers - and generally pull in mass users very rapidly.
I’ve not read anything about SAFE that would give me pause, if I was one of those darknet market types. The fact this is such a thought-out platform only makes it more attractive. The fact it’s going to encourage mass ‘legal’ use, just makes it that much more attractive, as the DNM types will be even harder to spot with all the legit transfers going on.
I’m not sure how well I like the thought that someone would be selling illegals around the world, using shared space on my machine, but I guess there’s plenty of plausible deniability - and the fact that you’re bound to get a bit of this by providing a massively secure space for internetizens.