The five main values of cypherpunks are privacy, individual freedom, cryptography, decentralization, and the use of encryption to safeguard rights and freedoms. These values underpin the cypherpunk movement’s advocacy for the widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies to bring about social and political change.
The Cypherpunk Manifesto, written by Eric Hughes in 1993, outlines the key principles of the cypherpunk movement. The manifesto emphasizes the following principles:
- Privacy: It asserts that privacy is a fundamental human right and advocates for the use of cryptography to protect personal privacy and secure communication.
- Individual Empowerment: The manifesto highlights the importance of empowering individuals to control their own information and assets, free from centralized authority.
- Cryptography as a Tool for Social Change: It promotes the idea that strong cryptography can be used as a tool for social and political change, enabling individuals to defend their privacy and challenge the status quo.
- Decentralization: The manifesto advocates for decentralized systems and technologies to reduce reliance on central authorities, promoting self-sovereignty and transparency.
- Open Collaboration: It emphasizes the importance of open collaboration and the proactive use of cryptography to achieve privacy and security goals