Archain Interview: Building an Uncensorable Archive of Human History

This article ties in to a podcast we recorded with the Archain team, available here.

Unreliable permanent storage is a problem that most people don’t know exists, but will have likely experienced first hand.

Under my desk, I store my fine collection of bricked laptops with the hope that one day I might salvage them for parts โ€” on the hard drives of those long-dead machines, there are hundreds of gigabytes of lost data. Old music project files, documents, and other things I should’ve been smart enough to back up online.

However, storing files on the cloud isn’t totally safe.…   [continue reading]

Cryptography; Ancient and Futuristic

When we think about secret codes, images of military intelligence agents in smokey basements decoding the Enigma probably come to mind. However, for as long as there has been the need to transmit information in secret, thereโ€™s been a way to do it โ€” however rudimentary.

In this article, I’ll explore how the ancient methods of encryption have evolved, the security of WhatApp’s end-to-end encryption, and the political anxiety working against progression in the field of encryption.

Ancient cryptography

An early example of cryptography comes from Ancient Rome, and was recorded by Suetonius in his biography of Julius Caesar. Secret messages were encrypted by Caesar using an extremely simple system, but a system that would produce messages that his illiterate enemies would disregard, assuming they were in a foreign language.…   [continue reading]