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[liberationtech] The Privacy Book, by James Black, PhD?

Greg Norcie greg at norcie.com
Thu Feb 14 14:21:35 PST 2013


Good ideas should speak for themselves.

Some of the most knowledgeable people working on PETS  don't have PhDs
(or sometimes, lack degrees completely.)

Anyone who stresses the "PhD" in order to imply their ideas are somehow
better than others gets an eyebrow raise from me. (And that's coming
from a doctoral student :) )

Also, either that's a fake name, or this "James Black" hasn't even
published anything of note on the subject. Either way, he's using an
appeal to authority, which doesn't sit well with me.

Furthermore, I don't like the business model. Why doesn't he put the
book up for free, and offer avenues for people to send him donations if
they liked it?

Those who would pirate the book will pirate it anyways, and those who
might not have paid might download it, read it, then decide to donate.

The fact that he didn't consider this as a business model also gives me
pause.
--
Greg Norcie (greg at norcie.com)
GPG key: 0x1B873635

On 2/14/13 5:11 PM, Lee Fisher wrote:
> Does anyone have any opinions about the advise in this book? Thanks.
> 
> https://www.awxcnx.de/privacybook.htm
> 
> ----snip----
> The Privacy Book: The Essential Guide To Living Anonymously
> 
> CONTENTS
> CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION
> CHAPTER II – ANONYMOUS & ENCRYPTED EMAIL
> CHAPTER III – ANONYMOUS & ENCRYPTED INTERNET
> CHAPTER IV – COMPUTER & INTERNET SECURITY
> CHAPTER V – GHOST PHONES
> CHAPTER VI – GHOST INTERNET CONNECTION
> CHAPTER VII – DOMAINS, WEBHOSTING, & ECOMMERCE
> CHAPTER VIII – ANONYMOUS & PRIVATE EMONEY
> CHAPTER IX – DATA ENCRYPTION
> CHAPTER X – FAKE IDS & SCAMS
> CHAPTER XI – REAL WORLD ANONYMITY
> CHAPTER XII – CONCLUSION
> REFERENCE LIST
> 
> Author:James Black, PhD
> Over 300 pages, high quality, PDF or ePub
> 
> The price of the eBook will be pegged to the price of gold.
> 
> Pecunix and Liberty Reserve: 0.5 grams of Gold.
> Bitcoins: Equal to 0.5 grams of Gold.
> Euros, Swiss Francs and U.S. Dollars Equal to 0.5 grams of Gold.
> 
> Delivery Method: Email (PDF or ePub)
> 
> Payment options will be discussed via email. Preferred Payment Options:
> Pecunix, Liberty Reserve and Bitcoin. Negotiable with other payment
> methods.
> 
> To purchase the book feel free to contact the autor by the text form
> below. Please add your email address for a reply.
> ----snip----
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