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To be human is to be private, as private is to be free

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In 1987, aged 16, Julian Assange began hacking under the name Mendax (Latin for “liar”.) He and two others, known as “Trax” and “Prime Suspect”, formed a hacking group they called “the International Subversives”. In 1993, Assange gave technical advice to the Victoria Police Child Exploitation Unit that assisted in prosecutions. In the same year, he was involved in starting one of the first public Internet service providers in Australia, Suburbia Public Access Network.

Assange is an Australian citizen, an editor, publisher, and activist who along with others, established WikiLeaks in 2006. He became a member of the organization’s advisory board and described himself as the editor-in-chief. The material WikiLeaks published between 2006 and 2009 attracted various degrees of international attention, but after it began publishing documents supplied by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley), WikiLeaks became a household name.

The Manning material included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010) which showed United States soldiers fatally shooting 18 people from a helicopter in Iraq, including journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. This material also included the Afghanistan War logs (July 2010), the Iraq War logs (October 2010), and the Guantánamo files (April 2011). The files also contained an audio/video film of US military forces murdering innocent people walking down a street and then murdering a father and his two young children who stopped to give aid to the civilians the American soldiers had shot.

… a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents

By 2015, WikiLeaks had published more than ten million documents and associated analyses and was described by Assange as “a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents”.

In an April 2017 speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, then CIA director Mike Pompe called WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia”. The accusation followed a series of “damaging leaks” of confidential documents, code-named Vault 7, that included details on the CIA’s hacking capabilities, electronic surveillance and cyber warfare, Abilities such as compromising cars, smart TVs, web browsers, along with computer and mobile phone operating systems.

Contrary to the theme of this magazine on privacy, what Julian Assange has been able to do is to give transparency to the secrets that powerful people in nation-states and the military-industrial complex hold closely. Advocates of privacy may contend that what Julian did was counter-intuitive, and unleashes a plethora of arguments that work against the ideals of privacy. However, to me, the story may not reverberate so much from the disclosure of illegal and unethical activity on our behalf, as it does by giving light to the fact that there is a class with the privilege of privacy and a class without it.

Privacy is weaponized when it is used incorrectly. When did we empower Government with an ability to absolve itself of criminal acts that it does not permit its citizens? We didn’t, but we’ve enabled them to hide the mistakes and foolish blunders behind a veil of secrecy, more commonly known as ‘a matter of national security’. This term is used to envelop a Nation-State and protect the integrity of its commitments to the people. All the more we are seeing it being used to protect people from exposure to involvement in criminal activity. Illegitimate operations performed to the benefit of 3rd party undermine the charge of consent the people gave to its government. Atrocities committed by inter-Governmental agency’s, have no business being hidden from the very people who calibrate their government. Just as an individual, so too should the same measure be applied to the people in Government responsible, when they commit a crime. There simply is no excuse.

Atrocities committed by inter-Governmental agency’s, have no business being hidden from the very people who calibrate their government

Governments are made up of representatives of the people that they govern, they are real people. Their power is derived from the sovereignty of the citizenry and a social contract is engaged that grants government power to make laws that reflect the standards of their given mandate. Once the line of unlawfulness has been tripped, Governments, like it’s citizens, must be held to account. When a government makes a decision or does something contrary to the wishes of its’ citizens, it must be accountable. By allowing a government to redact and omit information from its official reports, you open yourselves up to the possibility of being managed, like cattle.

What Julian Assange did for me was help me understand that privacy was and is used as a weapon. It is used by our ‘handlers’ in a way that also creates doubt around the purposes of privacy. But outside of government, privacy is a matter of choice, a legitimate state of being, a human right, a necessary tool for a well-functioning society. It lets us forget the past and move on. It lets us wake up to a brand new day, every day. It gives us an opportunity to make good on our inflections, and repair our mistakes. It allows us to just, be.

To be human is to be private, as private is to be free.

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Polkadot Gears Up for Parachains Launch: Unveils ‘Common Good’ Parachains

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Polkadot, the interoperable blockchain protocol spearheaded by Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood, has announced its forthcoming parachain launch.

Parachains – application-specific blockchains that connect to the main network and benefit from its security and computing capacity – are viewed as the building block of Polkadot’s ecosystem. Initially, the plan was for 100 parachain slots, with an auction process determining who gets to ‘lease’ parachains for defined time periods.

However, according to a blog post published by the team on February 25, some slots will be made available for ‘governance-allocated parachains,’ also known as common good parachains. These common good parachains have been conceived to address the so-called “free rider” problem, wherein parachains can forgo contributing to elements (such as bridges) that may benefit the ecosystem as a whole.

Solving the Free-rider Problem

The free-rider problem is best understood with reference to an analogy. Supposing a levy is imposed on car manufacturers to offset pollution: in turn, vehicles’ cost is increased, and all drivers are forced to pay extra.

Although everyone will subsequently benefit from a less toxic atmosphere, only those who actually buy a car will have contributed: the others (cyclists, for example) are considered free riders.

Polkadot’s governance process will essentially earmark parachain slots for consideration outwith the auction process, with a Council and Technical Committee representing passive stakeholders and supplying technical guidance. Both groups will then decide whether to accept or reject the direct registration of certain parachains.

According to the blog post, both system-level chains and public-utility chains may emerge as blockchain categories that qualify as common good chains.

Any parachain, in other words, that the Polkadot team deem beneficial for the overall ecosystem – bridges, identity projects, and smart contract platforms and governance would all theoretically be under consideration.

Chains that help remove transactions from the Relay Chain and enable more efficient parachain processing seem the likeliest to be considered ‘common good.’

As noted in Polkadot’s blogpost:

“By allocating a subset of parachain slots to common good chains, the entire network can realize the benefit of valuable parachains that would otherwise be underfunded due to the free-rider problem.

Polkadot’s governance system is on the bleeding edge of social coordination and it will be exciting to see how it helps the network evolve to meet the needs of its constituent parachains and stakeholders.”

Polkadot Gears Up for Parachain Launch

The Polkadot team recently published a roadmap noting that all upcoming parachains will be tested on regular parachain testnets, like Rococo and on Kusama Network. The latter being Polkadot’s canary network.

Kusama is a proving ground for parachains, allowing developers to build and deploy them and experiment with Polkadot’s governance, staking, nomination, and validation functionality.

Once parachains are live, community members will have their say on which additional features and network upgrades should be incorporated over time.

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Cardano Price Analysis: 28 February

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While a majority of the assets are still trying to recover from the recent price drop, Cardano managed to record a new all-time high over the past week. Clocking in a value of $1.48 yesterday, Cardano is currently one of the top three assets in the world and while the asset has registered a 10% drop over the past few hours, it has maintained its 3rd position with a market cap of $38 billion.

Cardano 6-hour chart

Source: ADA/USD on Trading View

The 6-hour chart of Cardano continued to indicate a rising price but the asset was moving within the trendlines of an ascending channel. With a couple of higher highs witnessed, the asset has dipped over the past 24-hours, and the correction may go even further in the charts. A bearish breakout should allow the asset to recover its position at a previously held range before addressing the higher range again in the future.

At press time, the 50-day Moving Average has continued to act as underlying support but a possible move below $1.12 is likely.

According to the VPVR range, the support range at $0.90-$0.95 could be tested since the trading volume at the price point has been significant over the past few weeks.

Market Indicators

Source: ADA/USD on Trading View

Market Indicators appeared a little on the neutral side at press time but considering the pattern was bearish, the indicators may head in the same direction.

Relative Strength Index or RSI is currently holding a position above 50 but the indicator suggested an increasing selling pressure in the chart. Stochastic RSI is exhibiting a bearish pullback at press time, with the signal line hovering the bullish line.

MACD appeared bullish at press time, but a potential trend reversal is in the charts, with the MACD line converging towards the bearish line.

Important levels to watch out for

Resistance: $1.48
Support: $1.30, $0.92-$0.90
Entry Position for Short: $1.325
Stop-Loss: $1.48
Take Profit: $0.90-$0.92
Risk/Reward Ratio: 2.43x

Conclusion 

Cardano’s price action has been within the ascending channel formation and a bearish breakout in the coming week should not be discounted.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/cardano-price-analysis-28-february

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Bitcoin Cash, Uniswap, Zcash Price Analysis: 28 February

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Bitcoin Cash looked uncertain to flip its press time resistance as the indicators gave mixed signals regarding its future trajectory. Uniswap could move southbound from its descending triangle pattern as momentum rose on the selling side. Zcash showed some indecision in its market as the price continued to trade within a range, with a breakout unlikely over the coming sessions.

Bitcoin Cash [BCH]

Source: BCH/USD, TradingView

With weekly losses of over 33%, Bitcoin Cash slipped to the 12th position on the crypto-rankings with a market cap of $8.6 billion. On the 4-hour timeframe, the price slipped below $464 support but the bulls eyed a comeback on the charts. The RSI avoided the oversold territory but pointed lower from the 35-mark at the time of writing. The MACD was bullish-neutral as the fast-moving line floated just above the Signal line.

It was doubtful whether the aforementioned resistance mark could be flipped over the next few sessions as trading volumes and buying activity remained muted.

Uniswap [UNI]

Source: UNI/USD, TradingView

A descending triangle formed on Uniswap’s 4-hour chart after the price formed lower highs post record levels. Prices usually tend to break downwards from this pattern on low trading volumes. The Awesome Oscillator showed that momentum rested with the selling side as the red bars rose below the half-line. A fall below the lower trendline could see UNI move towards the $15 mark.

The Stochastic RSI disagreed with the AO and suggested that UNI could be up for some gains after a bullish crossover in the oversold zone. However, a move above the upper trendline was unlikely considering the state of the broader market.

Zcash [ZEC]

Source: ZEC/USD, TradingView

Zcash continued to move within a fixed channel on the 4-hour chart as equilibrium was maintained between the buyers and sellers. The Bollinger Bands also reflected the consolidation as volatility remained low in the market. The MACD line was superimposed on the signal line, reflecting the indecision in the market.

However, a sharp move in either direction could see the market tilt strongly in the favor of the side that enforces the breakout. A bullish scenario could see ZEC move towards the next resistance mark at $138.4. Conversely, a fall could see the price move towards $98.1 support.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-cash-uniswap-zcash-price-analysis-28-february

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