RT @BobMcElrath: All interesting Bitcoin protocols involve pre-signed transactions (e.g. adversarial close in lightning, SE backout transac…

Tue Aug 02 05:26:45 +0000 2022

Replying to @NachoAlamillo, @santicasas, @sam280 and @SSI_Ambassador

I have mixed feelings about the LESS Identity architectures exemplified by the EU digital identity wallets. They are at least better, but they are missing a lot. I in particular worry that they still can be misused by authoritarian movements (such as in Hungary).

Fri Aug 05 14:14:56 +0000 2022

Abandon Planet is one of the few team cooperative board game designs — I’m fascinated by dynamic teams, hidden teams, and other underutilized collaborative game design mechanisms. https://twitter.com/MeeplesTogether/status/1556715574914215939

Mon Aug 08 19:11:26 +0000 2022

RT @ChristopherA: Abandon Planet is one of the few team cooperative board game designs — I’m fascinated by dynamic teams, hidden teams, and…

Mon Aug 08 19:56:56 +0000 2022

Replying to @Sheldrake, @philiprosedale, @gfodor and @vinayvasanji

I’m also working with @WolfMcNally on hash-tree based non-correlatable & redactable structures that allow the holder (the subject or presenter) to do not disclose some values and yet still be verifiable. This will make it easier to have private webs of trust.

Thu Aug 11 02:49:48 +0000 2022

Replying to @Sheldrake, @philiprosedale, @gfodor, @vinayvasanji and @WolfMcNally

There are some hints about this in our recent Collaborative Seed Recovery work (see playlist at Collaborative Seed Recovery
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCkrqxOY1Fbp-P1Yv-7gmu75i2QS2Z6vk ) but there will be more including a proof of architecture app in next few weeks.

Thu Aug 11 02:51:55 +0000 2022

RT @lgarron: Hi folks! I work for @github and I love that our current privacy policy says we will not track you — essential cookies only.…

Thu Aug 11 18:31:02 +0000 2022

The most frustrating thing is that a private key is that they are the wrong tool for discovery. If there was a legitimate need for discovery, a public key could do the job. Private keys are about the authority to control, not information. [3/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:42 +0000 2022

The problem is that prosecutors & lawyers are asking courts to demand private keys as part of pre-trial discovery. This is wrong on so many levels! [2/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:42 +0000 2022

Today my article on the need to protect private keys from courts was published by @BitcoinMagazine. This may be the most important legal advocacy work @BlockchainComns has ever done! [1/10] https://bitcoinmagazine.com/legal/saving-bitcoin-private-keys-from-courts

Fri Aug 12 17:41:42 +0000 2022

That’s why we need laws to protect private keys. Wyoming is putting forth legislation of this sort this year. [7/10] https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2021/SF0105

Fri Aug 12 17:41:43 +0000 2022

As a cryptographic security expert, I don’t know of good ways to temporarily transfer private keys like this, nor do my colleagues know either. Untrained court staff or lawyers put the keys into even more danger! [6/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:43 +0000 2022

By demanding private keys instead of information, courts are opening up crucial digital assets, which might include not just cryptocurrencies but also digital identities, to compromise, loss or forgery. [5/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:43 +0000 2022

(Sidebar: authority to control is a basis for another legal principle I helped steward into law: Principle Authority. See https://www.blockchaincommons.com/articles/Principal-Authority/)) [4/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:43 +0000 2022

I work with Wyoming and other legislatures as part of Blockchain Commons’ commitment to law and advocacy for digital rights. If this is important to you, please consider becoming a sponsor of our work! [10/10] https://github.com/sponsors/BlockchainCommons

Fri Aug 12 17:41:44 +0000 2022

This is a foundational question of digital rights. I encourage you to talk with your local representatives for your state or country, point them to Wyoming’s foundational work, and to ask them to protect your private keys as well! [9/10]

Fri Aug 12 17:41:44 +0000 2022

There’s more in my article published in @BitcoinMagazine today. [8/10] https://bitcoinmagazine.com/legal/saving-bitcoin-private-keys-from-courts

Fri Aug 12 17:41:44 +0000 2022

RT @CaitlinLong_: MUST READ!! Thanks @ChristopherA and h/t to @rothfuss. Calling all experts on private keys to testify or contact legislat…

Fri Aug 12 20:55:47 +0000 2022

It is unfortunate true that between this example & huge legal fees encountered by SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) victims that developers need to learn to leverage and practice pseudonymity. Our guide: https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Pseudonymity-Guide https://twitter.com/fodagut/status/1558056854160150528

Fri Aug 12 22:45:08 +0000 2022

Replying to @MarkFriedenbach

Offer a PR stating this is a risk :-)

Sat Aug 13 00:37:41 +0000 2022

Replying to @MoMR2022, @BitcoinMagazine and @BlockchainComns

Single seed, see free #SmartCustody book. For next gen multisig, some early work has started at https://github.com/blockchaincommons/smartcustody/

Sat Aug 13 00:55:04 +0000 2022

RT @RosenfeldM: 1/ @USTreasury’s sanctioning of @TornadoCash raises good discussions as to whether a software tool like a mixer is appropri…

Sat Aug 13 01:26:15 +0000 2022

RT @RosenfeldM: 13/ so learn from the past. The government is rightly concerned with spies, terrorists, etc. but tends to overreach in re…

Sat Aug 13 01:27:02 +0000 2022

Replying to @RosenfeldM

You might be interested in this related article about government overreach, such as key escrow & backdooors — compelling private keys: https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1558146722542469121

Sat Aug 13 01:28:55 +0000 2022

RT @myn4mewast4ken: Good thread on legal implications with private keys vs public address.

Privacy is important to EVERYONE.

Example: b…

Sat Aug 13 03:39:43 +0000 2022

RT @trbouma: @Wikisteff I prefer this understanding of property in the recent consultation paper by the English Law Commission on Digital A…

Sun Aug 14 00:12:07 +0000 2022

RT @utxoclub: work in progress blind schnorr signature demo
Styling, labels and explanations need some work but it’s functional!

Sun Aug 14 00:13:28 +0000 2022

Replying to @trbouma and @Wikisteff

I get flack for choosing the term self-sovereign for our field. I really felt that whatever I choose needed to give it strength, so it could not be watered down easily. For me it is about being a peer in power, with freedom to negotiate with others and thus need need to petition.

Sun Aug 14 02:12:54 +0000 2022

Replying to @trbouma and @Wikisteff

So what resonates with me is the phrase “socially approved power relationship”. But I don’t feel that is the common reality today for anyone who is not wealthy — our new “peerage”. This is not acceptable to me.

Sun Aug 14 02:16:07 +0000 2022

RT @el33th4xor: Excellent thread on why courts should not be allowed to collect private keys during discovery, coupled with excellent wor…

Mon Aug 15 04:58:56 +0000 2022

RT @aaronareed: Without the Internet Archive, #50YearsOfTextGames could never have happened. The amount of vintage magazines, emulated soft…

Tue Aug 16 01:03:16 +0000 2022

RT @anguschampion: @danheld Also I thought this was interesting https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1190135639548686337?s=21&t=Y3MbmtkksxEPeyr-NKxUFg

Tue Aug 16 16:34:20 +0000 2022

Replying to @RyanSAdams and @gitcoin

We are doing a lot of different related advocacy projects. Latest https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1558146722542469121 and…

Tue Aug 16 19:15:44 +0000 2022

Replying to @RyanSAdams and @gitcoin

…a pseudonymous developer privacy guide: https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1558223083906904064

Tue Aug 16 19:18:00 +0000 2022

Replying to @RyanSAdams and @gitcoin

I choose the term self-sovereign for our movement and wrote the 10 principles, and have been working on new laws around the world. Lots progress in Wyoming: https://www.blockchaincommons.com/articles/Principal-Authority/

Tue Aug 16 19:19:40 +0000 2022

Replying to @penumbrazone

Is there one for secp256k1?

Tue Aug 16 21:14:56 +0000 2022

@fborgesius you might be interested in the next #RebootingTheWebOfTrust on decentralized identity and human rights privacy being held in The Hague September 26th-30th. https://rwot11.eventbrite.com

Tue Aug 16 22:06:40 +0000 2022

RT @lilianedwards: In non GDPR features ..”Rights of deceased persons are not uncommon (Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, China)” @EdinaRl
Now 157 Co…

Wed Aug 17 00:11:13 +0000 2022

Replying to @TaraNethercott

I was sad to hear that the election didn’t go your way. I believe you’d have been a great SoS.

Wed Aug 17 21:50:43 +0000 2022

RT @paulmillr: It’s impossible to run ETH node over TOR.

Even worse: no plans for it.

This drastically reduces anonymity & censorship res…

Wed Aug 17 21:52:31 +0000 2022

RT @paulmillr: @DawsonBotsford ETH often (not always) uses UDP, TOR doesn’t support UDP. However, main reason is lack of interest from prot…

Wed Aug 17 21:52:36 +0000 2022

Replying to @SCBuergel, @Gilrim, @paulmillr and @hoprnet

Don’t use exit nodes. #TorGap

Wed Aug 17 21:53:29 +0000 2022

RT @lorenzofb: NEW: Last week, hackers targeted 1,900 Signal users, specifically going after three of them.

I was one of those three, and…

Thu Aug 18 18:37:26 +0000 2022

RT @korpi87: Do you know a simple signature in Metamask can drain your wallet?

A very experienced user (top 10 by Degen Score) lost almost…

Mon Aug 22 16:33:06 +0000 2022

RT @EFF: “This is precisely the nightmare that we are all concerned about,” EFF’s @JonCallas tells @NYTimes’ @KashHill. “They’re going to s…

Mon Aug 22 19:24:50 +0000 2022

This article is a nuanced perspective by @EFF on the OFAC #TornadoCash ban, and it’s chilling effects on “code as speech” & 1st amendment. @EFF is also representing cryptographic researcher @matthew_d_green whose forked repo is also at risk by @github. http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/08/code-speech-and-tornado-cash-mixer

Mon Aug 22 21:01:34 +0000 2022

RT @matthew_d_green: I made a Github organization to republish a fork of the Tornado Cash repositories that were banned following the Treas…

Tue Aug 23 02:22:55 +0000 2022

These #SiliconSalon virtual events are a series of facilitated discussion meant to forge the future of secure hardware design by aligning the interests of crypto-wallet developers and semiconductor designers & manufacturers. [2/11]

Fri Aug 26 20:12:01 +0000 2022

You can now sign up for Silicon Salon 2, a virtual event from @BlockchainComns. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th from 9am to noon PDT. [1/11] #SiliconSalon https://siliconsalon2.eventbrite.com/

Fri Aug 26 20:12:01 +0000 2022

This second #SiliconSalon will address these questions through presentations and then a facilitated discussion among the participants, including silicon designers, wallet hardware architects, cryptographic engineers and cryptographers. [5/11]

Fri Aug 26 20:12:02 +0000 2022

In this next #SiliconSalon, we’re focusing on the challenges of secure boot, firmware, updates, and supply chain. How can we make sure our semiconductor designs maintain security through various threats? [4/11] https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1275143980389265408?s=20&t=8anbHuhFeq4hqtejM3JRwQ

Fri Aug 26 20:12:02 +0000 2022

You can find the results of our first #SiliconSalon at https://www.siliconsalon.info/salon1/, including videos of presentations, transcripts, and key quotes from our Q&A and discussion. [3/11] https://www.siliconsalon.info/salon1/

Fri Aug 26 20:12:02 +0000 2022

.@ksedgwic & devrandom will talk about Validating Lightning Signer (VLS), a project that builds software to enable the private-key material and sensitive signing operations for a Lightning node to be stored and executed in a separate secure environment. [8/11]

Fri Aug 26 20:12:03 +0000 2022

.@FOUNDATIONdvcs will discuss how their Passport leverages various chip security features to secure your Bitcoin. [7/11] https://foundationdevices.com/passport/

Fri Aug 26 20:12:03 +0000 2022

.@bunniestudios will talk about Precursor, their open source platform for developing secure mobile apps. [6/11] https://hackaday.com/2022/08/06/heres-how-the-precursor-protects-your-privacy/

Fri Aug 26 20:12:03 +0000 2022

Space is limited — sign up now to join us at Silicon Salon 2! If you’d like to become a Patron for more of these events, contact me. If you are GitHub monthly sponsor of @BlockchainCommons check your email free event code. [11/11] https://www.eventbrite.com/e/silicon-salon-2-tickets-403779845387

Fri Aug 26 20:12:04 +0000 2022

Cramium (a silicon designer) will be discuss Bootloading. What should the Controller Manufacturer bootloader do? Should it only open the communication ports or should it open the comm channels, perform self-test, and perform all crypto functions, or something in-between? [10/11]

Fri Aug 26 20:12:04 +0000 2022

.@Proxy will talk about how they leverage secure javacard chips, including steps they are taking to assure the security and integrity of their designs. [9/11]

Fri Aug 26 20:12:04 +0000 2022

Replying to @judell

I had good luck having non-tech people (we strive for 25% non-engineers at our collaborative @RWOTEvents workshops) use @HackMD for collaborative simultaneous .md editing. If they log into it using their GitHub credentials, they also can sync it with a repo. I’d be glad to demo.

Sun Aug 28 20:42:42 +0000 2022

Two weeks until our next virtual #SiliconSalon, this time on the sub-topic of cryptographic security for boot, the firmware & upgrade to it, and supply chain security of both hardware & software. If you are a cryptographic wallet designer, you should be there! https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1563257982611103744

Wed Aug 31 19:56:48 +0000 2022