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FluffyPony on Encryption, Clearview and How Coronavirus Could Impact Privacy

Nathaniel Whittemore

The former lead maintainer of Monero and co-founder of Tari speaks about the state of global privacy

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As the coronavirus took hold in China, officials in Hubei province tracked potential patients by examining purchase records for cough and flu medicine for the previous month. 

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Welcome to the new frontiers of privacy. In this wide-ranging episode, @NLW chats with former lead maintainer of Monero and Tari co-founder Riccardo Spagni – aka @FluffyPony on Twitter – about privacy in the context of:

  • The recent arrest of DropBit CEO Larry Harmon involving bitcoin mixer technology allegedly being used for illicit purposes
  • The US government’s battle against end-to-end encryption
  • Central bank digital currencies
  • At-home devices such as Alexa and Google Home
  • Clearview AI and facial recognition
  • China’s response to coronavirus
  • Why individual apathy is the greatest threat to privacy in the world


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