The Great Firewall, the Sovereign Web, and a New Era for Cybersecurity
In my past career I was the victim of multiple massive hacks. The biggest was the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack in the Summer of 2015, where the identities of a majority of US persons with a security clearance (and their family and friends) had their intimate data stollen by the Chinese intelligence establishment. This was before I had ever touched cryptocurrency, or understood the cryptographic mechanisms that real blockchains like DigiByte operate on, but the experience cause a lot of reflection. Not only did it affect the lives of myself and my peers, but I recognized it was endemic to the Western approach towards data, the internet, and security generally.
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All together, intellectual-property theft costs America up to $600 billion a year, the greatest transfer of wealth in history. China accounts for most of that loss. Intellectual-property theft covers a wide spectrum: counterfeiting American fashion designs, pirating movies and video games, patent infringement and stealing proprietary technology and software.