Archon's Favorite Quotes

Internet

"Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of mind, clusters and constellations of data, like city lights, receeding..."

William Gibson
Neuromancer

"Two messages jump out because they are from an address that ends with 'aol.com', the cyberspace neighborhood of parents and children but never of students, hackers, or people who actually work in high-tech."

Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon

"For all the claims one hears about the liberating impact of the data-net, the truth is that it's wished on most of us a brand-new reason for paranoia."

John Brunner
The Shockwave Rider (1975)

Security

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security"

Benjamin Franklin

"Computer technology is on the verge of providing the ability for individuals and groups to communicate and interact with each other in a totally anonymous manner. Two persons may exchange messages, conduct business, and negotiate electronic contracts without ever knowing the True Name, or legal identity, of the other. Interaction over networks will be untraceable, via extensive re-routing of encrypted packets and tamper-proof boxes which implement cryptographic protocols with nearly perfect assurance against any tampering. Reputations will be of central importance, far more important in dealings than even the credit ratings of today. These developments will alter completely the nature of government regulation, the ability to tax and control economic interactions, the ability to keep information secret, and will even alter the nature of trust and reputation."

Timothy C. May
The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto (1988)

"We're an information economy. They teach you that in school. What they don't tell you is that it's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information. Fragments that can be retrieved, amplified..."

William Gibson
Johnny Mnemonic

Technology

"Why can't the human eye detect a tiny artificial form lost in nature's torn and turbulent cosmos, a needle of data in a haystack of noise?"

Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon

...technological solutions are preferable to administrative or legislative solutions...

Timothy C. May
True Nyms and Crypto Anarchy

"Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling—the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration."

Niklaus Wirth