The crypto space came out recently to pay their respects to one of the founding fathers of the cypherpunk movement, and a key proponent of Bitcoin’s creation.
In the early ninety’s a group of cryptology aficionados met monthly to discuss theories on digital privacy and anonymous digitalized cash. The Group dubbed themselves the Cypherpunks, a portmanteau of Cipher and punk, denoting their affection for coding and disposition towards anarchistic practices.
The founding fathers of the Cypherpunks were Eric Hughes, John Gilmore and of course, Timothy C. May.
A few months into their emergence and with an ever-growing mailing list, Timothy May published “The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto”.
This Manifesto detailed an emerging form of technology which would transform the relationship between users and their digital presence; negating the requirement for a third party to mediate and potentially compromise privacy:
“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. Interactions over networks will be untraceable ... 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.” Reads the opening lines of the manifesto.
These libertarian views sowed the seed for generations of cypherpunks to come; most notably among them, Satoshi Nakamoto.
The cryptoverse came out on twitter to pay homage to the founding father of the cypherpunks:
Timothy C. May was a co-founder of the Cypherpunks and an influential crypto-anarchist, whose writings helped shape the vision of the "Libertarian in Cyberspace" being built upon every day.— Nakamoto Institute (@NakamotoInst) December 15, 2018
Rest in Peace.
SNI proudly hosts a number of his essays here: https://t.co/UIYqT0pMyD pic.twitter.com/fB9MkZhrSB
Rest in peace, Timothy C. May (1951 – December 2018)