Andy Greenburg’s profile on a personal hero of mine, Moxie Marlinspike: “Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us” (via BoingBoing)

On law enforcement and crypto:

“I actually think that law enforcement should be difficult,” Marlinspike says, looking calmly out at the crowd. “And I think it should actually be possible to break the law.”

On pushing social boundaries:

A few days after Snowden’s first leaks, Marlin­spike posted an essay to his blog titled “We Should All Have Something to Hide,” emphasizing that privacy allows people to experi­ment with lawbreaking as a precursor for social progress. “Imagine if there were an alternate dystopian reality where law enforcement was 100 percent effective, such that any potential offenders knew they would be immediately identified, apprehended, and jailed,” he wrote. “How could people have decided that marijuana should be legal, if nobody had ever used it? How could states decide that same-sex marriage should be permitted?”

On doing your job at Twitter:

“Moxie couldn’t care less if Twitter made a lot of money,” the former colleague says. “He was more interested in protecting users.”