Kim Dotcom Planning To Invest In Privacy Startups

from the actions-have-consequences dept

We were just discussing how there's a sudden renewed interest among many entrepreneurs to build much more security and privacy conscious apps. In that post, we noted that Kim Dotcom's Mega is working on encrypted chat and email, but it appears he wants to go much further. He's now announced that he's starting a venture capital fund for privacy-focused startups as well. Of course, it will be interesting to see what the actual details are and what comes out of it, but it's yet another sign that the revelations that have come out about widespread government surveillance many lead to a much needed refocusing on how to build much more secure and private systems in this digital era. It seems odd to think that, indirectly, the US government's highly questionable legal assault on Dotcom may eventually lead to the funding of a variety of applications and services that block out the US government's prying eyes.

Filed Under: investments, kim dotcom, privacy, security, venture capital
Companies: mega


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Jul 2013 @ 3:55am

    Re: Re: Responsibility

    Existing protocols and systems are quite capable of distributed use being built on a peer to peer technology. Learning to use them is not that hard. Given a fixed IP address, it is relatively easy to set up a private server. Also note that giving the IP address to permitted users to put in their hosts file, rather than using DNS is preferable for small private networks. DNS servers are a potential source of metadata, and for inserting man in the middle attacks.

    Privacy protection requires that people generate manage and distribute their own keys, as anything simpler puts control of the keys into third party hands. Anything simpler puts control of keys into the hands of a third party, and therefore makes the data available to at least one government. This is more important than using a distributed email system.

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