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"The Cyphernomicon" is a document written by Timothy C. May in 1994 for the Cypherpunks electronic mailing list. In a FAQ format, the document outlines some of the ideas behind, and the effects of, crypto-anarchism.[1] It is one of the philosophy's founding documents, advocating electronic privacy and anonymous digital currency. It touches on more esoteric topics, such as assassination markets. It contains May's 1992 essay "The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto" in its entirety.


"The Cyphernomicon" is divided into a hierarchy of sections and subsections:

16.2 - SUMMARY: Crypto Anarchy

16.2.1. Main Points
  - "...when you want to smash the State, everything looks like
     a hammer."
  - strong crypto as the "building material" for cyberspace
     (making the walls, the support beams, the locks)
16.2.2. Connections to Other Sections
  - this section ties all the other sections together
16.2.3. Where to Find Additional Information
  - again, almost nothing written on this
  - Vinge, Friedman, Rand, etc.
16.2.4. Miscellaneous Comments
  - a very long section, possibly confusing to many


  1. ^ May, Timothy C. (September 10, 1994). "The Cyphernomicon: Cypherpunks FAQ and More, Version 0.666". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.