Eric Hughes (cypherpunk)

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Eric Hughes is an American mathematician, computer programmer, and cypherpunk. He is considered one of the founders of the cypherpunk movement, alongside Timothy C. May and John Gilmore.[1][2] He is notable for founding and administering the Cypherpunk mailing list,[3] authoring A Cypherpunk's Manifesto,[4] creating and hosting the first anonymous remailer,[1][5][6][7] and coining the motto, "Cypherpunks write code".[5]

The May/June 1993 issue of Wired featured a cover photo of three masked cypherpunks, of which Hughes was one.[1]

On September 27, 2012, Hughes delivered the keynote address, Putting the Personal Back in Personal Computers, at the Amsterdam CryptoParty.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c Thomas Rid (20 July 2016). "The cypherpunk revolution". Christian Science Monitor. 
  2. ^ Robert Manne (March 2011). "The Cypherpunk Revolutionary: Julian Assange". The Monthly. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  3. ^ Steven Levy (1 June 1994). "Anonymously Yours — How to Launder Your E-mail". Wired. 
  4. ^ Eric Hughes. "A Cypherpunk's Manifesto". Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ a b Jamie Bartlett (March–April 2016). "Cypherpunks Write Code". American Scientist. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  6. ^ Tom Jennings (1992). "Thoughts on Security and Authentication for Email Systems". FidoNews. Anyways, security is more than cryptographic strength. Turns out, there's a way around this: anonymous remailers. In a private Internet mailing list Eric Hughes came up with a trick to anonymously remail messages… 
  7. ^ Timothy C. May (11 November 1992). "Hackers Conference Report". Cypherpunks. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Eric Hughes, a mathematician who worked briefly for David Chaum's 'DigiCash' outfit, described anonymous remailers implemented in Perl and now running. 
  8. ^ "Cryptoparty-Bewegung: Die Cypherpunks sind zurück". Der Spiegel. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  9. ^ Cory Doctorow (12 October 2012). "CryptoParty: like a Tupperware party for learning crypto". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-03-07.