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Cypherpunk refers to a group of activists and computer experts who advocate for the use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies to promote social and political change. The movement emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a response to concerns about government surveillance, privacy violations, and censorship. Cypherpunks often use cryptography to protect their online communications and transactions, and believe that individuals should have the right to control their own information and identities.

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A cypherpunk is a person who advocates for the use of cryptography and other privacy-enhancing technologies to protect individuals’ privacy and political freedom. The cypherpunk movement emerged in the 1980s and gained prominence in the 1990s with the advent of the internet. Cypherpunks seek to empower individuals by providing them with the tools and knowledge to protect their privacy and security in an increasingly surveilled world. Cryptocurrencies are often favored by cypherpunks because they enable individuals to transact without revealing their identities and provide a way to resist government control over the financial system.