The Cypherpunks mailing list is a mailing list for discussing cryptography
and its effect on society. It is not a moderated list and the list operators
are not responsible for the list content.
Cypherpunks is a distributed mailing list. A subscriber can subscribe
to one node of the list and thereby participate on the full list. Each
node (called a Cypherpunks Distributed Remailer [CDR], although
they are not related to anonymous remailers) exchanges messages with
the other nodes in addition to sending messages to its subscribers.
A message posted to one node will be received by the list subscribers
on the other nodes, and vice-versa.
The various CDRs follow different policies on filtering spam and to
a lesser extent on modifying messages that go to/from their subscribers.
Filtering is done, on nodes that do it, to reduce the huge amount of
spam that the cypherpunks list is subjected to.
How to Subscribe
We use and recommend the LNE
node of the Cypherpunks mailing list. LNE filters out the copious amount
of spam that is forwarded by many other CDR nodes. To subscribe to the
Cypherpunks mailing list, simply
click here or send email with the subject "subscribe cypherpunks"
Cypherpunks encourage anonymous posting. See cypherpunks' Remailer
<TBD> section for more information on how to send email using
an anonymous remailer.
An archive of the Cypherpunks mailing list is available at inet-one
This site archives a raw feed of the CDR, including all the spam. A
spam-filtered mailing list archive is unfortunately not yet available.
As is the case with many mailing lists, a very small percentage of
the Cypherpunks mailing list consists of posters that fail to instill
into the reader a desire to expend one's limited time on reading that
person's posts. Unlike with many other lists, this small number of Cypherpunks
subscribers tends to generate a large percentage of the posts to the
Many have found that by filtering just a few posters, the list becomes
imminently more readable, enjoyable, and useful.
If you are using UNIX procmail, a sample procmail recipe is included
below. Other mail readers offer similar filtering capabilities that
you may wish to explore. Of course only you can and should decide which
filtering rules, if any, match your interests and time budget.
# sample .procmailrc
# mailing lists:
# filter all cypherpunks mail into its own cypherpunks-l folder,
# discarding mail from loons. All CDRs set their From: line
# to 'owner-cypherpunks'. # /dev/null is unix for the trash can.
For a complete list of CDR nodes in operation and additional information
about the LNE Cypherpunks node, visit the LNE
We thank the LNE CDR maintainer much of the above.