Piracy & Social Change| Piracy Versus Privacy: An Analysis of Values Encoded in the PirateBrowser

Balázs Bodó


The PirateBrowser is a Web browser that uses Tor privacy-enhancing technology to circumvent nationally implemented Internet filters blocking access to The Pirate Bay. This article analyzes the possible consequences of a mass influx of copyright pirates into the privacy domain. The article addresses the effects of the uptake of strong privacy technologies by pirates on copyright enforcement and on free speech and privacy technology domains. Also discussed are the norms and values reflected in the specific design choices taken by the developers of the PirateBrowser.


piracy, privacy, Tor, privacy-enhancing technologies, policy

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