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This might seem like an off the wall idea but as (in my mind ) this issue is part policy and part engineering problem, would co-ordinated themed hackathons focused around the idea of creating disruptive & secure communication techniques and protocols both further this general cause and appeal to the HN crowd at large?

This is already being worked on by a few folks. [1][2]

If you have the skills and drive to help, I would suggest looking into those two projects.

[1] https://crypto.cat/

[2] https://whispersystems.org/

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