I'm trying to build a few character concepts in EP to get a better feel for the system... and at present, I'm trying to pull together a few ideas into a single char: call him DPR, an immortalist hacktivist, who tries to keep at least one alpha fork active in any given location he's able to, and who acquires @-Rep by leveraging his forks' wide presence into an anonymizing network along the lines of present-day Tor or the old penet.fi. (And if his forkes' favoured sleeves happens to resemble http://landingzone.deviantart.com/art/Make-a-run-for-it-154834557 , so much the better. :) ) There are already various ways explicitly mentioned in EP to increase one's privacy - false Mesh IDs, disposable ectos, anonymity accounts, sending undetectable messages using qubits, and such - but one thing that isn't mentioned is a simple onion network (or, for anyone who's read chapter 63 of "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality", the Slytherin System). With muses to handle all the details, all that's really necessary to implement such a system is to decide how much latency you're willing to accept for a given interaction (ie, interplanetary messages can wait longer than live datastreams), and set up enough nodes constantly exchanging encrypted traffic that any particular item becomes lost in the carefully-designed shuffle. I'm thinking of DPR having a business as a combination network and courier service - constantly exchanging data between as many of his various forks in various locations as possible (in a virtual network traveling over both public and private network connections), and allowing various peoples' muses to piggyback their own messages on, both to increase @-Rep and as a form of advertising for the other half of his business: physical data couriering, schlepping around libraries, ectos, and whatever other forms of data-storage his clients want moved, with whatever level of precautions they're willing to pay for. If run as a set of NPCs, this offers a few potential hooks for PCs: if they themselves want to send anonymous messages, or getting hired to help protect a courier performing his appointed rounds, or, of course, getting hired to intercept a courier... Do you think that a particular fork of this group would be suitable as a PC? Or, perhaps, do you think that the entire idea is completely unworkable, perhaps due to some aspect of the EP setting I haven't fully assimilated yet?
—Thank you for your time,