Times Square billboard calls for release of Silk Road founder

 4. Juni 2020      


The „Free Ross“ movement has hired a billboard in New York’s Times Square as part of its campaign to free Ross Ulbricht, founder of Silk Road, a darknet market.

According to the „Clemency for Ross“ Twitter account, the billboard will display the message and image for several months. The account emphasized that the billboard was funded by „a generous supporter“ and not by donations to the site.

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Ulbricht is currently in his seventh year behind bars on a double life sentence. Without clemency he will never be released.

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Ulbricht, now 36, was arrested and jailed in 2013 for establishing and operating the notorious „Silk Road“ Darknet market.

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Ulbricht was convicted of seven counts, including drug trafficking, money laundering, computer hacking, criminal activity and aiding and abetting the distribution of drugs over the Internet, and was sentenced to two life terms without parole.

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Even from behind bars, and without access to the Internet, Ulbricht has continued to contribute to the cryptology community through friends who publish their writings online.

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On May 20, Ulbricht’s media account published an article proposing a solution to the

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„content problem“ on encrypted platforms: the challenge of removing harmful content in an automated way that does not require manual screening.

Ulbricht writes that many large platforms already deploy algorithms such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) to moderate content, recommending that operators of encrypted platforms use zero-knowledge tests in conjunction with ANNs to identify content that represents child abuse.

The former Silk Road operator recommends partnering with law enforcement to train the „ZKANN“ system to identify child pornography using seized media, before launching the system to the public.