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John McAfee Announces Decentral, a $100 NSA-Thwarting Device

by Jacob Kleinman | September 30, 2013September 30, 2013 2:30 pm PDT

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After grabbing headlines earlier this year while fleeing local authorities through the jungles of Belize, John McAfee is back in the U.S. and preparing to take on another government agency, the NSA. Taking the stage at a tech conference in San Jose, California, McAfee announced Decentral, a still-conceptual device which will completely block the NSA and all other organizations from tracking your location and identity online all for under $100.

The anti-NSA gadget will reportedly work directly with iOS and Android smartphones within a three-block or quarter mile range. McAfee noted that he’s been kicking around the idea for a while, but was inspired by Edward Snowden to finally take action against government spying himself. 

McAfee refrained from explaining exactly how Decentral might actually work, but noted that it will also fight crime by sending an alert when a crime is committed within its radius (we’re not exactly sure how that feature would work either but it’s a nice idea). The anti-virus king added that he fully expects the U.S. government to ban the device, and plans to market it around the world, including in England, Japan and to developing countries.

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Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...