Tech entrepreneur John McAfee, on the heels of a few months of turbulent personal problems, announced Saturday that he is working to produce an inexpensive, pocket-sized gadget that would give average people the ability to shield themselves from the National Security Agency’s spying.
McAfee said that the gadget, dubbed Decentral, will cost less than $100 once it is built and on the market.
“There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are,” he said in an onstage interview with moderator Dan Holden at the inaugural C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival.
And if the U.S. government bans its sale in the U.S., he said, “I’ll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped.”
In 1989, McAfee made a name for himself in Silicon Valley founding the anti-virus software company that still bears his name. In 1994, he ended his relationship with the company, which was once valued at $100 million, and moved to Colorado. He has since decried the tech industry’s bundling of the software on new computers.
More recently, McAfee made headlines when he became a suspect in the murder of a neighbor in Belize and embarked on a globetrotting attempt to avoid law enforcement. Officials in the country say he remains a person of interest in the crime.
McAfee said his latest vision will communicate with smartphones, tablets and other devices and create decentralized, floating and moving local networks that would be more difficult for government spy agencies to penetrate.
H/T: Mercury News