An Anonymous Justice System


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How do you deal with organized crime if the members of your justice system, permanent or temporarily, are easy targets everyone knows. The Dutch justice system was challenged once again by the murder of Peter R de Vries, who was shot in broad daylight in Amsterdam.

Peter R de Vries was known as a highly disciplined investigator of cold cases and confidant of criminals and victims who worried about the confidentiality of the police system. It is likely he was shot for his role as confidant of the chief witness in the Taghi prosecution. Two others where murdered in relation to his trial already. If a justice system wants to prosecute organized crime, especially when the criminals involved do not hesitate to kill, it needs to change its approach. These criminals control large amounts of money and resources. The possible career motivates younger members to take one for the team, kill and spend time in jail.

Even holding the trail is risky, italians have a lot of experience with prosecuting the maffia, and they hold trials in bunkers. The effect of organized crime in the Taghi case comes close to terrorism, as the TV studio were RTL Boulevard was produced (a tacky gossip program where Peter R de Vries would have opinions and report om crimes and prosecutions) where threatened (assumed with a rocket or granade attack). Killing and attacking is just too easy. Recently it seems to have become even more casual.

So what can you do about this? How can you keep justice public but the people involved safe? It would require a revolution in justice, or at least a parallel system. You’d need to create public anonymous participants of law courses and courts. Best guess would be to make all participants anonymous. Once you try to think this trough it is not that difficult, there is a use case for block chain technology and cryptography and logic to do with verification. The question is will you try to avoid any exposure of any person in the justice system or is some exposure allowed?

In the last situation you can imagine that a lawyer or judge gets appointed to a case. The defendant or prosecution can select the lawyer based on online communication to a blochchain. Every message is a transaction on the blochchain. So Lawyer L sends a bit of crypto from his address to the account of the case (created for the occasion) with a message. Nobody knows who he/she is. The only thing visible is the address the transaction comes from. You make all the evidence public to any lawyer so you can’t tell who it is. You do the same for the judge, he/she is appointed in secret. Gets the case account and can communicate with that account by making transactions. This seems cumbersome but any other way is sensitive to eavesdropping and spyware (also considering spy electronics placed in the homes of the participants).

If a criminal has a lawyer all he/she sees of this lawyer is messages on a screen

A court case begins by the participating members recieving an id code and the court case address. This can be a private blockchain but shared amongst all possible participants. After each case all addresses can be abandoned and new ones issued to the participants. Its not used for anything else but untamperable public sharing of communication.

Communication to a blochchain address can remain anonymous as long as the address used can not be linked to a person or location. Like a burnerphone an address can be disgarded after the trial.

In the case of an even more covert use anyone that wants to be in the justice system has to always use this type of system for all communication from the point where he/she specialized to become a lawyer/judge. This is hard to imagine in practice but it can be imagined that a person with a sufficiently stellar carreer gets a new address at some point, something he/she must keep secret.

During the proceeding the participants can be spread across the globe really. They don’t need to be close to where the criminal or defendents are. As long as they follow the same legal system rules they don’t even have to be from Holland.

There’s more IT related considerations you’d have to take care of to make it absolutely secure, but it will be a hell of a lot easier than protect participating individuals (who also accumulate enemies and constitute a trophy to criminals) in the street from being targeted.

You could think of all kinds of hardware, but such hardware becomes a target and is recognizable. What is not recognizable is what is not there of what can hide in plain sight.

The cost of a pilot system would be about 40.000 and possible to deliver in one month.