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Peter Wayner

Peter Wayner is a writer known for his books on technology and his writing in mainstream publications including The New York Times, InfoWorld,[1] and Wired magazine. His work on mimic functions, a camouflaging technique for encoding data so it takes on the statistical characteristics of other information, is an example of steganography.[2] This work formed the seed for his book, Disappearing Cryptography, one of the earliest to explore how information can be camouflaged through algorithms to appear to be another form.[3] His book, Policing Online Games, was cited by Craig Steven Wright as one of the earliest explanations and inspirations for decentralized currency systems like Bitcoin.[4]

In 2018, he received attention for writing an article about the New York City transit system, advocating for replacing large subway trains with competing fleets of smaller, thinner and more nimble autonomous cars, scooters, hoverboards and pods.[5][6] The article received widespread criticism. [7][8][9][10]

Bibliography (selected)

  • Wayner, Peter (2008). Disappearing Cryptography -- A book on steganography, information hiding, watermarking and other techniques for disguising information. Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 978-0-12-374479-1. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  • Wayner, Peter (2003). Policing Online Games -- How mathematics can make online games more honest and fair. Flyzone Press. ISBN 978-0-9675844-2-3. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  • Wayner, Peter (2002). Translucent Databases -- How to create databases that answer questions without holding any information inside them. Most of the techniques involve applying a one-way function to personal data. Flyzone Sr Llc. ISBN 978-0-9675844-1-6. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  • Wayner, Peter (2000). Free for All: How LINUX and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High-Tech Titans. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-662050-3. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  • Wayner, Peter (1999). Compression Algorithms for Real Programmers (The For Real Programmers Series). Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 978-0-12-788774-6.
  • Wayner, Peter (1995). Agents Unleashed: A Public Domain Look at Agent Technology. Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 978-0-12-738765-9.
  • Wayner, Peter (2013). Future Ride: 80 Ways the Self-Driving, Autonomous Car Will Change Everything from Buying Groceries to Teen Romance to Surviving a Hurricane to Turning Ten to Having a Heart Attack to Building a Dream Home to Simple Getting from Here to There. ISBN 1484123336.


  1. ^ Author Bio Archived 2010-11-24 at the Wayback Machine. , InfoWorld, Nov. 22, 2010.
  2. ^ Signals in the Noise Archived 2007-10-22 at the Wayback Machine. by Joab Jackson, Baltimore City Paper, June 26, 2002.
  3. ^ 1964-, Wayner, Peter, (2009). Disappearing cryptography : information hiding : steganography & watermarking (3rd ed.). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. ISBN 9780080922706. OCLC 413010270.
  4. ^ TheCryptoShow. "The Crypto Show: Peter Wayner, Did I Invent The Blockchain? Plus Chris Odom On Bitcoin Full Nodes". Let's Talk Bitcoin. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ Wayner, Peter (2018-06-09). "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  6. ^ "Jarrett Walker on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  7. ^ "Replacing the NYC Subway System With Autonomous Cars Is a Terrible Idea". Motherboard. 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  8. ^ "When 'Fixing' Public Transit Just Means Making It More Exclusive". CityLab. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  9. ^ "This Essay Proposing to "Fix" the NYC Subway with Autonomous Cars Demonstrates the Insanity of Neoliberalism". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  10. ^ "Letters: The NYC Subway Is Not 'Beyond Repair'". The Atlantic. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2018-09-20.