The teens set up their technology, which is described as an elaborate encrypted software that evades law enforcement surveillance and allows BGF chapters to “receive encrypted drug orders, make doorstop deliveries, and organize re-ups in at least 110 economically depressed neighborhoods.”
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Ignoring the obvious question of how “Brick” and “Was” were able to distribute their “Pill City” app without using the Apple Store (the book goes to great pains to mention all of this drug traffic was facilitated by iPhones), the point of encryption is to keep things secret. If your business model involves delivery boys showing up at a complete stranger’s “doorstop” while in possession of illegal drugs, then encryption is the last feature you need to worry about for your startup.

Deutsch apparently was able to Google the Wikipedia entries for “dark web” and “Silk Road”, but he couldn’t even read far enough to get to the part where buyers paid for illegal drugs using untraceable Bitcoins (not a single mention of “bitcoin” in the whole book) and received the goods via USPS? That must be a new record for laziness among fabulists.

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