The Lost Omidyar Chapter: Part I

How eBay, a libertarian hobby auction site, grew into an arm of the U.S. National Security State.

A few months ago, I promised to reprint the unfinished chapter on Pierre Omidyar that I ended up cutting from Surveillance Valley, my book about the forgotten counterinsurgency history of the Internet.

I’ve mentioned Pierre on here recently. These days, he’s best known as the “good” billionaire who set up and funded The Intercept. He been a darling of th…

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