John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA: Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he’s working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the C2SV Technology Conference on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a “D-Central” gadget that communicates with smartphones, tablets, and laptops to create decentralized networks that can’t be accessed by government agencies.
The gadget might sound like something straight out of a Bond movie, but McAfee wants to build it and sell it for less than $100. “There will be no way [for the government] to tell who you are or where you are,” McAfee says. Effectively, it works by creating small private networks that act as a dark web that’s inaccessible to others. McAfee says he has been planning the technology for a few years, but work on the project has intensified “rapidly” over the past few months. It’s not designed to replace the internet; instead it provides a localized dynamic network where users can communicate in private and share files. It will provide a private and public mode, and McAfee says he’s planning to use public nodes too.