This question was triggered by this one : Appstore application to assassinate anyone. I have a lot of troubles dealing with it.
Quoting it, the core of the question is something akin to that (Know you should read the whole question to have a clearer picture, different from mine) :
But here's the thing, I want this conspiracy to be true. I want this world to have a viable and public application where anyone of any age and gender or nation can pay for someone to be killed. Think of it like uberdrive or ubereats but now you pay someone to kill that girl who played you back in highschool 8 years ago and left you traumatized and transformed into an incel.
So the question would then be how to make payments safe and private for clients and assassins?
And around this fictitious condition :
there's no incognito mode for payments online... any kind of wacky crypto coin or online payment method is public, the blockchain is literally public and anyone can see what any stranger on the internet is doing with their money, and anyone buying something illegal on the internet is not gonna enjoy it for long
The illegal part is quite obvious, obviously. But as I see it, it could have other uses beyond just premeditated murders. I'm not detailing them as it would be irresponsible, but any not so foolish criminal network could find a use of it in their... Uh... "Domain".
So what should we do with this kind of questions? How should we handle them? I'm at a loss at what to do.
I'm not fundamentally against questions about criminal activities : Really unlikely-ones like asking about robberies with flight abilities, heavily past-related questions (How could you hide your alcohool contraband in a similar US country), or things which are known "internally", police or wrongdoers-side (how gold diggers hide their polluting activities in Amazon forests, which also had a French documentary). Those cases are either enough documented for a bad-willing person to find them or impossible to find an applicable use.
But here, we haven't solved the mathematic problem (don't recall its name) to decrypt today's encripted messages quickly enough yet. Therefore the context has a limiting factor on possible real-world uses, in the sense there are likely more efficient options right now. The problem lies in the "yet" and "now". Indeed, if I gave a serious enough answer, based on real-world principles, and that suddenly the condition become real.. Well, the answer can be used as a starting point to bad things, and we'd be more likely to be the "cause" of them. Not direct (Willing people will find a way), not legally (Or else some police novel writers and scriptwriters could be sent to prison for complicity), but morally speaking. Indeed, I am not up to give willingly advises on improving one's illegal activities1.
I wish the question was written to be more like "A group of individuals "à la Illuminati" want to keep their cookies baking and trading activities private from the government". First, this would avoid it to appear spontaneously on search engines (Google...) via dubious keywords even though the question's core is roughly the same. Then, I would not be bothered as much if I learned someone adapted this intel to their own "activities", as the effort and willingness to adapt it would be from their part, and not mine nor the asker. Finally, if it was written well enough, I wouldn't even notice a potential issue at all, so case-closed.
So how should we tackle these potentially legally sensible issues? On the one I am worried about and on similar questions in general?
1 : Illegal in the sense of "going against my ideals of law". I'm not against illegal activities if the reasons goes along my morals -humanitarian help for instance-.