We all love the SIC and use it on a daily basis, but in the IC world, public SIC is the most commonly tapped, cracked, tracked, and bugged means of communication within Withmore City. Second to that are gridphone transmissions and openly talking in public. Sure, you could use SIC encryption, but everybody knows who is talking to who when encrypted transmissions fly over public SIC, and if everybody in public SIC knows about it, it's garanteed that the WJF are looking into why citizens have to be so quiet about something that they encrypt their conversations. So why not have different, highly illegal networks utilizing hacked SICs and SIC transponders? Private networks on different levels that aren't linked to the public SIC network, and thus aren't traced by the WJF? Perhaps it's merely a networked communication system which utilizes pre-existing equipment such as encrypted freqman 6Ks and some sort of base station within the city. Scan the freqman 6Ks with their Secure Talk Cards to the base station, and the 6Ks will only communicate via the secure connection to that base station. Perhaps people can be installed with secondary SICs that are dumbed down and only allow communication on installed SIC comms systems. In either case, there ought to be ways for people to use the digital medium with a modus of privacy when being conspiratorial little suckers without having to do that using face-time.