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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Finally: Tor accepts Bitcoin! on: December 20, 2013, 03:10:12 PM
Torservers was one of the first to accept Bitcoin, now finally Tor follows (via Bitpay):

Please understand that Tor is not as well-funded as many people think. It is crucial for a lot of activities online. Most of you will know it:

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.

So, you can now donate to Tor to strengthen development, and to us (Torservers) to strengthen the Tor network itself. Whoohoo!
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Open UDC: A "Social Bitcoin"? on: May 02, 2013, 09:13:19 AM
Sorry if this has been posted before, the search function of the forum fails me. I haven't even had the time to look at it more closely, but I figured it might be interesting to see it discussed in this forum. The French discussions about it are said to be of interest, maybe Google Translate is good enough for them.

"John Boik, founder of Principled Societies, , is running computer simulations on his Token Based System currently. His book is available for free download at his website."

"OpenUDC aims to define a set of open protocols and standards to exchange new currencies, and to provide a free software implementation of them.

UDC means Universal Digital Currencies or Universal Dividend Currencies. Both definitions are fair since a currency in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights HAVE TO apply the Universal Dividend.

The OpenUDC project has a theoretical reference to the Théorie Relative de la Monnaie (TRM) which can be read to understand why OpenUDC uses Universal Dividend Money System.

The Universal Monetary Dividend as defined in the TRM is more precise than the Basic income as it specifies where the money comes from, how it is created, and why so. But the TRM is not a technical description of how such a money system can be developed concretely, and so the choices of OpenUDC technical tools are totally independent of the TRM.

OpenUDC implementations allow human members to exchange in a spirit of equity, digital goods and services in space, between members, and time, between members and future members."
3  Economy / Economics / Bitcoin & Gresham's Law - the economic inevitability of Collapse on: February 23, 2012, 08:58:36 AM
Bitcoin & Gresham's Law - the economic inevitability of Collapse
Philipp Güring & Ian Grigg
October-December 2011

Abstract.  The Bitcoin economy exhibits remarkable and predictable stability on the supply side based on the power
costs of mining.  However, that stability is challenged if cost-curve assumption is not solely expressed by the fair cost
of power.  As there is at least one major player, the botnets, that can operate at a power-cost-curve of zero, the result
is a breach of Gresham's Law:  stolen electricity will drive out honest mining.  This has unfortunate effects for the
stability of the Bitcoin economy, and the result is inevitable collapse.
4  Economy / Marketplace / Torservers - Free Anonymous Uncensored Internet for Everyone on: September 08, 2010, 04:23:20 PM

Since I have announced that accepts Bitcoin in the "We accept Bitcoin" thread, I have already received over 200 Euro worth of Bitcoin! I want to use this thread to thank all those who have donated, and to apologize for not yet having added these donations to our list of donations page. I want to revamp the page to give a better chronological view of donations, and rest assured that all your donations will be listed there once I manage to find enough time. I will be on vacation the rest of September, so don't expect this to happen earlier than October. Sorry! Check the twitter feed @torservers to keep everyone up to date on donations.

I also want to use this to properly introduce Torservers. Torservers is a project I started some months ago. The idea behind it is to support the Tor project with operational services. What does that mean?

The Tor software is in development for 10 years now, open source, and 'simply the best'. It is a research oriented project that aims to provide free, anonymous and uncensored Internet access to anyone who needs it. More and more countries are censoring and monitoring Internet access, and journalists, activists and bloggers risk their lives (or lose it...) to get information out (and in). Tor makes it very hard, if not impossible for a single government, to block and monitor user activity. While they do excellent work, they cannot as official project run servers that run the Tor software. That's where we step in.

What we do at Torservers is maintain high bandwidth Tor exit nodes, deal with the technical issues - and especially the legal issues. Before we came, about 25% of all Tor traffic exited through one network (Blutmagie in Germany), and we wanted to change that. So what we are trying to do is bring together people who love the idea and want to support the network, but don't know how to run their own exit nodes, or don't want to do it for legal reasons.

100% of your donations go into operational costs of Tor exit nodes and bridges. Every user of Tor will benefit from more servers - more anonymity and more speed. We are the first instance who are able to provide private bridge IPs to activists/organizations.

This model seems to work very well, and I am in the process of registering a proper foundation (a German "Verein") to back this up. We don't do this for the money, I will pay for the foundation myself, but - besides donations of course - I can use your help in getting the word out, talking to people to make them aware of the problem of censorship (say China, Burma, Iran, Irak, Saudi Arabia, Tunesia, Russia, etc...!), and to spread the idea behind Tor. It would be awesome to find companies and organizations who love the idea and want to sponsor a node. Tor has 50000 daily users from China alone! For me, getting information to and from people in oppressed countries is among the most important tasks of our civilization.

If you have any questions, let me know!

If you want to know more about the Tor project in general, check their page at
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