Lets build VPN
- VPN service for Bitcoins
Dear Bitcoin community
We are a small group working out of Copenhagen, Denmark. Our plan is to construct a VPN service provider that will enable its users a fully encrypted access to the Internet.What a VPN can do
A VPN has several benefits, where anonymity is the main one. It basically exchanges your public IP-number to an anonymous IP-number, rendering your identity invisible, unless you identify yourself. This way everyone who uses the VPN retain better control of when and where they want to identify themselves, and when they don't. http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9636/simplehowworksavpnblue.jpg
A VPN can also be described like a proxy or substitute computer, in the way that all your internet traffic is channelled through the VPN-server (that exchanges your IP-number in the process). A second benefit of this is that national censorship and blocks will become unworkable. Say you are a turkish citizen and want to read a valuable piece of information on a website, but find that the state blocked access to it. Using the VPN, all your traffic will go through a server that is located in a country, that do not have these restrictive blocks of the internet (in our case we have decided for Iceland).http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/1108/proxyvpn.jpg
Read more about VPN-technology on WikipediaA VPN combined with Bitcoins provides double encryption
We plan to have Bitcoins as the primary currency, in two ways: (1) In terms of buying the services we need in Bitcoin, (2) but also by accepting Bitcoin as payment for the VPN.
Combining a VPN with Bitcoin therefore adds encryption in two similar ways: (1) Purchasing the service of the VPN with Bitcoins means you will not have any record in your bank recording a purchase of an anonymizing technology (2) Your future purchases of Bitcoins will be encrypted, so no one will be able to even see you trading other currencies for Bitcoins, and vice versa.A copyable company
We are setting up an LLC company in Iceland which will be running the VPN.
An important issue for us is making the infrastructure of the VPN copyable, so that others might set up similar services. For that to happen we need to keep the operation transparent and lay forth our business plan as well as strategic, political and economic questions. We will need to cover operating cost, but the idea is to keep it to a minimum. Beyond that, we are aiming at following a business model inspired by Humble Bundle (a series of indie games) where the motto is "Pay what you like".Non-profit at its foundations
At its foundation the VPN will run as a non-profit. Hence, the necessary operation costs will not include any pay for us working and maintaining the VPN. As individuals though, we are dependent on an income to live. We will rely on donations to keep us out of other work. If we reach a point where operation costs are easily covered by the users, while still maintaining a minimum cost pr. user, the VPN might evolve into a stabile workers-owned firm and service. All this means is that we who will work and maintain the VPN will include a salary for ourselves in the operation costs. At no point, though, should the VPN turn into a proprietary firm, in which case a profit would go into the hands of a shareholder or other similar entity. The strenght of a workers-owned cooperative is that profits will go directly to the people developing and maintaining the service.What we need to setup the service
Right now we are in a building phase, getting the group together. We are primarily looking for these things:
1. Support. Tell us what you think of our idea!
2. We will be running the service out of Copenhagen, but are setting up a company in Iceland. Do you know someone who can be our contact in Iceland?
3. Advice as how to integrate BTC as the primary currency of a company.
4. Advice from someone with concrete experience with setting up a VPN server.
5. Funding. BTC can be donated here: 18xvpTePnJtCDJiQGsMgUbD4TTheH3znVa
Please comment here or write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EDIT: Updated with a description of what a VPN is and some explanatory graphics.