Clockwise from top-right: Vitalik, Janislav, Cody, Pieter, Amir, Mihai and Pablo
Dark Wallet is a new lineage
We love Bitcoin, and the power it gives for trade and social connections.
There is so much untapped power in Bitcoin. You know the saying "we only use 10% of our brain's power"?
We probably use less than 1% of what is possible with Bitcoin!
We want to start with a simple premise: Bitcoin in your browser. We want a beautiful experience
with privacy features built in by default.
This wallet will serve as a platform or a starting codebase to deliver a high quality Bitcoin
that serves you, the users.
Vitalik Buterin. Author of Pybitcointools and writer on a wide range of technical topics for Bitcoin Magazine.
Janislav Malahov. Web developer with an interest in Bitcoin's role on the web platform.
Cody Wilson. Author of 3D printable gun, DEFCAD and DarkWallet director.
Pieter Hintjens. Experienced developer and community manager for ZeroMQ (which we use extensively in our infrastructure).
Amir Taaki. Developer of first full reimplementation of Bitcoin. Organiser of 2011 Prague and 2012 London conferences. Co-founded first UK Bitcoin exchange Intersango.
Extensively involved in wallet development.
Mihai Alisie. Editor in chief for Bitcoin Magazine, and project developer for Egora.
Pablo Martin. Developer of first trustless mixer for laundering Bitcoins, created independent full Python implementation of ZeroMQ and developer of encrypted phone technology.
Santiago Mendez. Sysop and infrastructure support for Lorea project and Obelisk Bitcoin servers.
Robert Williamson. libbitcoin C++ systems developer and electrical engineer. Created APIs and various tools for Bitcoin development.
Mike Gogulski. Project coordinator and community manager.
Kyle Drake. Author of Coinpunk, open source self-deployable web wallet with client-side encryption.
DarkWallet, Electrum and Hive are seeking to work together in creating a unified offering.
We must preserve Bitcoin's principles of privacy and freedom of financial speech
"Yes, [we will not find a solution to political problems in cryptography,] but we can win a major battle in the arms race and gain a new territory of freedom for several years. Governments are good at cutting off the heads of a centrally controlled networks like Napster, but pure P2P networks like Gnutella and Tor seem to be holding their own." - Satoshi Nakamoto
Many prominent Bitcoin developers are actively in collusion with members of law enforcement and seeking approval from government legislators. We believe this is not in Bitcoin user's self interest, and instead serves wealthy business interests that make up the self-titled Bitcoin Foundation.
We don't know the full extent of Bitcoin developer collusion with governments and legislators who seek to coopt this world changing technology that threatens established power hierarchies.
Here are some examples of pushing through rushed changes to Bitcoin when Bitcoin should remain pure, simple and focused as a protocol/standard.
This kind of careless debasement of the Bitcoin standard goes against the principles of Satoshi, and risks turning Bitcoin into a huge bloated standard that is enormously complex and difficult for any one group or person to understand. If we don't retain the power to code our own versions of Bitcoin, then we will always be dependent on a select few developers.
Want more proof that governments and states are corrupt? Read the plethora of dumps from Manning and Snowden. Nothing good will come to Bitcoin from collaborating with US government and law enforcement. If our developers are allies of those groups, then they are not working for Bitcoin users.
- During the initial stages of the Snowden leaks being made public, Obama claimed "We don't have a domestic spying program" and "There is no spying on Americans"
- "Five eyes" strategic alliance of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA aims to achieve Total Information Awareness. Such programmes were shut down due to fears of mass surveillance, but were continued through covert operations under different names.
- Data is stored in multiple mega facilities such as the Utah Data Center, a $1.5 billion megaproject.
- In a single month (30 days), the NSA spied on 70.3 million phone calls in France. This is a record for a single month in one country, so we can only speculate on the full scale of spying we don't yet know about.
- Another document revealed the US spy agency intercepted 60.5m phone calls in Spain between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013.
- Details emerge of surveillance and wire-tapping of German officials. Obama claims he would not have allowed such a programme if he knew of its existance.
- More details emerge showing the programme was authorised by Obama personally 3 years ago, and that agents report directly to the president.
- NSA presentation slides on iPhone location services, which call iPhone users as "zombies" drawing parallels to 1984. Brazenly mocks you, the customer for mindlessly sleepwalking into their trap.
Keep Bitcoin private and uncensored. Both properties go hand in hand. You need anonymity for personal freedom. A free society does not censor any one person's voice (or monetary vote), no matter how uncomfortable that makes us feel.
Too many Bitcoin developers are focused on Bitcoin as a cheaper
payments mechanism to make their lives more convenient, but I feel
this is like looking at the totality of the internet as simply a tool
to make shopping easier. It's worth so much more!
We must preserve the principles of Satoshi Nakamoto.
To learn more about the complex systems that underlie society, see the BBC documentary titled "The Secret Life of Chaos".
The future is bright. The future is crypto.
We haven't even begun to explore the possibilities that the blockchain brings us. The purpose of this project as we develop our technological capabilities will be to explore blockchain hyperspace creating p2p, crypto and opensource software that delivers this new world to you, the user, the king, the pioneer.
- Auto-anonymiser for your Bitcoins.
- Broadcasters to avoid triangulation of your financial transactions.
- Automatic fee discovery. Ability to set a tradeoff between confirmation time and fee size.
- Decentralised market discovery mechanisms.
- Distributed identity.
- Distributed reputation.
- Encrypted messaging.
- Private asset issuance.
- Decentralised trading.
- Semi-persistant storage mechanisms. Such things could lead to an uncensored fast encrypted web. The holy grail of cipherspace.
- Timestampped proof of ownership.
- Encrypted shop-fronts.
- Contracts, escrow, cooperatives, alternate ownership models, ...
- Decentralised market places (ala Silk Road).
- Uncensorable crowdfunding platforms, stock platforms and information blackmarkets.
- Highly scalable blockchain infrastructure.
We want to start an exploration in turning these rough
concepts into usable privacy products for the people. Working tools (not prototypes) that are useful and relevant. Bring on the future!
We don't need to cooperate with control freaks
This is a new moment in our history. We search for answers. We look
to the past, to old dogmas and visions which seem to cloud our judgement
further, leave us feeling conflicted and cause tension between
We need to take a step back to simple premises, and examine what
we're setting out to achieve. I want to see less powerful and wealthy
interests coercing and dominating the world. I want to see more
challenges to hegemony and corruption. We need to own our management,
with decision making taking place on a local level where choices on
contribution, allocation of resources, … are made.
Free software tools like Bitcoin gift us the possibility to self
manage our resources, and the power to decide how to expend common funds
for public goods.
The United States was originally organised by the founding fathers as
a federation of states. Recently freed from English tyranny, they sought
to construct a fair and equal system that did not subjugate free
By constructing our societies as a federation of communities, each
providing different models and alternatives within them, we can
transcend collectivised straitjacketing and decentralise the system.
More free choice for the people. This isn't the same as free choice for
the consumers as consumerism is a passive ideology, but instead requires
active participation. You are involved in the creation, maintenance and
participation. Responsibility no longer comes from states but resides within
you, the individual.
Technology tools are already obsoleting the old democratic systems.
In Berlin, the German PirateParty is creating a platform for self
determination called LiquidFeedback. Elsewhere we are seeing the
development of a variety of communication (such as BitMessage), markets
and self governance systems.
If we are a bit more socially aware and smarter in our personal
decisions (involving economic, life, relationships, …) then we can self
organise together. We can outcompete the states by providing services
like food, energy, housing, healthcare, education and transport.
Services that are better and more aligned with the world we want to see.
And by putting our ideals into practice everyday we can make our vision
Most importantly, people come first, not fixed ideologies. Strength
through diversity. We are on one planet, and have to co-exist with
different viewpoints. If we can't find a consensus then we'll need to
fight, and there are better things to be doing with my time. It's about
your community, your proposals, your actions against other groups and
The reality today is a fragmented market with increasing
centralisation. Corporations influence government policy to confer
advantage and erect walled gardens against their competitors. This is
not a good use of resources. The consequence of our centrally managed
economic system is states that want to centralise everything. Europe is
trying now to create a unified economic zone with disastrous results,
including a growing obsession with surveillance and control.
Opensource offers an alternative. A free market ideal of
collaboration based around the UNIX principle of building a brick that
does one thing well, creating open ecosystems that emphasise integration
and creating fair competitive markets.
We don't need to cooperate with control freaks. Disobedience is the only way.