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[Table] IAmA dark web expert, investigative journalist and true crime author. I’ve met dark web kingpins in far flung prisons and delved the murky depths of child predator forums. I’ve written six books and over a dozen Casefile podcast episodes. AMA (part 1/2)

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Have you ever gotten into legal trouble by exploring the dark places of the internet? Like, "sorry, officer, I was only surfing drug markets and child molester forums for my next journalism piece..." Do you worry about that? Do you have to take extra steps to protect yourself? I'm very careful not to go anywhere that it is illegal to visit. You will hear loads of stories about how easy it is to "stumble upon" child porn, but the fact is that those sites usually have names like "Preteen cuties" so you know exactly what they are, and in order to access them you have to register. So you have to make a very deliberate choice to log into them. I have no interest whatsoever in viewing any child abuse material, so I don't go into those places. When I was researching The Darkest Web, I went to the discussion forums that didn't allow any images (though they did link to sites that did), and even there I turned off images.
As for the drugs, weapons etc, there is nothing illegal about surfing them and looking around.
I do get a bit nervous every time I visit the US, especially when I was invited to a "friendly" lunch with Homeland Security once (it was reasonably friendly as it turns out, it was also terrifying)
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Why did homeland security want to talk to you? They said it was about the murder-for-hire stuff, but some of the questions leaned toward something else
Is there anything that really concerns you about the dark web? Some of the things already discussed are beyond barbaric and that is only the stuff that has been found out about and been picked up by the media and your fantastic work. Do you think the public should expect worse and more horrific revelations from the dark web or is it just "more of the same" for lack of a better term and do you think the authorities are getting better in shutting this inhumanity down and catching the people responsible? I am definitely not against people taking back their online privacy and I actually think that buying drugs from the darknet markets is a safer and more sensible option than buying them from the dodgy dealer down the road. However the one thing that is really disturbing is that the dark web has provided a place for child predators to find each other and form communities where they support and egg each other on. Imagine a few years ago, someone who was into hurtcore could never tell anyone else and would be unlikely to ever come across another person with the same perversions. Now it is as simple as finding the relevant site on the dark web. When there are suddenly hundreds of people who all think and act in the same way, it normlalizes what they are doing.
One of the guys who got caught, Matthew Falder, was a sadist who used to crowdsource "ideas" for torturing the children and teens he was blackmailing into doing heinous things for him online. But apparently he was a "normal" intelligent popular guy
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But how does everyone participate in those illegal sites without getting caught? You said in other comments that you tried to stay away from underaged sites because they were illegal. Can't they be tracked down, even with tor and a vpn? The thing that I don't understand is that even on the dark web people say you should stay away from illegal sites, but how are pedos not getting caught? they are getting caught, but the way they are getting caught is through painstaking detective work, looking for clues in photos, befriending them online and getting them to reveal things about themselves (what is known as social engineering). It takes a long time and many resources.
I say don't go there because (a) it is illegal and (b) you really shouldn't want to go there
Iirc you attended the trial of the person behind the horrific hurt core website that was exposed a few years back. I was wondering if there was anything in particular that happened during the trial that particularly shocked or horrified you that isn't really public knowledge or talked about? Reactions from the judge or perpetrator during the trial etc. As I remember it the guy was a fairly young loner who lived with his parents but would probably never have been expected to be behind the horrific vile things which he was found to be. Also, how did you get into investigative journalism/writing? I wrote in one of the other replies above about the little mute girl that has stayed with me. Also, at the insistence of the prosecution, the judge had to watch "Daisy's Destruction" which was a video of torture of a toddler. He put it off for two days and when he came back he was white. He didn't have the sound on, which is considered the worst part, but he still looked shell-shocked. I don't envy him.
I'll cut'n'paste re your last question: I was in London, working for one of the most conservative law firms in the world when the Global Financial Crisis hit. I liked the job but it struck me when people were losing their livelihoods that I was working for the bad guys. I'd always wanted to be a writer so when I came back to Australia I quit law and enrolled in a writing course planning to be a novelist, but I discovered I was better at journalism. I first wrote for newspapers here about Silk Road and it grew from there
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Thanks for the reply.. that really must've been horrific for all involved from investigation to trial and for all of the victims (apart from the scum responsible of course). I guess it would be naive to assume that the end of this site did anything other than drive this depraved community even further underground. That is the part which is really scary to me but I suppose all we can do is have faith that the authorities are always close on the tail. Thank you for your work on reporting on this and raising this stuff more into the public consciousness and making people more aware of what kind of evil still lurks. It was the most disturbing two days of my life, made all the worse because they read out hours of interactions from the site where the children still had not been identified or the predators caught.
Hurt2theCore was not the last site of its kind and there are still hurtcore sites to this day on the dark web. The one hopeful thing is that there are international task forces that seem to work together really well (unlike when it comes to drugs and every law enforcement agency wants to take the lead and they all withhold info from each other). There are a lot of resources allocated to identifying predators and their victims. Sometimes this has involved some very controversial tactics, such as taking over the sites and letting them run, so that they can use social engineering techniques to identify those who are using the sites and who are actually abusing children
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So daisy's destruction is real? Was it referred to by that name court? I always thought it was a myth Yes, Daisy's Destruction is real, it was referred to by name in court and the judge had to watch the 12 minutes of it that were hosted on Hurt2theCore.
The "myth" part is that it shows a murder. The toddler, Daisy, lived, though she suffered such horrific injuries she will never be able to bear children. Hopefully she was young enough that she will grow up without the memory.
However, Scully did murder at least one child, whose body was found under the floorboards of his house. it is not known whether he filmed her murder as no video evidence of it has come to light.
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Thanks for answering. I actually watched a really good video on Hurt2theCore on youtube once, I think it was by a guy called Nexpo. It was really detailed and informative about the whole case - I forgot those details. Thanks again for replying, this AMA is really informative! I think I recall that one, it was from a few years ago.
An excellent podcast that came out recently is "Hunting Warhead", highly recommend a listen. It is a tough listen, but exceptionally well-told and respectfully handled
How do you detach yourself from your work? I'm an investigator for a law firm and I've had a lot of difficult working on wrongful death cases recently. Also, how did you first end up getting published? Any tips for people interested in that field? Thanks! I don't detach. When I was researching hurtcore, it was harrowing and affected me deeply. Writing that part of the book was a very slow process because I just couldn't be in that headspace for very long at a time. Once the book was written I didn't go back there.
I already had a reputation as a blogger and a freelance journalist when i pitched my book on Silk Road. I got an agent and it was auctioned off, with Pan MacMillan getting the rights. At the time, Silk Road was still going strong, and the book I wrote was about this new frontier of drug dealing that was changing the world. I was writing it "from the inside" as I had been an active part of the community for two years. However, right as I submitted the final manuscript to my publisher, Silk Road was busted and Ross Ulbricht arrested, so i had to quickly change the narrative to a "Rise and Fall" thing!
How many times have you approached law enforcement with information and how many times has the approach resulted in action? and... are there times where you know something nefarious is happening but history and the evidence at hand tells you it's not worth the effort? There is no point in approaching law enforcement to say "I have come across this site". If I've found it, you can guarantee law enforcement has found it as well.
The only time I've approached law enforcement was when I had information that they did not, which was when a friendly hacker provided me with a back door into the Besa Mafia murder-for-hire site. I got to see all the messages and orders etc. Of course LE knew about the site, but they did not have the details of the people who had hits taken out on them. We tried desperately to tell police in several countries that real people had paid real money to have other real people killed, but they just weren't interested. We sounded like crazy people talking about dark web hitmen, who were scams anyway and nobody was dead, so why should they be interested? They became much more engaged when one of the people WE HAD PREVIOUSLY TOLD THEM ABOUT later turned up dead
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By law enforcement, do you mean only local or else the big agencies? I feel like I wouldn't tell my local police department because they wouldn't really know what to do. It would have to the the bigger agencies. FBI in US. NCA in UK. AFP in Australia. Nobody was very interested, although the FBI did visit at least one of the targets to let her know she was a target. She still wound up dead
What are some of the most prevalent uses of the dark web that AREN'T all shady and nefarious? We might be getting into semantics here, but people use Tor, which is the most possible darknet that is used to access the dark web, just for private browsing and ensuring that commercial interests aren't following them everywhere to bombard them with ads for some thing they looked up.
Some of the news organizations have a dark web presence so that whistleblowers can upload information safely. Even the CIA has a site on the dark web so that people can anonymously tip off matters of national security.
Other than that, there are just forums, where you don't have to worry that every single stupid thing you post will be saved in posterity forever, to be trotted out years later when you run for congress or something
After everything you've seen, does anything surprise you anymore or are you just numb to it at this point? Do you think there should be more education/exposure about the dark web than there is now or would that just be counter-productive as people would just find another place to hide? I'm curious to hear any favourite stories about the Psychonauts. I am not numb and I hope I never become numb. I really don't visit the horrible dark places very often, unless I'm researching something specific, and even then I don't look at pictures or videos. Most of the crime is pretty benign - I'm not fazed by people wanting a safer way to buy drugs.
I think there needs to be ongoing discussions about online activity and its misuse in general, but most crime still happens on the clearnet. The dark web is not nearly as large or prevalent as people fear.
For a long time, a dealer provided free LSD to anyone who wanted it for personal use (ie not sale) and to any organizations who were doing psychedelic therapy.
One psychonaut got busted and spent time in prison... only he still had bitcoin in a wallet and by the time he was released he was a millionaire. He would have just spent it on drugs otherwise :)
I know law enforcement has to delve into the predator side of the dark web. With what you've seen do you think it should be mandatory or an industry standard that law enforcement officials seek professional help? I couldn't imagine investigating that daily and not thinking less of humanity at some point. I'm pretty sure they do. I worked for Legal Aid for a while, and i know there were pretty strict rules in place for the lawyers who had to defend child abusers.
When I was at the trial for Lux, owner of Hurt2theCore, I met a cop whose job it was to watch all the videos and befriend the predators in an attempt to get them to slip up and reveal something of themselves. She said she had a little filing cabinet in her brain where she put all that stuff, and that making an arrest made it all worthwhile. She had made several arrests personally. She was a sex offender's worst nightmare :)
What’s one of your personal favorite investigations and what made it unique for you? By far the Besa Mafia murder-for-hire case. What made it unique was that, first, I was provided a back door into the Besa Mafia site by a friendly hacker, so i had information that nobody else had. But then I became "friends" for want of a better word with the owner of the site, Yura. Besa Mafia, of course, was not killing anyone, but Yura made a LOT of money scamming would-be murderers out of their money. We entered into a weird relationship over the years where i would report on his activities and he would try every trick under the sun to stop me from doing so, so that he could keep scamming people. He even offered me a job, helping him, because he had become so busy. He also provided me with names and details of people who had hits taken out on them so I could pass them on to law enforcement.
It all became horribly real when one of the people who had a hit put out of them wound up dead. It wasn't Yura of course, but the guy had paid him $13K before giving up on the site and doing it himself. The thing was WE HAD TOLD THE FBI about the hit and the $13K and they visited the victim, but then put it into the too-hard basket when she couldn't think who might have paid that much to kill her.
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Wow. That’s actually pretty cool. Reminds me of an old saying. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” It's a seriously bizarre relationship. When I was hired as a consultant by CBS for a 48 Hours expose on dark web hitmen, he actually agreed to meet me in London. But he thought that CBS was going to advertise his site as the real deal and he got excited and sent them details of two people who had hits put out on them. CBS sent them straight to the police and very shortly after two arrests were made and it was all over the news, where they called his site a scam. Yura got so pissed about it, he never turned up to our meeting. They had even hired an Academy Award-nominated master of disguise makeup artist to disguise him!
are "red rooms" actually a prevalent thing, or just a widespread misconception or rumor? I ask in part because it's very easy to see, for instance, Mexican cartels dismembering people alive, etc, just on the clearnet. Hell, a couple days ago I saw a video posted of a cartel member cutting out a dude's heart while the guy was alive, and he ATE it. He fucking ATE it. So it seems plausible... The most popular myth of all is Red Rooms, where people – usually women – are tortured to death live on camera while those who have paid to watch type in torture commands in a chat box. Think the movie Hostel, with webcams. In this sense these have never been proven to exist. I get where you are coming from with the cartels, and the recent news item where they found those shipping containers set up with torture rooms freaked me out and made me wonder!
There is some truth to this rumour, but the execution is not like you see in the movies. Most notably, because it involves children, not adults abused on demand for paying pedophiles, but not to the point of death
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The news about those shipping containers really made me speculate, since for every one person who gets caught doing something evil, there must be at least several more people who are very honed in their 'profession' doing the same evil deeds and worse, yet who evade being captured for decades. Anyway, based on morbid things I've seen, karma comes around eventually... I know, right? It really freaked me out, and then when I read that they already had intended victims for them but the police got to them first and put them in protected custody.. IMAGINE SEEING THOSE PICTURES AND KNOWING YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN THEM!! I would retire to a deserted island somewhere
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Your line of work could easily result in something like C-PTSD down the road a little ways. I have a morbid curiosity, and have seen worse than those shipping containers had to offer. I'm sure you have as well. So one more question from you, if you don't mind: what are some proactive approaches to mental health you take to safeguard your sanity? A lot of wine. Cuddle my dog
Hi, there! This has been fascinating to read; thank you so much for sharing! I'm curious: why do you think so many people who don't want to engage with disgusting and illegal content like hurtcore find it so interesting to read about? Do you have any insight into your readership and the ethics associated with reading about these kind of topics? I think morbid fascination with the dark is exceedingly common - just look at how many people can't get enough about serial killers! In some ways it is probably a self-defense mechanism - the vast majority of true-crime readers are women. People like to be armed with knowledge. We also like to be spooked and scared.
As for my books, I don't really go into much gory detail, but the horror still shines through
Out of all 9-5 jobs out there, why this? What’s your motive? I got disenchanted by being a lawyer and I had wanted to be an author since childhood. The lawyering put me in a strong enough financial position that I could quit to do a uni course for a couple of years. My plan was to become a best-selling novelist, but my first chick-lit novel was nothing special. However, during the course, I found I did really well at journalism and was soon making a living as a freelance journo before I finished the course. My first major feature was on the Silk Road drugs market, which I had discovered thanks to a friend who was using it. Once I got in there I became fascinated by everything about it and started contacting the owner, users, vendors etc asking for stories (I was upfront about who I was). I began the first serious dark web blog - allthingsvice.com - and also became the go-to freelancer for Australian dark web stories. Then I pitched my first book and got a healthy advance for it.
I like working for myself, working from home and delving into things. Right now I have my dream job (though it wouldn't hurt to pay a bit more. I'm certainly not making anywhere near what I used to make lawyering, but I make enough to get by and I live pretty simply)
Did you ever do any writing on Brian Farrell and his role in Silk Road 2.0? I was Brian's cellmate for all of 2017 at Sheridan Federal Prison and heard all of his crazy stories. Was just curious as to the validity of them all. DoctorClu! I did write briefly about him in Silk Road, but it wasn't all positive. I remember being frustrated by the shitshow that was Silk Road 2.0 in the beginning, right after SR1 shut and when DPR2 took off and Defcon got all dramatic. It settled down after a bit and lasted a year, when it was revealed THEY HAD A FUCKING UNDERCOVER HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICER ON STAFF THE WHOLE TIME. But yeah, anyhow, they are probably true. I'd love to hear them :)
Was there ever something on the dark web that made you surprised ( in a good way) and smile ? So many things. Back in the day of the original Silk Road, I became obsessed with the forums, the people behind it, the intelligent discourse about the War on Drugs and philosophy. I found it amusing that drug dealers ran sales and giveaways. There were book clubs and movie clubs.
One of the most important people from that era was Dr Fernando Cauevilla, who became a member of Silk Road as "DoctorX". He was a real doctor who provided genuine, free, non-judgmental advice about drug use to the members of the site. It was quite an amazing time.
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Did Ulbricht get taken down the way we were told in the news? What happened to all the Bitcoins? His arrest went down the way we were told in the news. How they located the server has never been disclosed (other than a fanciful explanation that NOBODY could believe). This explanation may be tested if Variety Jones runs a Fourth Amendment argument at his trial
The bitcoin in the wallet on Ross' computer was auctioned off by the Feds. He may have other bitcoin wallets stashed somewhere but nobody knows
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Book/movie clubs on the silk road? Yeah, they would set reading and then everyone would come back and discuss the book, or they would have a time when everyone watched the same movie at the same time and chatted about it in real time
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Haha that's amazing! I don't suppose you remember any of the books in question? They used to be a lot of philosophy books, especially on agorism. A Lodging of Wayfaring Men was one of the books. I remember V for Vendetta on a movie night
You don't seem to be pushing your most recent project and you're actually answering all the questions people ask, so I've got ask...are you some sort of government plant meant to destabilize reddit? This isn't how AMAs are supposed to work. You come in, you half ass a few questions, hawk whatever you're here to hawk, and then leave after 20 minutes. That's how it's done. lol I'm a genuine redditor from way back, and I love talking about the stuff I do. I did find that after I answered a question in an AskReddit thread a while back that blew up, the sales followed. But that was organic and I don't think you can force it to happen - Reddit can spot that a mile awy
What are some of the best things about the dark web? And can anyone get on it? Things you can buy that you can’t buy normally online? I really enjoy some of the forums, especially the psychonaut forums where people who like to trip on psychedelics get together and talk drugs and philosophy. There's a real "be kind to one another" vibe.
Getting on the dark web is easy, but not getting scammed when buying things takes a lot of homework. Yes, you can buy most things, but the most popular things are drugs and digital goods, i.e. things that depend on repeat custom and are easily transferable from seller to buyer
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[deleted] You're doing the Good Work my man. I'd give you one of those awards if i knew how
What would you define the word "Safe" when it come to the internet (both www and dark web) world and are there any tips that I should follow to keep myself safe? It really depends on what YOU mean by safe. Tor, which is the darknet that provides access to the dark web will keep you safe from prying eyes and surveillance.
If you mean keep your information safe, the old-fashioned advice is to never reuse your password and to enable 2-Factor authentication wherever you can. Your information is quite likely somewhere on the dark web thanks to high-profile hacks of major organizations, but provided you don't re-use usernames and passwords, you really don't have to worry too much about it.
If you mean keeping yourself and/or any kid safe from predators, the only thing is to ensure you are educated about the approaches and methods they use.
Has Covid affected the Dark Web in any real way? Also I just read through all of the post comments, what incredible story’s. I would totally buy a book about the Silk Road or Yaru! re covid on the dark web, here's some notes I made for an interview I did recently:
* when Trump first hyped hydroxychloroquine as a potential miracle cure for COVID-19, drug dealers on the dark web seized on the claim.
* Listings quickly popped up on the most popular darknet markets
* A vendor on Whitehouse Market sells 100 Pills for $90, calling it a “Miracle Drug For Coronavirus” and suggesting buyers purchase in bulk to sell at a mark-up locally.
* Another makes the dubious claim “This drug will help people to beat Corona Virus” There are 11 listings on Empire Market currently, although more than half are from the one seller, who is a well-known and trusted vendor on the site.
* There were also people claiming to be selling infected blood or plasma of recovered COVID victims
* The infected blood stuff is just bullshit IMO Just because something is listed doesn’t mean it is genuinely for sale
* There's been some claims to be selling vaccines
* At the beginning there were also loads of listings for PPE
* some just used it as a marketing tactic - “fight off the virus with edible cannabis” or “relax with Xanax” and others as an excuse to raise their prices
* However, sales are low compared to sales of other drugs on the site, so it is difficult to say whether it’s something that will really catch on
* It didn’t take long for complaints to come in and market owners to clamp down on anything claiming to be a miracle cure or vaccine
* users were discouraging other users from profiting off the pandemic and requested markets provide health and safety information
* All the major markets forbid anything being sold as a cure for COVID. They flagged keywords and vendors would be told to take any listings down. They also put out PSAs telling people not to buy
* Monopoly: threatened to ban and.. “You are about to ingest drugs from a stranger on the internet - under no circumstances should you trust any vendor that is using COVID-19 as a marketing tool to peddle already questionable goods”
* It was a business decision. They don’t want anything that will attract attention or that might cause desperate people who wouldn’t normally use the DNMs to find their way there
* The idea behind DNMs generally is educated and responsible drug use. They really don’t want people dying - bad publicity and no repeat custom
* However the dark web is rife with scammers and people willing to prey on the desperate so there are still scams out there
* The only way I could ever see it becoming a thing is if there is a well-known potential cure/vaccine that is not being made widely available and could plausibly find its way onto the black market
Hi Eileen :) My question is about how you construct your Casefile episodes - I assume there is an extensive amount of outlining but do you write the final draft like a script specifically thinking about his voice? And about how long are they as far as - for example - does one hour equal 50-60 pages? Thank you. I initially write them as if I'm writing an article or book, but then go back and edit them to be read out and yes, when I do that, I do have his voice in my head lol. One episode is usually around 12,000 words. It then goes to another editor who edits the episode to be even more "casefileaa' before it finally goes to Casey
Have you been exposed to things in your investigations that have made you second-guess what you do? If so, what has made you keep going back? i've definitely had days where I question everything, but to be honest, I don't really hang around the horrible really dark places much. I did delve into the child predator forums when I was writing The Darkest Web, but I don't make it a habit to go there. The psychonauts are much more friendly
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To continue with that- have you clicked images, links that make you a suspect in certain scenarios? Oh absolutely. Sometimes I go to a "Fresh Onion" site, which is a site that crawls all the .onion addresses (dark web URLs end in .onion rather than .com, org etc) and alerts you to any new ones. Sometimes they don't have any description, so you take a big risk clicking on any of those. The most dangerous button on the dark web is the "Random Onion" button, so I avoid that.
I'm pretty careful about what I click, but the moment something looks questionable I nope the fuck right out of there
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Have you ever felt that you may be a suspect whether it be ok a drug site, a pedo site, etc. Have you ever been contacted by someone regarding your surfing habits? Well my actual surfing habits are protected by Tor, which means they are hidden from prying eyes, so no I haven't been contacted about them. I am very open on the dark web about who I am and what I'm doing there - I use the name OzFreelancer on all of the markets and forums. I don't go to the sites that host child abuse images - you can't un-see that shit and I don't need it in my head.
As noted in another reply, I was contacted by Homeland Security on one of my visits to the US and taken for a "friendly" lunch.
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Psychonauts are more friendly than most people. Something about regular mind altering experiences makes you want to be less of a cunt. Yeah, I call The Majestic Garden a little corner of sunshine and rainbows on the dark web :)
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More about The Majestic Garden please? What is grown there? It's a place where people talk about and source psychedelics - most notably LSD, the 2C family, DMT and MDMA. Talk about and sourcing harder drugs is forbidden. In fact the admins snuck in an autocorrect so that any time someone wrote the word "cocaine" it would post as "a raging hardon" :D
Do you fear that seeing all this stuff might turn you emotionally blunt? I'm not watching any of this stuff on purpose (even the clearnet stuff), because I fear that the more you see of it, the more normal it gets, and ultimately, the more it will fuck you up. To quote the movie 8mm... "If you dance with the devil, the devil don't change. The devil changes you." No, I can't even watch "3 Guys 1 Hammer" in its entirety, let alone look at the really dark materials on the dark web. When I was researching The Darkest Web, going into the predator forums did the opposite of making me blunt. It was the shortest section of the book but took the longest to write because it was so emotionally draining
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I have to ask, what is "3 Guys 1 Hammer"? It's a video of two teenagers murdering an innocent man with a hammer that went viral on the gore sites of the regular internet. It's truly horrible.
The teens killed over 20 people. I wrote about them in my book Psycho.com (excuse the plug)
I heard somewhere that you foster dogs. Is that something you do to counter all the terrible humans you encounter in your research - everyone knows how dogs are better than people. How many dogs have you fostered and which one was your favourite? After my dog died I knew I didn't want to have another dog as I wanted to travel more. So I thought fostering dogs would be the answer as you give them love for a few weeks and then they go to their forever home. My first foster, Roy, was a big fat failure and now he lives here and sleeps in our bed and is the most spoiled dog alive
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Did you then just decide to quit travelling? I don't know anything about Roy, but I already think I love him. Nah, he has family he can stay with when I go away, but any major travelling has been thwarted by COVID for now anyway. I'm in a hard lockdown city.
And I'm sure Roy would love you too, u/suckmyhugedong
Given how much you know about the dark web, what kind of crazy awful nightmares have you had? This could be a really good one. Thank you Probably the worst thing was delving into the forums where child predators gathered. I never looked at any videos or photos, but just seeing their discussions sickened me. The one thing that keeps coming back to me came out of the sentencing hearing that I attended of Lux, owner of Hurt2theCore, considered the most heinous website in history. In court they read out a conversation between him and an abuser who made videos of torture of the mute disabled child in his care. They were joking "at least she won't be able to tell anyone" . the abuser wasn't caught, at least by that stage
As an indie author, how have you sourced freelancers? Did you seek out those that have specific expertise or did you work with editors from your time as a traditionally published author? I learned to do everything myself before I started outsourcing.
I work with a professional editor who happens to be a friend of mine from back when we did a writing course together. I've been doing my own covers, but now that I have some royalties coming in, I've engaged a professional cover artist from Reedsy to develop a brand and more professional-looking covers for me. It is the hardest thing to find people you really want to work with and who are in budget.
I still haven't got the hang of email lists, newsletters or a website - they are all in a total mess at the moment and I'd love to find someone who can do them, but again it is that problem of finding the right person who is within budget
is it true that most of the internet is in the "dark web"? if so about how much percent is it? By far the biggest myth is that it 10x larger than the Internet. I mean, this should be common sense anyway, but it gets propagated by tabloid media all the time. It stems a lot from people using the terms "deep web" and "dark web" interchangably when they are different things.
The statement that 90% (or thereabouts) of the internet is hidden is true, and it is called the deep web (not the dark web). The 90% that is hidden is all those pages you won’t get to using google or any other search engines. There’s nothing scary about that – in fact it works in your favour.
The easiest example is your bank. The bank’s major page is available to anyone who searches the web (part of the 10%, also known as the “clearweb”). But once you log in, all those pages you can access that contain your personal details? Not searchable on google. Each one of those pages is part of the 90% of the deep web. Business and government intranets also make up part of the deep web. Honestly, it’s nothing to worry about.
The dark web – the hidden services available through Tor and other anonymising programs – makes up a tiny fraction of the deep web. A really, really tiny fraction. It is infinitely smaller than the clearweb.
Do you think human trafficking happens on the dark web? Last year (I think) there was a really bizarre story here in the UK about a model who was supposedly kidnapped to order, drugged and transported overseas by a group called "Black Death". The official story is that BD doesn't exist, and the kidnapper was a fantasist. Is it likely that humans are bought and sold into slavery over the dark web? There are no slick websites with auctions for slaves on the dark web, but I have no doubt that human traffickers use dark web encryption to communicate.
(here comes the second plug for the thread) - I wrote about the kidnap of Chloe Ayling and the Black Death Group in Murder on the Dark Web
What ever happened to the plural of mongoose storyline? it seems like after he was arrested in the united states, his case just fizzled away. did you ever find out any more information about yuri after he cancelled the interview with a news program? what happened with peter scully's case? i read that there was a fire where a lot of evidence against him was held and it all went up in smoke. are there any character and/or personality storylines that you feel haven't been told or are still a complete mystery? eg. tony76 1. He is still in the MCC in NY and awaiting trial. It has taken a long time because he had terrabytes of information to go through and things would have slowed down due to covid. I understand he is running the Fouth Amendment argument that Ulbricht probably should have run in the first place
2. I last heard from Yura just a few weeks ago. He is still scamming. There are some more programs in the works about him
3. Yes there was a very convenient fire, but he still got sentenced to life and i hope he rots in hell
4. I am madly curious to know what is happening with the extradition of James Ellingson, aka “MarijuanaIsMyMuse”, aka "redandwhite", MAYBE aka Tony76. I would LOVE to know that full story!
the below is a reply to the above
Wow, this shit is a blast from the past. I used to love following the darknetmarket drama. Did you write about PoM and tony76 in one of your books? Ever since reddit shut down /darknetmarket I've been out of the loop. Yes, I wrote about them in The Darkest Web
I was in touch with PoM/Mongoose when he went on a posting rampage on MyPlanetGanja, then visited him in Bangkok prison several times. Wrote all about it :)
This may have been answered by a previous post pertaining to native language barriers to specific sites on the dark web, but in your investigations, did you come across content/pages/forums from warzones? Middle East, Burma, Afghanistan, etc? If yes, what was the most memorable bit? There are loads of sites in foreign languages, but it is too difficult for me (a one-language numpty) to attempt to translate through AI, and it is not worth hiring a translator when they could just turn out to be Cat Facts
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I found a bitcoin wallet on a computer in a self storage unit I bought at auction, is it mine.

I'n Texas
I buy storage units at auction. A few weeks ago I purchased a unit that I found a laptop in. On that laptop was a bitcoin wallet on. If I'd found a physical wallet full of cash in the unit I of course know that is legally mine. On the other hand If I'd gotten on the laptop and found the login information to their bank account, I know I don't have the right to that. So where legally does this type of wallet and the bitcoin fall?
Before I get the inevitable, no one leaves things that valuable in a storage unit. Yes, they do, and for a variety of reasons. In this case I did try and track down who this had belonged to previously. It belonged to an elderly couple both of whom have passed away. The husband was quite tech savy, (there was a good bit of computer equipment and electronics dating from the early 80s to the mid 2010's). He had a massive stroke about 5 years ago that left him severely disabled. The wife put everything in storage and they moved into assisted living. He passed away 3 years ago, and she last year. I spoke to people at that facility(didn't tell them about the bitcoin, just told them I had personal items like photos and old home movies I wanted to return). They never had children, and no one knew of any other living relatives.
Considering that, regardless I could probably get away with just cashing out the wallet since no one else probably knows about it. But I would like to know more on the off chance something like this happens again.

Edit: Some good points brought up here. Thinking maybe I should talk to a lawyer, but I figure not just any lawyer. What specialty in legal practice should I look for.
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Bitcoin Cash House seeks sponsorship for the work of the year 2020

Bitcoin Cash House seeks sponsorship for the work of the year 2020
We are organizing an important agenda in the city of Barquisimeto Venezuela, but also some important trips to expand our margin of action, we want to travel to 2 other cities of Venezuela where they are asking us for advice on all companies that want to enter the world, they want to do it with protocols of corporate documents and office management

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As you read this publication you will realize what we will do with companies and businesses with a solid argument to accelerate the adoption of Bitcoin Cash
The conditions of Venezuela are different from the conditions of other countries.
After having done a survey in several shopping centers in the city, we noticed a very curious fact, and you surely heard that things are getting better in Venezuela; Well, if they are commercially improving the fact that the government decreed free convertibility of currencies facilitates the import and export processes for production in the country, also having greater freedom to send and bring merchandise door to door without going through customs increases the Production capacity of consumer items in Venezuela. This caused many businesses to start selling any product in the currency or currency they wanted.

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But perhaps the companies in Venezuela achieved the success or uprising they have thanks to the free conversion of $ to Bolivares? Well, not quite, remember that in Venezuela most of the dollars and euros are held by the government and the central bank of Venezuela, and citizens and businesses have minimal access to those dollars in auctions, so how did they achieve the lebantation? For the most part they achieved great profits with digital mining and obviously remittances from Venezuelans that managed to bring no less than $ 3,000 after working for 3 or 4 years outside the country.
Digital mining and remittances, but not adoption.
In fact, those businesses that adopt BTC or BCH or Dash in Venezuela do so because they do not undermine and because they are experiencing this new way of obtaining foreign exchange.
The fear of publishing the adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Of course before the petro, we who worked with cryptocurrencies did it clandestinely, with fear, and under the shadows of the persecution of the police or government military, we saw news where they extorted and imprisoned people for having mining machines, There were also very clandestine farms throughout the country and many hid well while others simply abandoned because they had already made profits

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And after having obtained thousands of dollars with digital mining, you opened a business to "legalize" the money you had, and as the main need of Venezuelans was the food you decided to open a food store, and as in Venezuela you only need 5,000 $ to open a business and earnings return in 3 months you would see profitable to open not one but two or three in several cities.

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But if you had this digital mining business would you accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment? And even worse would you publish it on your social networks? on your website?
Maduro invented cryptocurrencies
You don't do cryptocurrency adoption because after the petro launched by mature, people in Venezuela immediately demonized cryptocurrencies, and that was a very big leap in use and security for us who worked with crypto before petro but a blow to education and adoption of these throughout the country
But why was the petro a problem? well I even got to hear people who said that mature had invented cryptocurrencies. In a bitcoin cash fund meetups, one lady assured me that the Venezuelan government had invented the history of Satoshi Nakamoto to manipulate Venezuelans, and so I realized that I would have a very difficult job in Venezuela because unfortunately there is a lot of political distortion in the economy of ordinary Venezuelans
So if someone knows the business but people in the street are afraid of bitcoin then they do not adopt, and prefer to accept cryptocurrencies in a clandestine or private way, as most shops do, in my own city I know many businesses but They don't want to make it public, my task was a physical place to attract those business owners to learn what is the advantage of worldwide coverage of business adoption, because the fact that your store accepts bitcoin cash as a way Payment gives you the opportunity, for example, to accept payments in remittances for thousands of dollars from anywhere in the world.
Bitcoin Cash House appears to serve curious citizens and educate companies that want to use them
Nowadays when several stores do accept publicly on the street and thousands of them were forced by the government to accept the Petro cryptocurrency then some have had to learn in a forced way about the use and adoption of it, and unfortunately the government keeps under secret part of the rest of the operation of your cryptocurrency for political and security reasons.
Bitcoin Cash House wants to offer through its website and social networks accompanied by the large worldwide community advertising of businesses that accept bitcoin cash in their businesses, we also offer technical and legal advice on the protocols of administrative documents within their Companies to keep the records clear and orderly, because it is not only to open the Bitcoin.com wallet and already, in Venezuela everything is different, the constant supervision of government institutions makes businesses handle all sales carefully, so you have to offer constant advice, publicity and training, even for company workers.

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We have the idea of creating Cryptoactive Administration Offices in companies.
This would be an office attached or dependent on the Administration department that all the companies in the country have, and it can be done, completely legal and without many tratimes all they need is to have some cryptocurrency expert to manage the administration and operation of the cryptocurrencies .
With this, companies and businesses will have administrative and legal soundness when the government institutions ask them what they do with cryptocurrencies.
But to do this work we must do meetings with executives, educational business workshops, meetups with citizens and then attend to each one privately in the spaces of Bitcoin Cash House in the most splendid and luxurious Business Center of the City of Barquisimeto, and this is expensive to support with our daily work, the work we do is an ant but business meetings are taking place while the power goes out, while we walk and while there is the problem of gas shortages

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You can help us directly from this web page or if you want to agree on a plan with us you can write to the mail or enter the web page of the infographic
We thank all those who have supported the Bitcoin Cash House initiative in other parts of the world, as we grow we can also support those who want to activate a BCHouse in any country in the world.
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Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

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Donnerlab, an online gaming platform that builds lightning games and applications, lets gamers hunt for Bitcoin (BTC) and pick-up “Satoshi cubes.”
Shoot other players and collect satoshis
In a tweet on Nov. 19, Donnerlab announced the launch of its latest project, titled Bitcoin Bounty Hunt, a fully lightning-native multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game. The Lightning network is a payment protocol that allows for fast, micropayments between two so-called nodes — in this case, gamers.
Donnerlabs was founded by twenty-five-year-old Konstantin Nick after the 2018 Lightning Hackday in Munich, Germany, as a means to introduce the world’s largest cryptocurrency to more people.
The FPS game features an integrated neutrino wallet, where gamers can store coins in a noncustodial fashion, an ad space for Hodl-auctions, and of course the ability to kill off other players in order to collect bounties.
Bitcoin adoption through games
In October, Bitcoin-enabled games startup Satoshis Games announced the development of a Fortnite-like game with built-in Lightning Network microtransactions, titled Lightnite, where interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user.
The game reportedly updates in real-time when the player damages another player, gets damaged or picks up an item with BTC value and allows gamers to instantly withdraw their balance via Lightning Network when they wish to do so.
“Lightning network will drive Bitcoin to $250,000”
In November, the pro-cryptocurrency venture capitalist Tim Draper said that innovations such as the Lightning network would be key in propelling the Bitcoin price higher. Draper believes that Bitcoin could reach $250,000 by 2022 or 2023, in part due to “Bitcoin payment processors”, which “are really going to open the floodgates.”
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Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

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Donnerlab, an online gaming platform that builds lightning games and applications, lets gamers hunt for Bitcoin (BTC) and pick-up “Satoshi cubes.”

Shoot other players and collect satoshis

In a tweet on Nov. 19, Donnerlab announced the launch of its latest project, titled Bitcoin Bounty Hunt, a fully lightning-native multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game. The Lightning network is a payment protocol that allows for fast, micropayments between two so-called nodes — in this case, gamers.
Donnerlabs was founded by twenty-five-year-old Konstantin Nick after the 2018 Lightning Hackday in Munich, Germany, as a means to introduce the world’s largest cryptocurrency to more people.
The FPS game features an integrated neutrino wallet, where gamers can store coins in a noncustodial fashion, an ad space for Hodl-auctions, and of course the ability to kill off other players in order to collect bounties.

Bitcoin adoption through games

In October, Bitcoin-enabled games startup Satoshis Games announced the development of a Fortnite-like game with built-in Lightning Network microtransactions, titled Lightnite, where interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user. Satoshis Games said at the time:
“In simple words, players earn Bitcoin by shooting other players and lose Bitcoin when they get shot.”
The game reportedly updates in real-time when the player damages another player, gets damaged or picks up an item with BTC value and allows gamers to instantly withdraw their balance via Lightning Network when they wish to do so.

“Lightning network will drive Bitcoin to $250,000”

In November, the pro-cryptocurrency venture capitalist Tim Draper said that innovations such as the Lightning network would be key in propelling the Bitcoin price higher. Draper believes that Bitcoin could reach $250,000 by 2022 or 2023, in part due to “Bitcoin payment processors”, which “are really going to open the floodgates.” He said:
“It’s because of Lightning Network and OpenNode and maybe others that are allowing us to spend Bitcoin very freely and quickly, so that it’s not just a store of value but it can be used for micropayments; it can be used for retail, it can be used all over.”
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Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

Online Gaming Platform Lets Gamers Collect BTC In First-Person Shooter Game

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Donnerlab, an online gaming platform that builds lightning games and applications, lets gamers hunt for Bitcoin (BTC) and pick-up “Satoshi cubes.”
Shoot other players and collect satoshis
In a tweet on Nov. 19, Donnerlab announced the launch of its latest project, titled Bitcoin Bounty Hunt, a fully lightning-native multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game. The Lightning network is a payment protocol that allows for fast, micropayments between two so-called nodes — in this case, gamers.
Donnerlabs was founded by twenty-five-year-old Konstantin Nick after the 2018 Lightning Hackday in Munich, Germany, as a means to introduce the world’s largest cryptocurrency to more people.
The FPS game features an integrated neutrino wallet, where gamers can store coins in a noncustodial fashion, an ad space for Hodl-auctions, and of course the ability to kill off other players in order to collect bounties.
Bitcoin adoption through games
In October, Bitcoin-enabled games startup Satoshis Games announced the development of a Fortnite-like game with built-in Lightning Network microtransactions, titled Lightnite, where interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user.
The game reportedly updates in real-time when the player damages another player, gets damaged or picks up an item with BTC value and allows gamers to instantly withdraw their balance via Lightning Network when they wish to do so.
“Lightning network will drive Bitcoin to $250,000”
In November, the pro-cryptocurrency venture capitalist Tim Draper said that innovations such as the Lightning network would be key in propelling the Bitcoin price higher. Draper believes that Bitcoin could reach $250,000 by 2022 or 2023, in part due to “Bitcoin payment processors”, which “are really going to open the floodgates.”
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Non-Fungible Tokens

Non-Fungible Tokens
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) achieved mainstream attention in 2017 following the popularity of the crypto collectibles game CryptoKitties. The NFT market has evolved since then.
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In this article, we will delve into non-fungible tokens to understand what they are and what they can do. We will also explore what has been happening in the NFT market throughout 2019.

Defining fungibility

Fungibility is defined as the quality of a good or commodity that makes its individual units interchangeable with another unit of the same commodity with the same value. It is considered an essential feature of any viable currency or item utilized as a store and transfer of value.
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Fiat currency presents an excellent example of fungibility. The currency in your wallet is acceptable everywhere. Fiat currency, say 100 dollars, in a large denomination is exchangeable for five 20 dollar notes. Likewise you can choose to pay for a good or service with your 100 dollar bill or in smaller denominations. This is fungibility.
Fungibility is considered one of the most important characteristics of a currency. Digital currencies are a mixed bag with regard to this feature. Some cryptocurrency networks, like Bitcoin, started as fungible but the open nature of its ledger combined with leaps in blockchain analytics technology have made fungibility a distant memory. However, some digital currencies, those with significant privacy considerations such as Monero, leverage technology that imparts their tokens with fungibility. Fungibility is important for currencies because it allows it to meet the society's needs effectively.
While fungible items serve a purpose in society, the same is true of their opposites too. Non-fungible items are those which cannot be interchanged with any other good. Non-fungible assets are typically items of high value that are rare. Examples of such items are paintings or other valued art, precious stones, and other collectables, like baseball cards.
Non-fungible items operate on the scarcity principle. In social psychology, this principle explores and explains how the availability of an item affects its valuation by members of the public. The rarer an item is, the more money people are willing to part with to acquire it. Human beings have been attaching meaning to items that do not possess any inherent worth since time immemorial. Other reasons, such as religion and sentimentality, can also have an effect on the valuation of an item. A good example is the Gutenberg Bible, which is worth upwards of USD 4 million because of its historical and artistic value.

Non-fungible tokens

In the context of digital assets, non-fungible tokens are made possible by blockchain networks that support the creation of decentralized apps (dapps) through the deployment of smart contracts.
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NFTs are unique one-of-a-kind tokens, sometimes representing another real-world item, which are deployed on a blockchain network. It is important to note that most NFTs do not have to represent items in the real world. In fact, the majority of the NFTs in existence represent assets that only exist in their crypto-ecosystem.
NFTs possess characteristics that distinguish them from the rest of the cryptocurrency sector. These tokens are unique as a function of their rarity. Additionally, they are a scarce asset class. The maximum supply of any type of NFTs is usually predetermined and capped at a certain quantity.
Additionally, because they are typically deployed on blockchains, NFTs are readily accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The use of blockchain technology ensures that the tokens will exist after the life of their creators. Moreover, it is possible to design and launch entire ecosystems around NFTs, which can interact with each other in many novel ways, thanks to the blockchain.
The Ethereum-based dapp, CryptoKitties, which brought NFTs to the forefront of the crypto community in 2017, capitalized on digital scarcity. In the cryptocurrency world, just as it is in the real world, people want to own things that only they or very few others have. The virtual kittens deployed on the Ethereum blockchain gained popularity in a short time leading to much slower speeds for the network, significantly affecting the Ethereum network negatively.
Following the CryptoKitties craze of 2017, NFT projects mushroomed in number. Most projects employ the ERC-721 standard designed by Dieter Shirley to deploy their NFTs, making Ethereum home to most NFT projects. However, other smart contract platforms such as EOS are also increasingly being leveraged to launch NFTs.
NFTs in 2019
While Ethereum has dominated the NFT standard for the last couple of years, developers at EOS recently released two new standards for non-fungible assets on their blockchain. The standards were published by two different projects namely, Simple Assets by CryptoLions and dGoods by Mythical Games. The deployment of these standards is an attempt by EOS to dethrone Ethereum as the king of the NFT market.
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According to StateoftheDapps, there are 26 NFTs in existence in the market. While DappRadar lists 68 crypto collectibles.
Also, while many NFTs are deployed in the context of gaming, there are some NFT projects which are marketplaces or for use on social networks. On the other hand, Ethereum continued to expand its NFT dominance. The Ethereum Name Service is a recently launched innovative project. It is designed to provide users with human-readable domain names deployed on the Ethereum blockchain. To make this possible, developers are leveraging using NFTs to represent the unique domain names generated by users.
Moreover, a number of NFT marketplaces have sprung up over the past two years. The largest of these is OpenSea. It was launched early 2018 and typically trades about 50-150 ETH in NFTs daily. Auctionity and Rare Bits are other NFT marketplaces.
Lastly, NonFungible.com published a report analyzing some of the biggest names in the market. The report found that while extensibility, the ability to interact with other ecosystems in a gaming environment and one of NFTs biggest unique characteristics, is not being utilized as much as was previously thought.
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What we are building. Part 3

What we are building. Part 3

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SMARTPLACE

Barter trading marketplace with support of ERC 20, 721 and 1155 tokens.

What is barter trading? It can also be called a barter protocol — a set of logical agreements for a particular type of transaction. The barter contract is applicable to the exchange of equivalent tokens or to those objects that differ in price by no more than 15%. We offer to analyze in more detail both types of transactions and show in detail how the barter exchange works.

In a barter exchange of equivalent assets (tokens), a smart contract changes the ownership of assets without using financial transactions. We expect that barter asset swaps with a slight difference in value will most often be sought. As we mentioned earlier, barter exchange is permissible between objects whose values ​​differ by no more than 15%.

When the tokens subject to barter exchange have a difference in value, the party that has the lowest collection must pay an additional difference in value per barter contract to exchange for another more expensive collection. This difference in value is a “change” for the second party, which has a more expensive collection for exchange.

Since barter exchanges for both digital collections and for tokenized real valuable assets have the same logic, we want to explain this to you through an accessible example for everyone exchanging an apartment for a house of different values ​​(10%).

Illustrative example:

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We see that Alice and Bob executed a barter agreement for the mutual exchange of Alice’s apartment which costs 1000 ETH and Bob’s house which costs 900 ETH. As Bob has lower property value, he is obliged to pay a deficient amount, and in this example this difference is 10% or 100 ETH. It is worth noting that BRTR is used for extra charge, and ETH is indicated just for improved readability, but ETH can also be used to extra charge.

Bob can offer or confirm Alice’s barter only if he has sufficient funds to make an exchange. Suppose that Bob already has extra 100 ETH on his wallet, which are blocked during the execution of the barter agreement and are used to send Alice a “change”. The barter contract comes to execution and payment only when both parties have confirmed their intention to make an exchange using a digital signature.

Thus, as a result, we have an executed barter agreement between Alice and Bob and now the apartment belongs to Bob, and Alice has a House and 100 ETH.

As you may have guessed, smartplace is divided into:
  • barter of virtual assets (collectibles);
  • barter of tokenized real valuable assets.

With an additional payment, a barter contract can be concluded confidentially, which means that we remain confidential this transaction for the rest people, encrypting the fact of exchange.

Barter costs no more than 0.02% for each side, including the cost of gas Ethereum. If a dark pool is used for an exchange, then the contract value may be higher.

Dark pool? What does it mean?
Dark pool is a pool of confidential trading offers, in our case barter contracts.

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As you might have noticed, the owner of an asset cannot be identified in the dark pool, he has a right to remain confidential in the trading system if it’s necessary. Therefore, there is no need to indicate the address of the collectible’s owner. In addition, this method of trading opens up great opportunities for OTC transactions costing billions of dollars both at the cryptocurrency market and at the market of real values ​​and property.

We are working on integration of Enigma Protocol into the dark pool with the aim to encrypt the results of transactions and the identities of their participants to increase confidentiality, if necessary. We believe that the largest dealers and market makers will use the dark pool in order to prevent ways to manipulate the market. Increased confidentiality is required for large-scale barter agreements and enhances the overall security of asset owners.

Barter: a smartplace in the real economy.
The broadest research and important element of our ecosystem is the use of smart contracts in the legal field. We are creating an automated legal barter exchange of the international level, combining the traditional economy with decentralized finances. We rely on the legal exchange agreement for the legality of smart contracts and their using in the real world.

Why barter exchange?
Barter exchange is very convenient to use if the objects of exchange are equivalent in value. The advantage of barter exchanges of equivalent objects is that only a change of the owner’s rights to the asset / object is required for legal transfer / exchange, without using financial transactions. Thus, applying a barter contract, the exchange of ownership rights to these assets in property registers is performed.

Barter exchange is also applicable when the objects are unequal, but have a close value, for example, a difference is just 10–15%. Here, barter exchange also has an advantage — for barter exchange of unequal goods it is enough to use only one financial transaction — to pay this difference. A barter contract is cheaper, faster, and safer.

For barter exchange of real valuable assets, preliminary tokenization is required, which will allow you to create a virtual token equal to the value of your item, indicating your name as the owner, if a public token is created. After the virtual copy is created — you can place this token on the smartplace, including the auction method of trading, wait for counter offers or send your offers for barter exchange to other participants.

We understand that for some of you who have just begun to get acquainted with the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain, some words may seem unfamiliar or not clear, so feel free to ask any questions in the comments to our articles here and in our Telegram chat.

You can learn what is the tokenization of a real valuable asset and auction trading in the following articles that we will devote to the use of the BRTR token and the benefits to get BRTR tokens.

Recall that now the project is at the stage of pre-sale of tokens, the proceeds from the sale of which are invested in the development of the Barter project We accept ETH and BTC to official wallets: Ethereum 0x17d3d1da06688bc61592913921414bff09bc570c; Bitcoin — 17BexJeUQfM1iQqtgoAaqgBLPdRvKZUTR1. BRTR tokens will be credited to each participant when the wallet is launched.

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The most popular and innovative projects on Bitcoin Cash - May 15th - Special fork edition!

Description

This is a list that is updated bi-monthly showcasing different Bitcoin Cash projects that is either popular, innovative or both.

Working projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive to BCH
Blockpress A decentralized social network with its data stored on-chain using IFPS and BCH Yes Yes
Blockchair Block explorer with a memo.cash search function Yes No
CoinText SMS payment system and wallet Yes Yes
Coins4Clothes Charity with open financial records and transactions that buys used clothes for BCH Yes Yes
Chaintip Tipping service Yes Yes
Cheddr Browser-based point-of-sale server Yes Yes
Cryptonize.it Merchant with colored coins support and a "spend-and-replace" wallet Yes Yes
EatBCH Venezuelan-based charity Yes Yes
FindBitcoin.Cash Geocache treasure hunting with BCH Yes Yes
JoyStream Paid torrent seeding Yes Yes
Jukebox.cash Jukebox with tipping Yes Yes
Link Torrent magnetlink on the BCH blockchain Yes Yes
Memo.cash Memos with tipping support Working alpha client Yes
Memo Enhancement Suite Enhancement suit for memo Yes Yes
OpenBazaar Online auctions and e-commerce for cryptocurrencies Yes No
Sporestack VPS hosting service with cryptocurrency payments Yes Yes
Tippr Tipping service Yes Yes
Yours.org Social network with payments Yes Yes
币赞/Bizan Chinese tipping service for Weibo Yes Yes

Upcoming projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive to BCH
Cryptartica Design Print-on-demand service for artists wanting to sell their artwork No Yes
MiniPOS Point-of-sale server for in-store purchases Working source code, terminals shipped July 2018 Yes
Coinfundr Crowdfunding on BCH No Yes
Lighthouse Crowdfunding on BCH No Yes
Ka-ching NFC payments with BCH No Yes

Recent news:

May 15th is the day Bitcoin Cash forks and supports 32MB blocks. When it is now possible to use the previously disabled OP_CODES we might see ań explosion of a new wave of projects experimenting with these from this day forward!
It is also exactly 1 months since the launch of Memo.cash, which have contributed to around 2300 on-chain transactions per day since launch. Memo.cash also recently released their source code which might lead to new spin-offs to Memo.cash or otherwise.
Other interesting news is that Bitcoin Cash now has its biggest competitor to twitter - Blockpress, which stores all data on-chain using the Bitcoin Cash blockchain and IFPS.

Changes:

Added Blockchair, Blockpress, Coins4Clothes, Cryptartica Design, FindBitcoin.Cash and Sporestack. My first plan was to make this a list that is updated monthly, but there is so much many new projects happening that I think that it will be updated bi-monthly to keep it up-to-date.

Requirements for being on the list:

Payment processors, merchants, block explorer, tipping services, charities and wallets are not on this list because there are too many to list. The requirements aren't set in stone but the key words behind this list is "innovative" or "popular" and the exceptions to these rules are along these lines. If you feel like your project fits into these criteria, please feel free to comment below and your project will be added to the next list!
I have done an exception to these projects with these motivations, but this might change later on:
Name Type Motivation
Blockchair Block explorer It has added an memo.cash search function and has a lot of functionality.
EatBCH Charity It was the first charity after the hardfork and got a lot of attention.
Cryptonize.it Merchant One of the first merchants that supported BCH payments and who is adding colored coins and an integrated spend & replace wallet connected to coinbase.
Cryptarctica Design Merchant An initiative by one of the bigger Bitcoin Cash merchants to offer artists the chance to get paid by using their designs on apparel and other items.
Coins 4 clothes Charity A charity that accepts clothes for BCH. It also has an open financial record available.
Tippr Tipping service The first and most popular tipping service for BCH.
Previous list: https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/8g7eob/the_most_popular_and_innovative_projects_and/
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How to accept Dogecoin with your business, and why. A few pointers.

THE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST CAN BE FOUND HERE.
You are a business owner and sell goods or services. You heard about Dogecoin. You wonder how you can use it in your business. This thread is for you.
If you have no idea what Dogecoin is, read up on it here (click). In short, it is a digital currency that is perfect for everyday use. Read on if you want to know why it would be good for your enterprise.
Why should I accept payments in Dogecoin? 
Dogecoin offers you:
Dogecoin can be exchanged to national currencies. You can do this easily by yourself or use the automatic conversion offered by some payment processors (all is explained further down). You can also just keep your Dogecoin and spend it or offer it to your employees! :)
Dogecoin is fun and it gets ever more useful the more people like you use and accept it. There are other merchants who have gone this path before you - you can read interviews about them and their experiences on this blog. You can also talk with other merchants in /dogevendors, check out these testimonials ([1, 2], 3), search this subreddit and post any questions you have right here!
I want to accept donations. What are my options? 
Just download the client and put up the wallet address up on your page with donation info. Done! That's it! If you want something snazzy, check out this widget or this one (or this one) (or this one).
If you need to track who sent you how much money (for goodies and that), you could ask that donators tell you that they're sending you a very specific amount of coins (e.g. 100.424242), and match it to their name. However, this can be abused as your transaction history is public. If you're actually selling stuff, check out the next section instead.
I sell stuff online. What are my options? 
You have a lot! It boils down to one of these:
The last option can be interesting if you don't have your own web store, are selling digital goods and/or are just selling on as a side business. If your business is your main income, handling payment yourself is probably better.
1) Manually processing transactions
All you need for this is a Dogecoin wallet. You simply generate a payment address for each of your customers, send it to them and confirm that your coins arrived at the address. This is super fast to set up and there is absolutely no commitment.
If you just want to try it out before investing a lot of effort, just set up a wallet (either with the Dogecoin desktop client or an online wallet (listed under Browser "here") and let your customers know that they can now pay with Dogecoin. You can use some of these buttons if you wish( 1 2 3 4 5) and browse this asset repository of useful artwork. The graphical interface is still being developed, but you can browse the files and find license information already :)
2) Automatically processing transactions
Check out the section on APIs and payment processors further down!
3) Selling stuff through a 3rd-party site
There are a number of sites that function a lot like eBay, Etsy and Xmart. You enter your products and they handle the payment and web store stuff. This is most convenient if you have digital goods to sell (music, books...) and want to send them out automatically.
If you are an Etsy user who wants to accept Dogecoin, click here.
I sell from a physical store or location. What are my options? 
All you need is an internet connection in your store and a web-capable device, such as a mobile phone, cheap tablet or a nearby PC. On-site, your customers can send you coins using their phone, or you can sell coupons for your goods online in advance.
DogePos is a point-of-sales app that is open source and Koupah announced that they will accept Doge as well. You can use or apply for all of these tools right now! Either way, all you need is a way to 1) convert a USD price into Doge, and to 2) check that the coins have arrived in your wallet.
To check your wallet balance and Doge prices, you can use the app MyDOGE oniPhones and iPads, and this app on Android devices. This is one of many useful price converter websites you can bookmark. Checking your balance on the PC can be done with the wallet client.
If you want to sell your goods or coupons for them online, it might be easiest use a ready-made stores capable of digital distribution. Check point "3)" in the above section for some options.
Dogecoin payment processors, APIs, checkouts 
Currently, the established platforms accepting Dogecoin seem to be these:
I'm trying a tentative summary here to save you some research, but I'd appreciate comments a lot. None of the three have setup or monthly fees (except some optional subscriptions).
GoCoin:
Coinpayments:
You can probably find people who have used one of these in this thread. This guy volunteered his code for automatic currency conversion and his help setting up the plugin for OpenCart, for example!
If you are tech-inclined, you could run your own payment server with dogecoind and an API like this. This is not yet ready for laypeople though, so don't do that unless you want to get messy.
Exchanging Doge to USD/EUGBP/other national currencies 
If you don't have your payment processor do it for you, at some point you will want to get your Doge converted to your currency of choice, which you should do at an exchange. Keep in mind that you will have to get registered and verified at the exchange, which can take up to a week.
Transfers to and from national currency can take a few days, but trading and transferring digital currencies is very fast and usually near-instant. The following exchanges let you trade your Doge for national currency directly (last updated Sep 17):
If your currency is not listed above, you can either sell your Doge here, or exchange them to Bitcoin and then sell those. I find Kraken (EUR, KRW, USD) to be the best option for EUR, but you can sell Doge for BTC on all of the exchanges mentioned above, or choose one from this list. To sell BTC for national currency, you can also go to Justcoin or LocalBitcoins. There are many similar sites - just pick the one you like best!
Things get developed incredibly fast and Dogecoin is not even a year old. This will only get easier, so keep checking back! Justcoin is looking to trade Dogecoin to national currency, and others are sure to follow.
Alright! How do I promote my business now that I accept Dogecoin? 
Note that there's a collection of Dogecoin artwork and assets for you to use in this repository, complete with license information so you can design your promotions and website with it.
1) Submit your business to these directories:
2) If you are a brick-and-mortar store, mark your business on these maps [1, 2]. Post if you have problems!
3) Make a promotion post in one of these subreddits:
You will get views, especially if you offer an interesting product or a Doge-related promotion. Hint: the best promotion is to offer a few % off for all Dogecoin purchases. Also post and comment to this just to discuss your plans and ask your questions. Come talk to us here and in /dogevendors, we are a fun community :)
This post is not updated anymore. Check the thread linked at the top of this post for the newest version. The last big edits were on Aug 4 (DogeAPI, Prelude) and Sep 17 (Updates on exchanges and websites) and Oct 22 (Moolah).
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The most popular and innovative projects and services on Bitcoin Cash - 1 June 2018

Description

This is a list that is updated bi-monthly showcasing different Bitcoin Cash projects that is either popular, innovative or both.

Working projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive for BCH
BCHPizza A website who offers people to post bounties for pizza shops accepting BCH Yes Yes
Bitbox BCH toolkit for developers Yes Yes
Blockchair Block explorer with a memo.cash search function and more
Blockpress A decentralized social network with its data stored on-chain using IFPS and BCH Yes Yes
CoinText SMS payment system and wallet Yes Yes
Coins4Clothes Charity with open financial records and transactions that buys used clothes for BCH Yes Yes
Chaintip Tipping service for reddit and twitter Yes Yes
Cheddr Browser-based point-of-sale server Yes Yes
Cryptonize.it Merchant with colored coins support and a "spend-and-replace" wallet Yes Yes
EatBCH Venezuelan-based charity Yes Yes
FindBitcoin.Cash Geocache treasure hunting with BCH
Flowee API to process or create Bitcoin Cash payments in various applications Yes Yes
JoyStream Paid torrent seeding Yes Yes
Jukebox.cash Online jukebox with tipping Yes Yes
Link Torrent magnetlink on the BCH blockchain Yes Yes
Memo.cash Memos with tipping support Yes Yes
Memo Enhancement Suite Enhancement suit for memo Yes Yes
OpenBazaar Online auctions and e-commerce for cryptocurrencies Yes Yes
Sporestack VPS hosting service with cryptocurrency payments Yes Yes
Tippr Tipping service Yes Yes
Yours.org Social network with payments Yes Yes
币赞/Bizan Chinese tipping service for Weibo Yes Yes

Upcoming projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive to BCH
Cryptartica Design Print-on-demand service for artists wanting to sell their artwork No Yes
MiniPOS Point-of-sale server for in-store purchases Working source code, terminals shipped July 2018 Yes
Coinfundr Crowdfunding on BCH No Yes
Lighthouse Crowdfunding on BCH No Yes
Ka-Ching NFC payments with BCH No Yes

Recent news:

It is now 2 weeks since Bitcoin Cash got 32 mb blocks!

Changes:

Added Floweee, Bitbox and BCHPizza.

Requirements for being on the list:

Payment processors, merchants, block explorer, tipping services, charities and wallets are not on this list because there are too many to list. The requirements aren't set in stone but the key words behind this list is "innovative" or "popular" and the exceptions to these rules are along these lines. If you feel like your project fits into these criteria, please feel free to comment below and your project will be added to the next list!
I have done an exception to these projects with these motivations, but this might change later on:
Name Type Motivation
Block explorer Block explorer It has added an memo.cash search function and has a lot of functionality.
EatBCH Charity It was the first charity after the hardfork and got a lot of attention.
Cryptonize.it Merchant One of the first merchants that supported BCH payments and who is adding colored coins and an integrated spend & replace wallet connected to coinbase.
Cryptarctica Design Merchant An initiative by one of the bigger Bitcoin Cash merchants to offer artists the chance to get paid by using their designs on apparel and other items.
Coins 4 clothes Charity A charity that accepts clothes for BCH. It also has an open financial record available.
Tippr Tipping service The first and most popular tipping service for BCH. It was groundbreaking at its launch.
Previous list: https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/8jj0qj/the_most_popular_and_innovative_projects_on/
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The most popular and innovative projects and services on Bitcoin Cash - 15 June 2018

Description

This is a list that is updated bi-monthly showcasing different Bitcoin Cash projects that is either popular, innovative or both.

Working projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive for BCH
BCHPizza A website who offers people to post bounties for pizza shops accepting BCH Yes Yes
Bitbox BCH toolkit for developers Yes Yes
Blockchair Block explorer with a memo.cash search function and more
Blockpress A decentralized social network with its data stored on-chain using IFPS and BCH Yes Yes
Coinfundr Crowdfunding on BCH Yes Yes
CoinText SMS payment system and wallet Yes Yes
Coins4Clothes Charity with open financial records and transactions that buys used clothes for BCH Yes Yes
Chaintip Tipping service for reddit and twitter Yes Yes
Cheddr Browser-based point-of-sale server Yes Yes
Cryptonize.it Merchant with colored coins support and a "spend-and-replace" wallet Yes Yes
EatBCH Venezuelan-based charity Yes Yes
FindBitcoin.Cash Geocache treasure hunting with BCH
Flowee API to process or create Bitcoin Cash payments in various applications Yes Yes
Handcash NFC payments for BCH Yes Yes
JoyStream Paid torrent seeding Yes Yes
Jukebox.cash Online jukebox with tipping Yes Yes
Link Torrent magnetlink on the BCH blockchain Yes Yes
Memo.cash Memos with tipping support Yes Yes
Memo Enhancement Suite Enhancement suit for memo Yes Yes
OpenBazaar Online auctions and e-commerce for cryptocurrencies Yes Yes
_opreturn Twitter bot that takes post from social media protocols such as memo.cash and blockpress.com, and replicate them to Twitter. Yes Yes
Sporestack VPS hosting service with cryptocurrency payments Yes Yes
Tippr Tipping service Yes Yes
Yours.org Social network with payments Yes Yes
币赞/Bizan Chinese tipping service for Weibo Yes Yes

Upcoming projects

Name Description Working client or service Exclusive to BCH
Cryptartica Design Print-on-demand service for artists wanting to sell their artwork No Yes
MiniPOS Point-of-sale server for in-store purchases Working source code, terminals shipped July 2018 Yes
Lighthouse Crowdfunding on BCH No Yes
Ka-Ching NFC payments with BCH No Yes

Recent news:

One month since Bitcoin Cash got 32 mb blocks!

Changes:

Added HandCash and _opreturn. Coinfundr has been released so it has now been moved from "Upcoming projects" to "Working projects".

Requirements for being on the list:

Payment processors, merchants, block explorer, tipping services, charities and wallets are not on this list because there are too many to list. The requirements aren't set in stone but the key words behind this list is "innovative" or "popular" and the exceptions to these rules are along these lines. If you feel like your project fits into these criteria, please feel free to comment below and your project will be added to the next list!
I have done an exception to these projects with these motivations, but this might change later on:
Name Type Motivation
Block explorer Block explorer It has added an memo.cash search function and has a lot of functionality.
EatBCH Charity It was the first charity after the hardfork and got a lot of attention.
Cryptonize.it Merchant One of the first merchants that supported BCH payments and who is adding colored coins and an integrated spend & replace wallet connected to coinbase.
Cryptarctica Design Merchant An initiative by one of the bigger Bitcoin Cash merchants to offer artists the chance to get paid by using their designs on apparel and other items.
Coins 4 clothes Charity A charity that accepts clothes for BCH. It also has an open financial record available.
Tippr Tipping service The first and most popular tipping service for BCH. It was groundbreaking at its launch.
Previous list: https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/8nt4vo/the_most_popular_and_innovative_projects_and/
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Of Wolves and Weasels - Day 45 - Breadth and Scope

Hey all! GoodShibe here!
Yesterday I spoke about those off doing great work on our behalf, taking the lead or pushing the boundaries of what Dogecoin can do.
I think today is a great chance for everyone to get a real sense of what's going on here - what a group of 65,000+ Shibes has and is accomplishing as we speak (err... type).
So, please, if I've forgotten anyone, don't feel bad -- especially if you're doing something in another sub -- just let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the list, okay?
Here we go!
Recently Completed Projects
Announcements/Shares
Competitions/Promotions
Merchants
Services
In Progress
Have I missed something? I'm sure I've missed something! I can keep going but I'm already running late for work (got carried away)! Post in the comments and I'll add as I have time over the course of the day :D)
It's 9:14AM EST and we're at 52.53% of DOGEs found. Our Global Hashrate is spiking from ~68 to ~89 Gigahashes per second but our Difficulty is still riding low at ~1027!
Go! Mine! Have fun!
As always, I appreciate your support!
GoodShibe
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Blockchain in the Art

Blockchain in the Art

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The technology could improve efficiency and transparency

But it poses questions about the future of dealers and auction houses

For Insurer, the problem is all too familiar. A fire sweeps through the home of an art collector, reducing their treasured hoard to ashes. But they find that not only have the much-loved artworks gone up in flames, so have their documents of ownership, tucked away in a drawer in the same home. Proving the collector’s ownership rights now becomes considerably harder. But what if the history and proof of their purchases, the provenance of works in their collection and all related legal and insurance documents were held on a permanent, trusted database to which the collector and trusted advisers could gain access via a secure key? “If you have all the certificates and no questions about provenance and authenticity, then it’s easy for us to settle the claim”.
This is one example of the potential benefits of the distributed ledger technology — otherwise known as blockchain — currently animating a wave of entrepreneurship in finance, healthcare, manufacturing and the art world. Used since 2009 to underpin the cryptocurrency bitcoin, blockchain allows a transaction to be permanently recorded on a database shared between computers, without relying on a third party to authenticate or process it. Immutability and security are written in to blockchain; when no single authority is in charge of the ledger, no one may remove entries or fiddle with them. It could bring efficiency and transparency to the buying and selling of art, currently a fragmented and opaque marketplace. But it also poses some searching questions about the future of the dealers and auction houses accustomed to carving off a profit: the market’s traditional middlemen. Christie’s, the venerable 252-year-old auction house, is one of the last institutions one might expect to embrace the potential of this disruptive technology. But last week it brought together technologists, art experts, entrepreneurs, financiers and lawyers at its London showrooms to discuss how blockchain could redefine processes and relationships in the art market. Anne Bracegirdle, a specialist in Christie’s photographs department, said blockchain had a “potentially revolutionary impact on our business” in its ability to host all data about an object or artwork, from catalogue details, sale prices and provenance, linked to invoices and certificates of authenticity. In her view, it reduces the room for human error, boosts trust and therefore could tip hesitant buyers and sellers over the line. “Property titles and full provenance are often missing, and that information can make or break a sale.” Digital artists are particularly captivated by the possibilities of blockchain. The market for art created to exist on a screen has suffered from the ease with which it can be replicated. But blockchain allows artists to create digital editions of their work — just as photographers create a limited number of prints — and ensure that ownership can be tracked and verified. Smart contracts — an innovation of the Ethereum blockchain on which nearly all art-related blockchain activity is taking place — also allow them to make more money out of their work, even perhaps selling portions of their work on blockchain, bringing fractional ownership to the art market. Digital art, however, is where incumbent companies appear especially vulnerable, since the role of the dealer or auction house in authenticating art, judging value based on previous prices, researching provenance and bringing together buyers and sellers could become redundant when all that information is held on a blockchain. John Zettler, president of Rare Art Labs, a digital gallery for artists, says: “A simple coding script could ask where this artist has already sold and where this particular piece has sold in the past. There would be no concern about the authenticity of the piece — and no real need for a physical location where buyers and sellers gather.” One of the pioneers of blockchain-based digital art is Matt Hall, co-creator of “cryptopunks”, a series of 10,000 unique digital artworks in the shape of pixelated heads that he and his business partner released on Ethereum last year. They no longer control the art; it has taken on a life of its own, with rare cryptopunks changing hands for the equivalent of thousands of dollars.

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There would be no concern about authenticity; no need for a physical location for buyers and sellers to meet
While he sees the experiment as an unexpected success, Hall says it raises “tricky questions” about people’s willingness to buy art that only exists online. Debate also rages about the technical question of where the digital art should reside. Since keeping work on the blockchain itself is expensive, it is typically used to host a proof of ownership and a link to the work itself on a separate third-party site. Purists say that offends the principle of independence that is the point of the technology; it also leaves owners vulnerable to the possibility the third-party company could go out of business, putting their art out of reach or even destroying it.
Few deny that dealing with blockchain is currently tedious: users have to go through the process of acquiring a “digital wallet” and negotiate a barrage of technical jargon. For art entrepreneurs wishing to launch services on Ethereum, the price of engaging with the network to set up or make changes to data — known as the “gas price” — is also painfully volatile.
“There are so many rough edges. You can’t plan for success by buying a bigger server. You don’t control the servers and you can’t call the helpdesk,” Hall says.

Can blockchain democratise the art market?

Others worry that data held on blockchain will fall foul of the European general data protection regulation (GDPR) that came into force in May and has required monumentally complex and expensive preparations on the part of big corporations. Richard Entrup, Christie’s global chief information officer, says doubts over blockchain’s compliance with GDPR were an “aha moment” for him. “It immediately takes it off the table for a number of applications,” he says. Christie’s is nonetheless exploring the technology’s potential, with hints of an as-yet-undisclosed blockchain initiative coming soon.
For some, the lack of a central authority overseeing the Ethereum blockchain is both its central appeal and its Achilles heel, since it leaves unanswered questions about what happens in the event of disputes. This is particularly acute where the blockchain is linked to artworks in the physical world. When that fire rips through the luxury apartment, who is in charge of telling the blockchain that the items in question are gone? “If a trusted party is required to do that, then how decentralised is the system really, and how different is it from doing it the old-fashioned way?” asks Hall.
The need for expertise in navigating these dangerous shoals means, for the time being at least, that dealers and auction houses are likely to have a role to play. Gleises also believes they have other reasons to keep a tight grip on the market. “There are plenty of intermediaries who don’t have any interest in change. It’s a very small market, and very profitable for some. Who is going to be willing to let go of some of the margin for the market to grow?”
By James Pickford
#art #Blockchain #Christie’s @jamespickford #blockchainart
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[WTS] - Vinatage USVI Rounds - Silver Swans - 2017 Archangel

Everything is sold or traded. Thanks!

Link to verification:
http://imgur.com/a/8qwtg
ITEM QUANTITY PRICE EACH NOTES ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
SOLD Vintage USVI 1 oz .999 Silver Rounds 2 $77/Shipped each or buy them both for $150/shipped. These rounds are very hard to find and don't come up for sale often. As you can see in the photos both of these rounds are in really great condition. Ships in airtites. Click here for additional photos
SOLD 2017 Ukraine 1 oz .9999 Silver Archangel 1 $30 Ships in original mint capsule. Click here for additional photos
SOLD 2017 Perth Australia 1 oz .9999 Silver Swans 10 $38 each I believe I have these priced conservatively since the last auction sold listing went for $56 but average online auction prices are ranging from $45-$56. Click here for additional photos
Payments: PayPal, Google Wallet & Bitcoin accepted. PayPal friends and family payees please remember to leave the comment section blank. Goods and Services please add 3% to the total.
Shipping: Orders $100 or more ship free, all other orders ship for only $2 via First Class w/tracking. Buyers will receive tracking within a couple of hours after paying and orders will ship out in tomorrows/Tuesdays mail. I take pride in my packaging skills and will package everything safely, securely & discretely.
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What Makes Particl Marketplace Better Than its Competition

What Makes Particl Marketplace Better Than its Competition
Every once in a while, this questions pops out:
What makes Particl stand out from its competition, and why is it better?
I thought I'd make a quick rundown on my opinion on the matter!

Private-by-Design? Built With Privacy in Mind from the Ground Up!

Unlike all of its competition, Particl is built from the ground up to be entirely private/anonymous, following the true crypto roots. To accomplish this difficult prowess, it uses several methods to keep its users within an optimal privacy environment, such as the RingCT and CT privacy protocols, metadata stripping, IP address anonymization through Tor (and many more protocols in the future, including Dandelion++), private escrow system with no intermediate, encrypted and private messaging (using SMSG and eventually more scalable and leading-edge DSNs such as Loopix, IPFS, and etc), and much more. With all the data leaks and hacks, privacy is becoming more and more mainstream (link to case for privacy).
Furthermore, we all see that the government and big companies have developed very effective blockchain tracking software that makes tracking public cryptocurrency transactions quite trivial. Indeed, it may be just as bad in terms of privacy to use a public blockchain than say, a bank or payment processor. This is why having a product built with privacy in mind right from the start (vs patching privacy into a non-private blockchain) is extremely important. Every day, the "if you have nothing to hide, you don't really need privacy" kind of thinking is becoming obsolete as people realize just how much privacy is important even for "good behaving" people. Plus, there is definitely some kind of people that do require a more private environment, which they’ll want to use a solution that’s been designed with this as a prime aspect.

But why does that even matter?

As broken down in an earlier article of mine, privacy is becoming a hot subject in the mainstream world. Gone are the days where privacy was associated to people who had “things to hide”.
In light of the recent and now too regular cyber attacks on tech giants like Equifax, Facebook, Deloitte, Yahoo, FedEx, Uber, Under Armour or even Pizza Hut, the poor communication and, even in some cases, cover-up of the unfortunate facts, the public confidence towards the tech industry has been severely eroded within the last couple of years. -The Case for Privacy in the Tech Industry
Breaches of personal data are becoming far too common, and a good solution to fight this issue is to stop sharing your data with big companies that do not respect your private life. However, opting for blockchains instead can be just as bad, if not worse, than relying on trusting a big corporation. Why you ask? Because blockchains are usually open for all to see by default. Indeed, transactions on public blockchains are getting easier to track by the day, and for vendors and buyers alike, this isn’t good. Buyers obviously don’t want everyone to know what they’re buying and just how many coins they hold, information that could be obtained simply by analyzing a decentralized marketplace based on a public blockchain. Vendors, on the other hand, do not want anyone to analyze their sales data, statistics, and revenues.
Particl is built as a private-by-default marketplace, meaning that users do not need to go through several steps to protect their personal data. Everything happens automatically, under the hood, and as smoothly as you would expect from a public blockchain.

Built as a 100% Decentralized & Trustless Solution

Another advantage is that the Particl Marketplace is designed as a 100% decentralized and trustless solution, which most of its competitors aren’t. Just as an example, Syscoin's Blockmarket interface is closed-source and moderated by Syscoin staff. Escrows on Syscoin are arbitrated, meaning there needs to be someone acting as escrow agent in case a deal turns sour. This can quickly lead to bias, collusion, or other similar types of issue born from the simple fact that a third-party basically has full power over the settlement of a dispute. Talking to various vendors, this quickly becomes an issue for vendors on eBay, for example, because eBay/Paypal will most of the time side with the buyer, even when it shouldn’t.
On Particl Marketplace, there is literally no counter-party at play. The escrow is based on smart-contract functionalities and uses the MAD game-theory to keep both parties honest, no moderator required to settle disputes. The marketplace itself will be entirely governed by the community, making sure no person or group of person is held liable for the content published on it or collude with either vendors or buyers. This is much closer, in my personal opinion, to the original, crypto-anarchist vision and reason of why Bitcoin was created in the first place.
Fun fact, did you know that Satoshi Nakamoto had started working on a 100% trustless and decentralized marketplace and that there was even some code about it in some Bitcoin's repository?

Much Better & Intuitive User Interface

Particl has a beautiful UI/UX that is built with accessibility and ease-of-use in mind. This top of the line wallet looks modern, slick, and is very easy to understand as well as being very smooth and responsive. The same can’t be said of most wallets in the crypto sphere, most of them being far too geeky or barebone to be used by mainstream, non-crypto users.
Additionally, Particl plans on developing a web & mobile interface at some point in the future, which they already have a good idea of how they would go about it. In order to break into the mainstream, the marketplace will need to be as easy to use as any other online eCommerce platform, therefore a web and mobile interface are absolutely required. While this isn’t currently part of the roadmap, it certainly is a milestone the team plans on tackling after the mainnet release of Particl Marketplace.
Particl Marketplace Alpha:
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The Coin Actually Makes Sense to Hold

The Particl coin is one of many perks. While it currently still is at the mercy of speculators, it is designed to eventually decouple from the speculation and get its value organically through the demand the marketplace will generate for it.
It first serves as a privacy coin, with CT already on mainnet and RingCT on testnet (currently being academically reviewed by the NJIT Dept. of Technology). Particl is indeed the first coin ever to modify RingCT, the privacy protocol made popular by Monero, so that it could be implemented on top of the Bitcoin codebase (or any codebase other than Cryptonote, for that matter). This implementation will unlock RingCT’s potentialby making it possible to be used in smart-contracts and decentralized applications as well as over the Lightning Network (that of which Particl is working on), atomic swaps and advanced multi-signatures. We all know how Monero is a great privacy coin, and Particl is actually taking it a bit further by adding utility features to this great privacy protocol (RingCT) and supporting it with a truly decentralized infrastructure. Imagine if Monero, in all its greatness, could have its own marketplace that cannot be shut down or censored…That alone is a huge reason why Particl is a great coin to hold.
It can also be used as a nice passive income source . Indeed, you can cold stake your PART coin using PPoS (Particl Proof-of-Stake, which has cold staking and hardware cold staking (cold staking on Ledger Nano S) enabled) and make a minimum of 4% yearly interest (that decreases over time until it stabilizes at 2% in 2 years). On top of that, stakers will earn 100% of the listing fees, as well as transaction fees, and of course, all revenue derived from the other Particl dApps. One thing that is often overlooked is how Particl is a decentralized application platform, but doesn’t offer tokens. This ultimately means users looking to use Particl’s applications generate demand for the PART coin, even though the Particl platform is designed to accept almost any coin and (eventually) more traditional means of payments.
The Particl coin is also used as "gas" required to run Particl smart-contracts and is used as the de facto currency in the Particl Marketplace. In fact, Particl Marketplace does accept almost any coin , either through the use of atomic swaps (already on mainnet since 2017) or through third-party implementations (i.e. Changelly). The “catch” though is that the escrow needs to use PART to keep users private (because it requires RingCT and the escrow actually is a Particl smart-contract), so even when shopping on the marketplace using Bitcoin or your favorite coin, they end up being automatically transferred into Particl with no extra step required by the user. In other words, even using other coins to purchase items off the marketplace generates demand for the PART coin.
Finally, but not least, PART coins also grant users moderation powers over the Particl Marketplace as well as the ability to vote on any community proposal through the decentralized governance system. In fact, no central authority, company, or team has moderation powers over the marketplace. Particl instead delegates that power to the very community using the platform. This is a much more scalable (no need to hire staff), secure (no legal liability put on moderators), and fair (the very users of the marketplace are the one with the power to steer the ship) way to do it.

Particl is Much More Than a Decentralized Marketplace

In the end, Particl is actually much more than just a marketplace, it is a full-blown privacy-focused dApp platform. Indeed, the team has put in its roadmap the release of a developer SDK toolkit which will allow any developer out there to easily build their own application on Particl. Whether it be a social media/Twitter-like application, a decentralized gambling Dapp, or even the addition of a penny auction section to Particl Marketplace, the SDK will truly allow the network to grow into much more than just a decentralized marketplace.
The goal here is not to directly compete with other smart-contract platforms like Ethereum, it’s more about being a decentralized platform where dApps can all be interacted with directly from the wallet in order to create something akin to perhaps an operating system. Imagine the wallet (Particl Desktop) as an Android OS and each Particl dApps as Android applications. The Particl Desktop wallet is kind of like the wrapper which contains the dApps that make the Particl decentralized economy, and these applications are designed to fit right into it in a very intuitive and user-friendly fashion (in contrast to other Dapp platforms which are generally pretty barebone).
One of Particl's goal is to take crypto a step further by not only decentralizing currency, but also to decentralize the entire infrastructure surrounding said currency (and that, obviously, includes the eCommerce infrastructure on which the coin can be spent).

Top-Tier Development Team

The Particl development team is definitely a top-tier team. They are indeed ranked 6th in one of the most thorough code quality review ( https://medium.com/darpalrating/darpalrating-github-audit-for-200-blockchain-projects-march-2018-3c6b839abdaa ) that did review up to 200 coins (in comparison, Syscoin is currently ranked 36th, BitBay is 192nd, Safex is not even active enough to be ranked). The code quality review takes a lot of things into account, and disregards community and marketing, solely focusing on the code itself. This is something the Particl team is extremely proud of! Indeed, the Particl team was the first reach accomplish many achievements such as true cold staking, hardware cold staking (Ledger + cold staking), first blockchain to be natively implemented with Segwit, first to implement the RingCT and CT protocols on top of the Bitcoin codebase, and always the first to update it's codebase (currently on 0.16.0.2 with 0.17 ready on testnet) to the latest Bitcoin Core version (after Bitcoin itself, of course). They have had a lot of other accomplishments as well, though they were not the first to execute them. It is, overall, a very talented team that is not afraid to push the limit while never sacrificing privacy, security and decentralization.
To see the incredible development work made over time, watch the Github visualization videos included in this blog post: https://particl.news/particl-development-timeline-video-520d8f9c0513
Particl Project Development Timeline

Many Decentralized Marketplaces Could and Probably Will Co-Exist

As we are seeing with privacy coins right now, a lot of them are identical or almost identical, yet each of these coins has their own dedicated community. Same thing with eCommerce platforms. We have Amazon, Alibaba, eBay, Etsy, and etc…all co-existing and making profits within their own community or niche. I think we'll see the same happen with decentralized marketplaces. Wise vendors won't limit their business to one platform, as that would end up limiting their potential customer base. Instead, I see many decentralized marketplaces all co-existing and all sharing a share of the decentralized marketplace industry. This is not a winner take all kind of scenario, as long as a marketplace can offer good features, good UI/UX, low or no fees, and of course, products for sale AND customers, these platforms stand a chance to survive even though they are not alone in this space.
What I do find very interesting in Particl compared to other decentralized marketplaces is how its native coin is designed to be scarce and in high demand. As such, even a small volume of marketplace transactions could increase the value of Particl considerably. That is because:
  • Users will generate demand for the coin when making purchases (even if they use another coin)
  • More coins get locked up for a certain period of time in escrow. In reality, up to three times the value of an item can end up locked up in escrow as the buyer needs to pay for the item + make a security deposit while the vendor also has to put a security deposit. Escrow lockups can last from minutes, to hours to days and weeks, depending on the specific context and use-case.
  • A great portion of the coins are locked up in staking (can be transferred out at any time, but while they are staking they are effectively out of circulation) as the passive income gained from the process becomes very interesting when the marketplace gets transactions volume since stakers get 100% of the listings fees and other Dapp revenues. Currently, around 36.6% of the entire supply is out of circulation and being staked. Many in the community expects this amount to increase as the marketplace gets traction. Note that there is no minimum amount of PART required for staking, thus anyone can stake and receive rewards. That is even more true with the coming staking pool currently under development that will allow even the smallest of holders to stake their funds and receive smaller but more recurrent rewards.
  • Users are not forced to use PART, they can use their favorite cryptocurrency. Ultimately, non-PART transactions are still settled in PART in the background, generating demand for the coin. Particl indeed aims at attracting other communities to its platform and offer a use-case to any coin. It doesn’t mean its native coin PART cannot be positively impacted from this!
The four points above are why I believe that, even though many decentralized marketplaces will most probably end up all splitting shares of the same pie, even a low volume of transactions on Particl would probably end up naturally increase the price of the coin. No speculation needed when it takes off! This is one of the biggest reason I got into Particl instead of its competitors (their coins don’t have such good economics, not that I know of at least).

Third-Party Building on the Particl Protocol (Mubiz)

Another big thing about Particl too is that Mubiz, a decentralized marketplace aggregator and web gateway, is actually working on implementing the marketplace. What this means is that Mubiz will render the marketplace available on the web only a few days after its initial release and will offer its customers a whole array of services not readily available on Particl Desktop. These services include escrow management on behalf of the user (read…no need to deal with the escrow, all in the background and the user experience is no different than eBay), customer support & product returns, shipping management (vendors can ship their products to Mubiz), traditional means of payments (credit/banking cards, eventually Paypal and other fiat payment methods), reviews, SEO for listings, and etc.
Mubiz currently only operates with OpenBazaar, and Particl will be the second marketplace they’ll be hosting on their platform. They mentioned in an interview I conducted with Albin, Mubiz’s Founder, that they had identified issues with OpenBazaar (since it’s the first decentralized marketplace ever, it does have flaws that can be improved upon) that were not present or that were fixed with Particl, hence why they’ve decided to integrate the marketplace into its platform.
Mubiz is, in my opinion, going to provide a crucial set of services that will make Particl as easy to use as eBay or Amazon. The only difference? Vendors will be making more money (they will make 100% of the sales proceeds), in turn allowing them to lower their prices to score more sales and outplay their competitors. The end result is more profits for the vendor, more sales, and cheaper prices for the customer. Surely this should be an attractive solution for most?
What’s your biggest reason why you think Particl stands out from its competitor? I most probably forgot some stuff in there, so curious to see what you all think!
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