Free Software Messiah Richard Stallman: We Can Do Better Than Bitcoin
Richard Stallman, an avid dedicated founder of the free software movement, suddenly stops talking and discusses the term "libertarian" as "hello."
I say I am still listening, but the confused greeting is not for me, he explains. Instead, he says that his voice is not mine, and his voice is "free".
"Does that kind of thing happen a lot?" I ask. I did not hear anything.
"Yes," he says. "It was not a voice I knew," he added. "it could be …"
Then the static word spreads quickly and his next word is no longer heard.
It was a strange incident, but apparently it was not a new experience for Stallman. His email urged NSA or FBI agents to "follow Snowden's example" and encourage them to whistle.
Stallman seems to be checking all the cypherpunk boxes in the old school. In addition to being a follower of Edward Snowden, he was a hacker of the original '70s and' 80s, a privacy activist, and a frequent invader of freedom. As a result, a cryptocurrency enthusiast could be forgiven for thinking that Stallman was a head-worn head for a bit coin.
He is not.
Before his halt to libertarianism ceased, he said that the right winner really occupies a significant portion of the bitcoin's early adopters are not worth the label. Their view of liberal democracy is more "liberal" than anti-socialism of bitcoins.
As we have said, Stallman has not found all that charm for more than just politics.
"I've never used it," he told CoinDesk.
If that's a surprise, keep in mind that a good distinction is important to Stalman. For example, he wrote a 9,000 word descriptor for the differences between the terms GNU and Linux.
In 40-ish words: In 1983 Stallman proposed GNU is an operating system that uses proprietary free software. Linus Torvalds created Linux a few years later. Many refer to packages that combine these two packages with "Linux", but Stallman claims that the proper term is GNU / Linux or GNU.
He also wrote 3,000 words about the difference between free software and open source software. Stallman claims freedom of use, research, modification, and redistribution of software, but said he is hiding "important moral disagreements" that focus on freedom and human rights, emphasized by the free software movement.
The GNU project, founded by Stallman, is developing an alternative digital payment system called Taler. Tale is based on cryptography but does not tolerate hair splitting.
Christian Grothoff, manager of the Taler project, told CoinDesk that the system was designed for the "post-blockchain" world.
Privacy concerns …
It does not seem to have been long enough to think of the world after that, but Bitcoin is not a good digital payment system for Stallman.
His biggest complaint: Bitcoin's poor privacy.
He said to CoinDesk: "What I want is to buy things anonymously from various stores, and unfortunately it will not suit me for a bit coin."
Encryption exchange allows the company and ultimately the government to identify him. Bitcoin is a big investment in mining himself, he continued, "I have a lot to do."
When Stolman asked what he thought about the personal information coin, Stallman got a specialist to evaluate his potential and said, "Each one will point out that there is a serious problem with their own security or scalability."
And speaking extensively, Stallman said:
"If Bitcoin protects your privacy, you've probably found a way to use it until now."
Taler of the GNU project shares some aspects with decryption projects, except pessimism. The most notable is to fill the same niche market.
Start with Taler's intellectual lineage. Based on a blind signature, an encryption technology invented by David Chaum, DigiCash is one of the first attempts at making secure electronic money. In addition, Taler has been involved in many cryptocurrency projects, trying to make digital money to resist the surveillance of government and payment companies.
However, Taler does not attempt to circumvent central privileges.
Grothoff said that payments are handled by a publicly centralized "exchange" rather than a peer-to-peer network, because Grotesft says the payment system will "re-enable reactivation through dangerous money laundering."
Indeed, in the break with anti-governmentism, which tends to characterize Bitcoin and some of his colleagues, Thaler's design tries to explicitly block the opportunity for tax evasion.
"We need a country that can do a lot of the necessary tasks, including fundraising, fundraising, providing people with healthcare services, providing people with healthcare services, building roads, maintaining order, and defining justice," Stailman said. "Because it's not rich and powerful people, the state has to have a lot of money," he said.
Many of Bitcoin's first supporters broke up from what they expected politically.
"It would be impossible to investigate a crime, so we would not want a perfect privacy, and that's one of the things we need in the country."
The personal information of the Taler system is limited to users who use digital cash. Grothoff said, "The coin changer does not know whether the customer A or the customer B or the customer C received the coin because it looks the same as the exchange," Grothoff said.
"Nobody knows exactly how many tokens they have," he added.
On the other hand, the merchant (or other person) who receives the prize is able to impose tax on the income tax by doing so in a visible and open manner. Not only is it more difficult for recipients to participate in money laundering.
Place for password?
Taler is not cryptocurrency, and the underlying asset (no taler or TalerCoins) is used as a new payment method for existing assets, but the system can support cryptocurrency at some point.
As with the Euro (the first currency supported by the system), both the dollar and the yen can be coinced with bit by bit using the Taler.
Similarly, a Taler is not a block chain, but a block chain based system can take the place of a bank within a system.
To allow users to transfer the euro into a Taler wallet, the Taler Exchange must interact with an existing bank system to withdraw the money. Likewise, a block-chaining-based system works in conjunction with the Taler switcher to enable users to access decryption.
Grothoff compared moving bank deposits to Taler digital wallets by withdrawing cash from ATMs. Coins in your wallet are stored locally on your device, and if a user loses a key in your wallet, there is no way to recover it, just like using a private / public key pair in a password space.
Taler is currently in talks with the European bank to allow withdrawals to the Taler wallet and re-deposit from the Taler system into the existing banking system.
Grothoff said that although the project Web site is about to arrive in 2018, it depends on how quickly the discussion with the bank can be finalized. "Banks are not necessarily easy or cheap to deal with," he said.
The traditional banking system itself is not mandatory for Taler's functions (except for regulatory compliance). In principle, the "register-based system" that Taler connects to can be a bank account or theoretically a block chain, Grothoff said.
Once the Taler gains traction, the developer can experiment with various implementations and integrations using banks, block chains, or any other desired registration system. In the end, Grothoff said:
"It's free software."
Stallman Image via Wikimedia Commons / NicoBZH
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