The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, has been a heavily contested topic in the cryptocurrency community for the better part of a decade. Although Satoshi has since faded into the shadows, some classify him as a legend, many still try to find out who he, she or they are.
Crypto Mysteries: Who Is Satoshi?
Satoshi burst in this world at the end of 2008, following the financial crisis of the same year, posting the original Bitcoin white paper on a cryptographic forum. In the end, the network was launched and Satoshi became the (rather ironic) face of the project for the next few years. While becoming a household name throughout the nascent cryptorosphere, nobody really knew who he was and what he had done with the bitcoin he had undermined.
Some speculated that it was Craig Wright, an Australian coder who claimed to be Nakamoto. Others say that it was a group of like-minded individuals who started to take effect through a new decentralized system. While speculation rages, it could really be anyone's guess, well for ordinary civilians like you or me anyway.
As reported previously by Ethereum World News, many have begun to believe that someone knows who the "father" of Bitcoin is, in particular government agencies that have access to tools and tactics that can make it easier (easier) to find a individual so reserved
The Game Is Afoot – International Crowdfund user research campaign
While government agencies could potentially maintain Nakamoto's identity under lock and key, others have tried to take matters into their own hands.
A group of people, joining hands through the hashtag #findsatoshi, recently launched an "international research for Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto" campaign on the Russian crowdfunder BoomStarter. The German Neff is directing this move, hoping to collect more than 15 million Russian rubles or $ 200,000 in the equivalent dollar value.
By publishing a statement next to BoomStarter's post, Neff wrote:
"It is time we find Satoshi Nakamoto … The appearance of Bitcoin is broadly compared to the explosion of a supernova. one happened, some uncertainty began to happen … Satoshi needs to be found, and it's not just a trivial curiosity, now the market is on a fragile balance, and for the further development of cryptocurrency, we need to know who created the cryptography and why. "
Explaining how this research would work, the user continued to write about how they would hire independent investigative agencies in the United States, Japan, and Europe to find the figure. In addition, the campaign will support linguists, IT professionals and others who have specific professional skills to help with this research.
At present, the campaign has raised 31% of its target, or 4.7 million rubles ($ 70,000 US) It remains to be seen who is exactly behind the influx of funding, but this interest shows that users really want to know who Satoshi is. Neff seems to have a polarizing view on Satoshi, since he wrote that "we (supporters of #findsatoshi) have the right to know Satoshi's identity."
But as some see it, this obscure figure is probably dead, captured by the government, or hidden in such a secret place that no one would have the slightest idea of where to find them. Furthermore, many advocates of cryptocurrency have kept their distance from such research, since finding the figurehead of the Bitcoins substantially undermines the very nature of decentralization and pseudonymy itself.
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