Let's lead in today with a recent story that Monero isn't actually as private or anonymous as we once thought.
Researchers have discovered flaws in Monero, a digital currency that boasts a high degree of anonymity, that could lead to the identification of users. From a report:
Monero is designed to mix up any given Monero "coin" with other payments, so that anyone scouring Monero's blockchain can't link it to any particular identity or previous transaction from the same source. But in a recent paper, a team of researchers from a broad collection of institutions -- including Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Boston University, MIT, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- point to flaws in that mixing that make it possible to nonetheless extract individual transactions.
That shouldn't just worry anyone trying to stealthily spend Monero today. It also means evidence of earlier not-quite-untraceable payments remain carved into Monero's blockchain for years to come, visible for any snoop that cares to look.
Now, I'm not saying you should or should not obey/disobey a government law or what you should do about your "legal share" of the taxes that they say you owe. I try not to tell people what to do.
But it seems interesting that Dan is, in a way, telling everyone to obey gov laws and pay their taxes, or at least don't place your trust in blockchains and coins that offer privacy in hopes that it's true and will keep your secrets safe from the government. .
As a self-proclaimed Anarcho-Capitalist, I thought that he would be in favor of helping free people keep their hard-earned money and he may accomplish this with EOS. One question I have is that with the amount of transparency, which the government (and anyone else) can track everything we do, isn't it effectively a honeypot for government surveillance? Does @dan think he can create such a system to put this level of information in the face of the government and basically tell them that they arne't powerful enough to do anything about it?
So privacy may not be an option in EOS. Sounds a bit ahead of it's time like Apple dropping all ports on their latest MacBooks ;)
That leads to my 2nd question....in a recent interview with EOSRAD.io, Thomas Cox of Block.one said that if they had consensus, the Block Producers could freeze your address (no transactions in or out are possible) and/or remove funds from your address. This is rly similar to how the banking system is built...one that I quit to go full time into crypto because people couldn't be taken from or shut down. Now, I'm all about arbitration and making sure people don't get frauded...but having the ability to force a transaction on a blockchain without the private key holders permission seems very strange and a bit disturbing. AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?? Is there not a better way to solve the fraud issue than busting in to someone's account and taking the money back? Maybe not, but I'm very curious.
Circling back to Question #1...what if the government and their friends in large corporation happen to be block producers and are able to extend influence over other BPs before they can get voted out. What happens if "you didn't pay taxes on this money that we've identified you own" ends up in your EOS wallet being frozen and money literally being taken out of your account?
I was also surprised when Thomas Cox said that Anarcho-Capitalism was a "young, male adolescent" trait and "heartless". Interesting. I get the premise, he's saying that if you find a "loophole" in the code (in Bitcoin for example) which allows you to do something that's technically possible, but not socially approved, then it's theft. In EOS, there's arbitration that can reverse and correct this theft.
For the record, I think that Anarcho-Capitalists are the most heartfelt and kind people i've ever met. Personally, I don't support the government's business model of theft and non-voluntary action. Everyone should have to earn their customers by providing so much value that the business relationship is voluntary and win/win. That said, I still pay my taxes and fill every year b/c I would rather pay off the mafia than go to jail.
I still very much support EOS and please don't take this post as any disapproval for the platform. It will be a real force to be reckoned with when launched, but I do have some concerns regarding the radical transparency approach and the ability of the "masters" (BPs) being able to take money from your account. Sounds like government-driven central banking. I know it's all voluntary and if I don't like the system, I'm not required to stay involved which is a HUGE difference b/t EOS and the US Gov.
Nourishing curiosity and skepticism,