General News Apr 01, 2020

Bitcoin Core Moves to Dark Web to Avoid Censorship

Bitcoin Core has created a dark web-accessible site in response to user…

The Bitcoin Core, a site that provides updates concerning the open-source Bitcoin software, has shifted to the dark web to resist censorship.

According to the statement, the decision was taken following a number of requests from users hoping that the platform would be hosted on the Tor hidden service. From now henceforth, Bitcoin Core can be accessed through the onion address (http://6hasakffvppilxgehrswmffqurlcjjjhd76jgvaqmsg6ul25s7t3rzyd.onion/) apart from the fact that the site will enforce additional measures for censorship resistance.

In the March 27 announcement, it was revealed that the platform, known to be managed by a host of developers, has turned to the dark web in a bit to deal with censorship that has affected the crypto industry. This aspect will be ensured owing to the hidden service’s provision of an alternative trust path that rules out the reliance on certificate authorities and DNS mechanisms.

In perspective, certificate authorities are charged with monitoring websites for authenticity whereas the DNS mechanism is used to link IP addresses to domain names – in this context, The decision by the website to pitch tent in the dark web means that Bitcoin Core will have cut down its reliance on this infrastructure.

Just to remind us on what we already know, the dark web is a part of the internet that’s not indexed by conventional search engines like Google. Essentially, this means that a user cannot search or visit a dark web site unless they possess its precise web address. Truthfully, while the dark web has been associated with illegal activity, there’s a long list of legitimate uses of dark web platforms.

Bitcoin Censorship Resistance

Censorship resistance happens to be among the greatest features offered by a decentralized blockchain system. In the traditional financial scenario, the money held by a bank account can be controlled by a third party in the sense that they decide on timelines and intended destination of funds as far as transactions are concerned.

In the context of the Bitcoin blockchain, sending money is a simple affair that eliminates the fear of government censorship that’s the preserve of fiat currency economic systems. Nonetheless, absolute freedom is still a long dream considering that law enforcement authorities and the banks continue to target the crypto industry.

Thus, resistance against government-facilitated oppression and censorship happens to be an ongoing battle. Bitcoin has managed to circumvent censorship for a long time despite the fact that a number of prevailing factors continue to threaten the cryptocurrency’s level and strength of resistance.

Otherwise, in comparison to other forms of virtual money in the censorship resistance sense, Bitcoin maintains a steady lead. It has gone straight to the textbooks that no other digital currency has sustained the same degree of decentralization and reliability like Bitcoin.

This aspect stems from the fact that the cryptocurrency operates using a governance model, immutable blockchain and the capacity to be liquidated via automatic teller machines (ATMs) – factors that build up to Bitcoin’s promise of freedom.

However, it goes without saying that more work needs to be done. This revelation comes in the wake of a host of crypto and non-crypto-related players pressuring Bitcoin including miners, exchanges, and regimes.

Otherwise, amidst all the negativity and pressure, Bitcoin continues to operate without significant interruption from the aforementioned forces – and without the direct influence of third party censoring agents on user transactions.

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