Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System

Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System

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On Friday, Oct. 19, the developers of Bitcoinfiles.com launched the first official version of the product. Now anyone from around the globe can tether a file (5kb or less) to the BCH chain, ensuring its resistance to censorship.

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File Storage Tethered to the Bitcoin Cash Blockchain

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developers James Cramer, Attila Aros and ‘Hapticpilot’ have announced the launch of a working product called Bitcoinfiles.com, a platform that allows people to upload and download files tied to the BCH blockchain. Currently, the files allowed have to be small and the service only allows 5kb or less per upload. The programmers have added a $0.25 fee in order to process a BCH file upload. Downloading a file doesn’t cost anything and you can share the file’s URL with anyone you like.

Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System

Uploading and Downloading Timothy May’s Timeless Manifesto

Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System Experimenting with Bitcoinfiles.com is fairly intuitive if you are able to operate a BCH wallet and are familiar with uploading files to hosting sites. Basically, users simply press the upload button and can browse their operating system for files under 5kb. In order to test the platform, news.Bitcoin.com copy and pasted the entire text from Timothy May’s Crypto Anarchist Manifesto text into a rich text file (rtf) which ended up being roughly 4kb in size.

After pressing the upload button and choosing a file, the user has to accept a disclaimer which basically states that Bitcoinfiles.com is not responsible for illicit behavior. After accepting the disclaimer, you can pay for the file upload ($0.25 + network fee) either by using the Money Button or using a QR code and the text from a traditional address.

Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System

After whipping out the trusty Bitcoin.com Wallet, the QR was scanned without error and I paid the fee. Almost instantly after the invoice was paid the platform showed me it was uploading my file. The upload took less than a minute and the Bitcoin Files application dispersed a BCH blockchain URL at the end. Users can also view uploads on the website’s file explorer powered by Bitdb 2.0. The manifesto was there, showing a timestamp of approximately 16:59 UTC and the file’s hash as well. After the upload was complete, I then pressed the download file button on the website to choose from all the uploaded files on the network. Using the URL from the previous manifesto rtf file upload, the platform downloaded the file very quickly, with no charge for downloads.

Bitcoinfiles.com Developers Launch Censorship-Resistant File Storage System

Files That Endure the Test of Time

The implications of a project like Bitcoinfiles.com could be massive as the platform can allow anyone to create an uncensorable file that’s forever tied to the BCH chain. The protocol does not require any registering or identification and files could be uploaded by anonymous whistleblowers, journalists, and anyone else who wants to save files in an immutable fashion. However, some may think a concept like this could be problematic if people were to upload illegal or taboo material and malicious data. The project is open source and the protocol could be integrated elsewhere. so it’s possible files could be uploaded and extracted without depending on the Bitcoinfiles.com platform as well.

What do you think about Bitcoinfiles.com? Let us know what you think about this project in the comments section below.


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Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

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Trading volumes on exchange-escrowed peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency trading platforms in India are rising rapidly amid the banking ban by the country’s central bank. “Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways,” the CEO of a local crypto exchange told news.Bitcoin.com. Several other exchanges competing in the same space are seeing similar responses from their users.

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P2P Trading Volumes Growing Rapidly

Indian cryptocurrency exchanges that offer P2P services are experiencing rapid growth in trading volumes despite the cryptocurrency banking ban by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe CEO of Indian crypto exchange Wazirx, Nischal Shetty, told news.Bitcoin.com that “In a bear market with no banking, Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways.” Wazirx launched its exchange-escrowed P2P service on July 10, a week before the RBI ban took effect.

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingIndia’s central bank has banned financial institutions from providing services to crypto businesses. As the country’s supreme court continues to postpone hearing the petitions against the ban, a growing number of Indian exchanges have implemented their own solutions to the banking problem such as using P2P trading and launching cryptocurrency ATMs.

Shetty shared with news.Bitcoin.com:

P2P is working great for Wazirx. It’s helping us increase our daily trading volumes as well. In fact a few days ago we hit 100 BTC in daily trading volume for the first time … we’ve crossed over $5M in P2P in the 3 months since we’ve gone live.

The exchange revealed at the end of September that its trading volumes had grown 35 percent in the past few months, consistently reaching 50 BTC in daily trading volumes during the month.

Some More P2P Offerings

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe exchange-escrowed P2P option has become a popular way for traders in India to cash out their coins. Recently, crypto exchange Instashift conducted a survey of its users and found that the majority of 50 respondents prefer to cash out their cryptocurrencies using P2P services. Instashift offers the trading of over 80 cryptocurrencies. With a community of over 900 members using its P2P platform, the exchange told news.Bitcoin.com, “We are clocking approximately around 2-5 million INR [$27,194 – $67,985] per week in India & our volumes are looking promising in Canada & Nigeria as well.”

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingCoindcx also allows its users to convert over 80 cryptocurrencies into the Indian rupee. Its P2P platform Dcxinsta allows users to buy cryptocurrencies “instantly with INR … in less than 60 seconds,” according to the exchange’s website. On Thursday, Coindcx announced that “INR open order book” is now live on the exchange so users can now “place limit orders for trading in INR and see a complete order book using their existing INR wallets.”

The CEO of Coindcx, Sumit Gupta, explained to news.Bitcoin.com that the “Minimum buy or sell amount for any user is Rs 10. (approx. 15 cents)” on his exchange, emphasizing that “every Indian can now invest in crypto.” He further revealed that on his P2P platform:

We’re getting a phenomenal response from users with average no. of orders being more than 10 per Dcxinsta user.

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Japanese Consortium to Research Direct Trading of Electricity with Blockchain

A Japanese consortium is to research the use of blockchain technology to determine the price of surplus electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation, and a new system capable of direct trading.Japan Unisys to Build Blockchain Platform to Facilitate Trading of ElectricityA partnership between the University of Tokyo, IT company Japan Unisys, electric utility Kansai Electric Power, and Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, the largest in Japan, will study the viability of a dedicated platform powered by blockchain that manages direct trading of electricity.The research addresses the widespread use of renewable energy such as solar power generation, which is leading to a change of the current power supply system from a conventional large-scale intensive type to a self-sustained distributed type.Researchers estimate that in the future electricity will be directly traded through a dedicated platform.As distributed ledger technology spreads in the financial sector and other industries, including energy management, the Japanese consortium will test a blockchain powered platform to test how well it determines the purchase price between electric consumers and consumers. For instance, a production consumer who uses the electricity generated by himself and sells the surplus.The study will use the surplus electricity generated with solar power equipment at consumers’ houses to determine prices, conduct simulated transactions with blockchain technology, and send power to multiple consumers, according to the announcement.“Through this empirical research, we will acquire knowledge on power direct transactions using blockchain technology, and will continue to provide more practical empirical research, such as verification at home and collaboration with financial institutions. We will contribute to the realization of a society to utilize in a sustainable manner.”The distributed system will be developed by Japan Unisys with Mitsubishi UFJ Bank (MUFG) advising on the use of blockchain on settlement and transactions.The utility company will create the demonstration system at the same experiment center, and the University of Tokyo is in charge of the research and findings.MUFG is highly involved with the technology. In May, the bank announced it will commence the commercialization of blockchain payments by early 2020. Its blockchain, developed by U.S. firm Akamai, will focus on a high throughput of up to one million transactions per second.The use of blockchain for electricity trading is not new.Matchmaking platform Bittwatt has recently launched its decentralized service of energy supply, billing, and balancing. The platform integrates regulatory information and data shared between energy suppliers, grid operators and smart consumers.Featured image from Shutterstock.