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Author: Uwe Cerron
To: System undo crew
Subject: Re: [unSYSTEM] DarkFi: The Coming Storm
I meant armani's anchor https://project-serum.github.io/anchor/tutorials/tutorial-0.html for solana

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> On Oct 22, 2021, at 4:03 PM, Amir Taaki <amir@???> wrote:
> Any resources? I only know Anchor from Terra.
> We have bridges from Bitcoin and Solana, and will add Eth and Monero soon. We have our own blockchain.
>> On 10/22/21 20:53, Uwe Cerron wrote:
>> Would you consider refactoring to anchor? Love that you considered solana for this.
>> */Uwe Cerron/*
>> On Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 8:30 AM Amir Taaki <amir@??? <mailto:amir@dyne.org>> wrote:
>>    Greetings comrades,
>>    Our team is happy today to share with this list the first news of our
>>    project that has been under development for the last 4 years.
>>    # Introduction
>>    It's 2013. The director of the FBI gives a speech titled "The Going
>>    Dark Problem". Solemnly he warns of an emerging crisis within law
>>    enforcement. Since the Snowden disclosures, increasing public awareness
>>    of surveillance has encouraged the wide ranging use of encryption
>>    technologies - what he calls the tech tool of choice for criminals.
>>      > Unfortunately, the law hasn’t kept pace with technology, and this
>>    disconnect has created a significant public safety problem. We call it
>>    "Going Dark" > - James Comey, FBI director
>>    The speech highlighted a risk emerging online: mass popularization
>>    of encryption threatens to create a permanent online zone that is
>>    impenetrable to law enforcement. We maintain these dark zones remove
>>    the barriers for a truly democratic society to realize itself. Recent
>>    developments in DAOs and DeFi represent an exciting step towards this
>>    future.
>>    Additional breakthroughs in cryptography such as zero-knowledge proofs
>>    are awakening a new era of challenge and upheaval. This document gives
>>    an overview of these advances and introduces our project: DarkFi.
>>    DarkFi is not a corporate startup. It's a democratic economic
>>    experiment, an operating system for society.
>>    # Societycide & the Megamachine
>>    The situation has escalated since Comey first documented the "Going Dark
>>    Problem" in 2013. The logic of state expansion together with infinite
>>    money printing and industrialism have submerged society into a constant
>>    state of war. Power and the state apparatus control, oppress and surveil
>>    society while big tech wraps us in a digital prison.
>>    This state of war has been called a "societycide". Society is
>>    increasingly deprived of its moral and political nature. People have
>>    been transformed into the fascist's herd-like masses.
>>    Internet technology is centered around extracting profit from users
>>    for low value work (clicking ads). This leads to huge data harvesting
>>    operations and the construction of a surveillance mega-machine. This
>>    encourages docility and consumption rather than active individuated
>>    usership. It is an architecture of oppression structured on user
>>    control.
>>    Newer and better artificial intelligences are constantly being honed
>>    to wage war on the resistance and force the remaining people into giant
>>    megacities. With the arrival of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)
>>    and universal basic income (UBI), centralized power is rapidly seeking
>>    to close off all competing economic arenas. The corporate state seeks
>>    to monopolize economic life. China's social credit scoring has been an
>>    instructive experiment that Western states seek to emulate.
>>    What remains in this impoverished world is a new sinister form of
>>    fascism and a dead society that has lost its moral and political
>>    fabric.
>>    Such a dead society is unable to self-organize or act with initiative.
>>    The mega-machine constantly searches for innovative methods to extract
>>    oil from the ground, fish from the oceans and lifeblood from society,
>>    even as these resources are depleted to crisis levels.
>>    For 20 years we worked on free software. It was a movement with
>>    incredible vitality and creativity, exploring ideas long before
>>    proprietary industry would dare touch them. But being a full time free
>>    software developer was a tough situation. We created tremendous value
>>    but were mostly without resources. We did not have a way to capture
>>    back
>>    some of the value we were creating. Being unable to capture value meant
>>    our expansion was limited and continually resource constrained. So
>>    these
>>    brilliant concepts that were pioneered could never be realized and
>>    society lost the full benefits of a free technology that could have
>>    been.
>>    The free software movement possessed world class developers with a
>>    community of strong believers. But the movement simply lacked resources
>>    due to there being no economic model.
>>    # Tokenization
>>    Through the power of tokenization, we now have an alternative.
>>    Programmable money enables a rich set of techniques to
>>    develop economic networks.
>>    Token engineering and DAOs are shattering the basic structure of the
>>    old world. The old world is corporate, hierarchical, and rigid. This
>>    new world is rich, intense and creative.
>>    In the classical corporate model, you have a consumer-producer
>>    dichotomy. This distinction does not exist in crypto. The focus is on
>>    community and squad wealth. Rather than a company exploiting users for
>>    profit and protecting their property, the owners and producers are the
>>    community themselves.
>>    The value of a project is directly proportional to its community. Tokens
>>    capture the value generated by a community and circle that value back to
>>    the community itself. The ability of projects to foster participation,
>>    enthusiasm and engagement is therefore crucial. Communities foster
>>    autonomy through discourse, negotiation and narrative. This in turn
>>    leads to democratic transformations of the individual, fashioning them
>>    for the values of self-governance and self-development.
>>    Nowhere is this social evolution more apparent than in DAOs. DAOs are a
>>    new governance primitive that enable latent democratic forces to
>>    assemble and organize themselves before power and capital forces can
>>    narrow them ideologically. This enables the exploration of unrealized
>>    liberation zones. The users are stakeholders that can participate
>>    directly in governance decisions. They can decide on development
>>    targets, features, salaries, capital allocation and investments.
>>    The ideal of politics is to multiply public spaces. Crypto is therefore
>>    deeply political. Politics concerns taking decisions regarding the
>>    collective interests of society such as well-being, security and
>>    freedom. In this sense politics and direct democracy are synonymous.
>>    The old model of technology is anti-political because it removes
>>    ownership from people and places it into the hands of monopoly. The old
>>    model encourages passivity and indifference by design, reducing people
>>    to consumers. This is essentially the orientation of modern technology.
>>    Its arc extends back 5000 years to the origin of civilization itself.
>>    The Wikipedia entry for civilization reads:
>>      > Civilization concentrates power, extending human control over
>>    the rest
>>    of nature, including over other human beings.
>>    History has swung back and forth in the struggle between democratic
>>    society and the state civilization system. At times this has broken
>>    out into open conflict, while in other times has led to an uneasy
>>    peace. Conflict between civilizational forms has accelerated in the
>>    modern era. Society is under siege by automated weaponry, surveillance
>>    apparatus and psychological operations which seek to undermine the moral
>>    and political freedom of people.
>>    # Autonomous Political Formations
>>    Totalitarianism cannot be defeated through compliance. Compliance
>>    only emboldens regimes of power. Totalitarian terror is let loose when
>>    opposition has died down and the rulers are no longer afraid. Compliance
>>    feeds totalitarians and never leads to normality. Resistance is
>>    essential to counter the rise of totalitarian rule.
>>    Parallel societies offer pockets of freedom that nurture ideologies of
>>    resistance and form the basis of a new society. They can be societies
>>    oriented around technology, economy, education or culture.
>>    With DAOs and DeFi we can bring to life the democratic nation where
>>    multiple cultures, ethnicities and political formations coexist with a
>>    confederalist structure.
>>          DAOs + DeFi = Autonomous Political Formations
>>    With APFs multiple parallel nations can exist online free from external
>>    coercion. These nations are owned by their community. Decisions flow
>>    from the bottom.
>>    # Multi-Chain
>>    There is a story of money that goes like this: it's the dawn of
>>    history. People are trading their surplus goods. You have an apple. She
>>    has an orange. Trade necessitates a medium of exchange. Money emerges.
>>    We've all heard this story. Except that it's a myth. This never occurred
>>    in history.
>>    In Ancient Mesopotamia there were sophisticated banking networks long
>>    before money existed. These networks offered all the modern operations
>>    associated with a bank, such as loan operations, deposits, forex, and
>>    debt settlement. Babylon, the cradle of human civilization, was home
>>    to the flourishing banking center of the region and an active futures
>>    market. Money emerged out of this system of credit networks. Deposit
>>    slips and futures contracts were traded in the form of clay tokens that
>>    could be broken. It was only much later with the emergence of the
>>    Persian empire that the gold and silver bimetallic money was
>>    standardized.
>>    The lesson history teaches us is this: economic networks are primary.
>>    It is the transfer of value within networks that gives money its
>>    meaning, not money itself. Money inherits different properties from the
>>    financial networks they exist within.
>>    In 2010, the concept of universal sound money was central to Bitcoin's
>>    emergence. As crypto has grown, we have seen the emergence of other
>>    asset classes. First, we saw the rise of blockchains with their own
>>    unique features such as Monero. Ethereum was the first to generalize
>>    this architecture, which was followed by the growth of ERC20 and the
>>    initial ICO boom. But the nature of crypto has changed fundamentally.
>>    DeFi has ushered in a new, ecosystem-based thinking that sees not
>>    just a
>>    single coin in isolation but examines networks in a holistic way.
>>    Previously we use to think about crypto-coins and their blockchain. This
>>    is Bitcoin, this is Monero, this is Ethereum. The way people reasoned
>>    about crypto was as self-sovereign atomic entities. But DeFi is enabling
>>    a new kind of reasoning. We think in terms of ecosystems and endpoints,
>>    networks and liquidity flows.
>>    With DeFi we are seeing the sophistication of crypto and the emergence
>>    of a parallel financial system. Blockchain-specific coins are being
>>    de-emphasized in favour of instruments and networks. Financial
>>    engineering allows these networks to interact, to lower volatility and
>>    transfer assets seamlessly. This is the emergence of a proto-banking
>>    layer for crypto. With it, crypto has gained a radical advantage.
>>    Banking is more powerful and more fundamental than money.
>>    Currently 1% of all Bitcoin exists inside Ethereum and this number is
>>    rapidly growing. We expect this trend to further continue.
>>    # Zero-knowledge
>>    Crypto anarchy is the tactic of using cryptography to create a space of
>>    freedom which cannot be penetrated by power and capital monopolies with
>>    coercive force.
>>    This space of freedom is the nascent seed of a democratic society. These
>>    social structures are resistant to state control and totalitarian power
>>    from the start. They are programmed with the code of resistance. They
>>    are spaces which counter social atomization and promote voluntary
>>    communal bonds by those who cherish freedom.
>>    They are dark spaces used by an alliance of democratic forces.
>>    Zero-knowledge (ZK) is a powerful technology, one that if used
>>    effectively opens vast frontiers of freedom.
>>    ZK allows us to create anonymous smart contracts. Anyone can write
>>    an anonymous program which is called a proof. Even though the data on
>>    the blockchain is encrypted, the proof makes a statement about what is
>>    happening with that data. It cannot be cheated and is completely secure.
>>    It opens up an entirely new design space of anonymous applications that
>>    previously we could not create. The technology is mature, waiting to be
>>    taken up and applied.
>>    Now you might be thinking there is a performance penalty for ZK, but
>>    actually ZK is fast. It is faster to verify a ZK proof than it is to
>>    compute the actual non-ZK function itself. And no matter how big is the
>>    data, the proof is always a constant size.
>>    For example, we can compress an entire blockchain into a ZK proof.
>>    Rather than downloading 300 Gb of data on initial sync with the
>>    network,
>>    you can instead download a 22 Kb proof that the current state has been
>>    correctly computed from genesis. There are already projects offering
>>    this. This property of ZK is called succinctness.
>>    Here is a simple program:
>>          def foo(s, x, y):
>>              if s:
>>                  return x * y
>>              else:
>>                  return x + y
>>    Lets say Alice calculates z = foo(True, 4, 110). To prove z is
>>    calculated correctly, Alice gives Bob the values of z, s, x, y and then
>>    Bob runs the function to see he gets the same result as Alice. That's
>>    not anonymous, as Bob can see the values that are input to the
>>    function.
>>       Instead Alice can use a ZK proof to show she computed the function
>>    correctly without revealing the input values.
>>    Using this technique, we can create completely dark financial markets:
>>    a global decentralized economic network operating fully anonymously.
>>    ZK is a powerful design space opening up for developers. It is also a
>>    new computational architecture different to the Von Neumann model that
>>    we are all familiar with. Certain types of operations are more
>>    favourable compared to others which takes some getting used to.
>>    There is
>>    a lot of scope and exploration here for advancing the tooling around ZK
>>    such as compilers which are still very primitive.
>>    This is the first step toward a new economic model for technology that
>>    is not based off the exploitation of users.
>>    # DarkFi
>>    DarkFi is a base layer for anonymous applications and smart contracts
>>    that is multi-chain interoperable.
>>    Find the code here:
>>    https://github.com/darkrenaissance/darkfi
>>    <https://github.com/darkrenaissance/darkfi>
>>    DarkFi is an environment with a language for writing zero-knowledge
>>    smart contracts. The research is still nascent but we already have our
>>    testnet operational.
>>    ZK unlocks an entirely unexplored design space of anonymous
>>    applications. Previously if you wanted to create an anonymous
>>    application you had to think how to combine several existing
>>    cryptographic schemes. Maybe it would be slow or impossible. But with
>>    ZK, we have a generic cryptographic schema that any programmer can use
>>    to create anonymous applications.
>>    We can create anonymous services. Users can interact with DAOs and
>>    markets where they use credentials. You attach a proof which says
>>    that a
>>    statement is correct.  Nothing else about your identity is leaked.
>>    Services are operated in this manner.
>>    Here is an example of a smart contract minting a credential:
>>    https://github.com/darkrenaissance/darkfi/blob/halo2-burn/proof/mint.zk
>>    <https://github.com/darkrenaissance/darkfi/blob/halo2-burn/proof/mint.zk>
>>    We have a chat server on Matrix at: element.dark.fi
>>    <http://element.dark.fi>
>>    We already have a testnet bridged with Bitcoin and Solana networks. We
>>    plan to add support for Ethereum and Monero soon. You can run the
>>    application and send payments.
>>    Our initial focus will be simple anonymous swaps and a DAO for
>>    governance. We plan to focus on building out organizational tooling and
>>    rapidly expand our ecosystem. Join us on this world-building adventure.
>>    We are seeking political developers and offer competitive salaries. This
>>    is an opportunity to help build an ecosystem and there will be many more
>>    projects being launched and funded on DarkFi.
>>    Every Monday 16:00 CET in #dev on our server, we have an open developer
>>    meeting over text.
>>    We are more than tool creators. We build applications and help support
>>    teams building them. We welcome everyone on our exodus to the promised
>>    land of opportunity.
>>    # Let there be dark
>>      > Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask is an
>>      > idea. And ideas are bulletproof.
>>      > - V
>>    Everybody feels that there will big a huge macro political or economic
>>    event in the next 5 years. Everybody is deeply discontented with the
>>    power and capital monopolies ruling over us.
>>    What is the next system to come along? Here is the answer:
>>    We should not be thinking about systems. Human beings are not
>>    objects in
>>    a mathematical apparatus. That is the thinking that got us in this
>>    position.
>>    What thinking do we need?
>>    What is happening around you? What are people doing? What are the
>>    problems they face? What is truth, beauty and goodness? How can we
>>    empower that face of humanity and nature that we wish to grow?
>>    Luckily we have been gifted agorist counter-economics, not just as a
>>    philosophy but as a powerful agent of change. Wield that power, make
>>    things happen.
>>    The regulators are coming for us. They see us as children with boots
>>    too big for our feet. We need to be put back in our place. They do this
>>    from outside and within. Those crazy anarchists amongst us get shushed,
>>    given freakish looks, shunned and told off for stirring the pot. Who
>>    are these people and where did they come from? Certainly in their clean
>>    corporate cages they would never have risked betting on Bitcoin in
>>    2010. Yet here they are attaching themselves to success, making sure
>>    things are done right.
>>    The narrative right now is about trivial first world concerns: GameFi,
>>    ArtFi, SocialMediaFi - the entertainment and celebrity biz.
>>    But one need only look at what power and capital monopolies seek to
>>    prevent to understand what is key to liberating the democratic nation.
>>    They are going to regulate crypto which allows any person to send
>>    crypto to any person anywhere on the planet. Or to establish private
>>    organizations that are self-governed. This destroys all proprietary
>>    models of the power and capital monopolies.
>>    Crypto will split into two. RegFi will be unusable and bolted down. It
>>    will be toothless. The other side will be the underground DarkFi. It
>>    will have bite.
>>    DarkFi is not a project or a company. We are a community and a movement.
>>    Counter-economics gives us tools to architect systems that empower
>>    free communities.
>>    Crypto-anarchy is the tactic of using cryptography for
>>    counter-economics.
>>    Privacy technologies are emerging stronger than ever and are completely
>>    unstoppable.
>>    Combine all this together and we get: DarkFi.
>>    The darkness is here and will sweep over our digital world. It cannot
>>    be stopped, since the benefits it brings are too great. All the latent
>>    potentialities of humanity that are being pushed down will be allowed to
>>    rise up to the top. This is a great power that must be used
>>    respectfully.
>>    Remember every technological revolution in history had naysayers who
>>    wanted to put the genie back in Pandora's box. But they were dragged
>>    kicking and screaming into the future against their will.
>>    There are no judgments or edicts being made here. Just statements
>>    of reality.
>>    Take it or leave it, this is what will happen. Welcome to the agorist
>>    future.
>>    Let there be dark.
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