Bitcoin has made some serious waves as a digital currency in the past year. Now an outfit called unSYSTEM is seeking to crowdfund $50,000 in order to fund four months of full-time work to finish development and testing on a new Bitcoin storage and sharing solution, called Dark Wallet.
Dark Wallet promises to be a browser-based plugin that tracks and stores Bitcoin in a way that maximizes privacy and security for the end user. One of the overarching goals of the project is to keep Bitcoin exchange anonymous in order to thwart the efforts of government entities in regulating and controlling Bitcoin as a form of currency. According to the campaign page, the wallet will release in Q1 of 2014 and be compatible with both Chrome and Firefox as a browser extension, which should make it easy to use every for the Bitcoin laymen in the crowd.
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One project organizer featured in the pitch video may look familiar. It’s Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, the organization that seeked funding on Indiegogo for a handgun that could be printed on a 3D printer.
In true libertarian form, the project’s “administration will be publicly accountable” via a public portal that provides maximum transparency to the development process.
The project’s success depends largely on whether developers integrate and make use of this tool, so they’re encouraging developers to begin working on those efforts now. Dark Wallet is based on a handful of publicly-available Bitcoin-specific libraries: libbitcoin, sx, and Pybtctools. The authors of these tools are involved in the creation of Dark Wallet.
Extra funds will be used for features unplanned as of yet, and the team can begin preparing for that reality. The campaign launched yesterday and has already raised over $20,000 of the $50,000 goal. Barring some unexpected disaster, this campaign will find full funding in short order and likely move on into the six-figures.
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