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ENABLING CODERS TO PRIORITIZE PRIVACY

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FOR A WORLD FREE FROM PRYING EYES.

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Prying eyes, eavesdropping ears, clawing hands… Today’s internet is dark forest full of predators and parasites, ready to exploit the unwary and unprotected. We must do better.

We envision a world where ordinary people can freely and confidently conduct their digital affairs, aware and equipped to face the ever-present threats. A world where privacy by design is the norm.

Who are the cypherpunks?

Cypherpunks are advocates for the widespread use of strong cryptography and technologies that enhance privacy and self-sovereignty. The movement began in the 1980s, but the name was coined in 1992, followed by Eric Hughes’ 1993 A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto. Notable achievements by cypherpunks include the creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), PGP, SSL, SSH, BitTorrent, Tor, WikiLeaks, Bitcoin, smart contracts, Zcash, and Signal. A great introduction is Reason TV’s short documentary, Cypherpunks Write Code.
The “cypherpunk” name was a pun based on “cyberpunk”. “Cipher”—an encryption-decryption algorithm—comes from the Arabic word for zero. So “cypherpunk” should not be confused with cyberpunk--cypherpunks are a movement based on a philosophy, while cyberpunk is a genre and Blade Runner aesthetic. And, despite their shared fondness for masks, cypherpunks should not be confused with Anonymous: cypherpunks defend, Anonymous attacks.

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Council

The Cypherpunk Guild Council consists of:

Arto

Arto Bendiken

arto.near

Autodidact, cypherpunk, entrepreneur, and prolific open-source author.

Evgeny Kuzyakov

ek.near

ICPC gold medalist who served years in Big Tech before leaving to pursue machine learning and blockchain.

Jon

Jon Matonis

matonis.near

Director and Chief Economist at Cypherpunk Holdings, monetary economist, a founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation and a financial columnist.

Ozymandius

Ozymandius

ozymandius.near

Digital nomad, NEAR advocate, and founder of 4NTS Guild.

Dani

Dani Osorio

waverlymaven.near

Dartmouth grad and veteran of high-growth startups and the Ethereum ecosystem.

Frank

Frank Braun

frankbraun.near

Cypherpunk, cryptoanarchist, and co-host of the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast.

Yulian

Yulian

nomad.near

Generalist with 5+ years of experience in High Growth tech companies.

Grants

investment philosophy

Like all grant-giving organizations, the CPG seeks to maximize benefit by supporting projects that advance its mission with the greatest possible impact.

We have identified several priority areas:

1.Private transactions (including every aspect of DeFi with more privacy)
2.DAO/governance technology (including private voting)
3.Messaging and social networks

However, we would be happy to receive proposals in innovative and surprising areas.

CPG grant impact is a product of two factors: the impact of our investment on the project, and of the project on the world. We believe that cryptographic technologies offer such 100x potential.

Importantly, we want our donors to know that their resources have been put to good use. Our grant recipients should make both us and our donors proud!

apply for a grant

The grant application system is currently hosted within the NEAR Forum. To apply for a grant, you should...

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Join the the NEAR forum at gov.near.org

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Spend at least 10 minutes reading posts, in order to achieve Trust Level 1, and receive posting privileges

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Start a new topic in the Cypherpunk Guild community category; you will be presented with a a grant application form as a markdown template

Alternatively, you can use this Google Form, and we will repost it to the forum. Once your application is posted, the community can discuss it, and you can update it freely. If you feel uncomfortable with this public process, you may submit the application to us directly and request that we not share it.

Funded

Below are some of the organizations and projects that the Cypherpunk Guild has had the honor of supporting:

ZeroPool

ZeroPool

zeropool.network

ZeroPool is a multi-blockchain, ZKP-based solution for transaction privacy.

Suterusu

Suterusu

suterusu.io

Private Payment Infrastructure for Cryptocurrency.

Zecrey

Zecrey

zecrey.com

Bringing privacy to digital assets.

NYM

Privacy-infrastructure gurus Nym are producing a ZKP study for the CPG and NEAR.

Backers

As a Swiss non-profit association, the Cypherpunk Guild is funded by donors who support our mission.

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The founding donor is the NEAR Foundation, steward of the NEAR Protocol, that is enabling a world where people have control over their money, data, and power of governance. Learn More

Open Web Collective

Another generous donor is the Open Web Collective, a blockchain accelerator and community pioneering the Open Web: a future where users can manage their identity, privacy, money, and data. Learn More

The Cypherpunk Guild welcomes other donors, large and small. If you would like to contribute, please contact us or use one of the methods below.

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Bitcoin (BTC): 35jD1rozb1H97y3ctDMJPKnPMC3T9TJDQE

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Ethereum (ETH): 0xF6A17cec86220C28A5F839b828797E3cfEbCB5cd

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NEAR: cypherpunkguild.near

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Decred (DCR): DsSu1toUhqZA2d4CVUuhRa8t173Sf1Bbnz1

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Monero (XMR): 8AgZMniMuLxNo7vvULrPZvCqNLznscfSjHSQ5cJyfsYA5HdURpv1cAhFXT8NqVxUhxU4c6zrB8T335QwLqxKc1tDFkFh4Bb

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Zcash (ZEC): t1P5rxu6PTVqtvEV6YGaxugYdFsftY4jgey

Get involved

If you share the cypherpunk philosophy, get involved! It’s true, “Cypherpunks code”, but there are other ways to contribute. If you have an itch, scratch it.

You can join the discussion in several venues:

Events

Porcupine Freedom Festival

21-27.06.2021

New Hampshire

porcfest.com

HCPP21

1-3.10.2021

Prague

twitter.com

News

Cypherpunk Holdings Joins the Cypherpunk Guild Council

June 22, 2021

streetinsider.com