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.
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.
The Cypherpunk Guild Council consists of:
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:
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!
The grant application system is currently hosted within the NEAR Forum. To apply for a grant, you should...
Join the the NEAR forum at gov.near.org
Spend at least 10 minutes reading posts, in order to achieve Trust Level 1, and receive posting privileges
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.
Below are some of the organizations and projects that the Cypherpunk Guild has had the honor of supporting:
ZeroPool is a multi-blockchain, ZKP-based solution for transaction privacy.
Private Payment Infrastructure for Cryptocurrency.
Bringing privacy to digital assets.
Privacy-infrastructure gurus Nym are producing a ZKP study for the CPG and NEAR.
As a Swiss non-profit association, the Cypherpunk Guild is funded by donors who support our mission.
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
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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