Privacy Network Tor Now Accepts Donations In Cryptocurrency

News, Now Accepting | March 25, 2019 By:

Nonprofit organization The Tor Project is now accepting donations in nine major cryptocurrencies.

Founded by computer scientists Roger Dingledine, Nick Mathewson and five others, The Tor Project is primarily responsible for maintaining software for the Tor anonymity network, a free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity to the user, including “visits to websites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms. Tor’s intended use is to protect the personal privacy of its users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored.

In a Twitter post, Tor said that it will now accept donations in bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, ether, Litecoin, Monero, Stellar Lumens, Zcash and Augur. The digital anonymity-focused nonprofit’s crypto donation page encourages users to “stand up for the universal human rights to privacy and freedom and help keep Tor robust and secure.”

“We decided to accept cryptocurrency because more and more donors requested that option,” Tor fundraising director Sarah Stevenson said in a statement. “The Tor Project and the cryptocurrency communities both value privacy, so it makes sense. We focused on two things: the return on investment of time and effort and the coins donors had specifically requested. We are currently limiting the number of separate wallets we need to monitor and manage and also only accepting currencies that can be converted to fiat via Kraken.”