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Samourai and goTenna Enables Bitcoin Deals Without the Internet




Samourai Wallet is working with goTenna, a company that specializes in off-grid communications, to make txTenna, an Android app that mixes mesh networking with Bitcoin transactions.

The app essentially allows users to pair their phones with goTenna’s portable antennas to broadcast transactions.

goTenna makes consumer-grade hardware to enable mesh networking, which is a concept that symbolizes much of the decentralization ethos that is seen all over the cryptocurrency space. goTenna operates by letting peers connect directly with one another to rout packets, eluding the need to lean on an ISP or cell tower.

“What will happen when these massive centralized networks fail due to natural disasters, as they did after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, or due to some kind of outside cybersecurity attack? What will happen when providers decide to crank up prices just because they can?” Rich Myers, goTenna’s Decentralized Applications Engineer, explained.

“Mesh networks are the only legitimate alternative to these traditional centralized communication networks. They are completely decentralized and democratized, leaving the power of communication in the hands of the people. Beyond that, they are much more resilient to unforeseen disasters — the only thing these networks need to function is a mesh networking device paired with a smartphone.”

For its part, Samourai Wallet has been concentrating on censorship resistance and privacy-oriented tools since it started operations in 2015. With features such as direct interaction with trusted nodes, added hops to avoid chain analysis, and SMS commands for remotely wiping wallets, it has seen mainstream adoption by users that want to incorporate another layer of privacy into their bitcoin transactions.

Samourai has been curating, a research and development project to further reinforce the censorship-resistant properties of the Bitcoin blockchain and also released the code for Pony Direct, a proof-of-concept app for broadcasting transactions over SMS in January.

“We believe one of the most fundamental value propositions that bitcoin provides is censorship resistance,” SW, the CEO of Samourai said.

“The freedom to transact freely and without permission is not a freedom to take lightly, or give up without a fight. We saw the open internet transform into a walled garden, captured by regulatory and corporate interest working together — and largely aided by red-herrings like ‘net-neutrality.’

“The tools we are building arm the little guy — the individual — with the tools they need to level the playing field against the inevitable overstepping of bounds by hostile actors, oppressive regimes and overzealous governments,” said SW.

“We’re making some material changes to Samourai Wallet to allow for a greater high latency and offline experience. In conjunction with the release of txTenna, Samourai Wallet users will be able to theoretically keep their phone offline at all times and still be able to send and receive payments with minimal hassle.”

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