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OpenBazaar has officially launched and to me it seems like a huge let down, just a bunch of hype, vaporware. The project started as DarkMarket made by Amir Taaki in 2014 at a Toronto Bitcoin Hackathon but was forked into OpenBazaar by Brian Hoffman, which has ironically chosen to try to distance and insulate itself from darknet markets. Also ironically, within a day of launching there were postings for weed and child porn for sale, so it appears some people were fooled into thinking they could run a shop anonymously using it. Some people even think they can use it with tor, but the Tor Project itself warns about trying to use programs that use the UDP protocol with tor as not being a good idea.
For years people hoped the project would result in a truly decentralized anonymous online free market. But as long as it runs only over the clearnet, even with the use of VPNs, OpenBazaar will not truly be free. There does seem to be interest in getting OpenBazaar to run over i2p, and if that works out, that would be great.
OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman said in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine that, "What is the best way to bootstrap a decentralized, private marketplace without basically inviting all of the darknet marketplaces to just shift their stock onto this and scare the crap out of any potential normal user from joining OpenBazaar?" Hoffman went on to say that they are putting off implementing a way to operate OpenBazaar over an anonymizing network like i2p or tor, saying, "We’ve basically deferred it to a little bit later in the development process. This, we hope, will give us time to establish a baseline of nodes on the network and liquidity of items without overwhelming it with just darknet items."
There is a great poster of the UFO over a treeline with the words "I WANT TO BELIEVE" that is seen on the wall of Mulder and Scully's office on the TV series The X-Files, but instead of the UFO it is a picture of the OpenBazaar tent logo. I'm like Mulder on OpenBazaar, I WANT TO BELIEVE that OpenBazaar will turn into what we all hoped it would. But will the team developing OpenBazaar encourage it to happen soon enough? And if it doesn't end up living up to our hopes, then isn't it nothing more than vaporware? If so, hopefully someone will make a fork for use on the darknet.
I WANT TO BELIEVE Poster: https://postimg.org/image/cgc9zfbpv
Bittorrent over Tor isn't a good idea - The Tor Project
OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman Explains Levels of Anonymity in OpenBazaar - Bitcoin Magazine
By the way, sorry the IPFS article isn't done yet.