Bitcoin and Weak Frequency Signals: Bypassing Network Censorship With Radio

This past weekend at the Scaling Bitcoin 2017 conference at Stanford University, two individuals discussed a new method of providing the Bitcoin network with more censorship resistance by utilizing weak signal radio communications. Stanford University’s Elaine Ou, and the computer scientist, Nick Szabo, introduced a project they are testing which secures consensus proofs with weak signal radio propagation.

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Tethering Bitcoin to Weak Signal Radio for Network Resilience

Bitcoin is a fascinating network of verification nodes all working together to secure the blockchain, and its tethered sets of consensus proofs. At the moment, the network is pretty secure, but there are concerns it can be attacked in the future or blocked by things like firewalls, ISP gateways, governments, and telecommunication monopolies. During the scaling conference this past weekend, researchers Nick Szabo and Elaine Ou explain how the Bitcoin network could be broadcasted utilizing “Weak-Signal-Propagation” through radio broadcasts. The two researchers are currently testing and developing the radio-based platform.

Bitcoin and Weak Frequency Signals: Bypassing Network Censorship With Radio
Stanford University’s Elaine Ou and computer scientist Nick Szabo (left) discuss bitcoin and radio broadcasts.

Weak signal radio communications started coming to life around 2008 when the developer Joe Taylor open sourced “Whisper,” a weak signal propagation reporter. Whisper is a computer program that tethers weak signal radio broadcasts between amateur radio users. To propagate the Bitcoin network using similar technology, Szabo explains the goals are long range broadcasts with a relationship tied to the radio community.

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