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General Annularis Discussion / Annularis Mission
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:47:20 PM » has the explicit goal of creating & maintaining free and open source marketplace software that above all else preserves the privacy, security, and anonymity of all users.

Preserving privacy, security, and anonymity is the primary goal. The secondary goal is to focus on ease of use for all parties. This includes making it easy to setup an instance of the Annularis Marketplace Software, easy to join, and easy to buy and sell items.

If ease of use features conflicts with preserving privacy, security or anonymity they will either not be implemented or be implemented in such a way that the users can disable them without losing functionality.

Privacy is addressed by use of GPG encryption of messages, shipping addresses, and two-factor authentication. Additionally, it will use 2 of 2 multisig by default as that further preserves information between buyer and seller without providing additional data to the marketplace administration or other escrow agents.

Security is addressed by using 2 of 2 multisig "escrow" between buyer and seller. This prevents collusion which is possible with 2 of 3 multisig. We are also exploring implementing an M.A.D, NashX styled transaction system to ensure that the winning/dominant strategy is to cooperate and not attempt to scam.

Anonymity is addressed by using Monero, encryption of shipping addresses and ensuring that the default installation of Annularis is compatible with Tor and other anonymity networks. "Compatibility" in this instance means that it does not depend on Javascript, or have data-intensive graphics since anonymity networks are often slow.

To further preserve anonymity, security, and privacy, Ring signatures will be researched as an option for the rating system: ring signatures will allow for a rating system that has verified users but without revealing which buyer or seller left the rating. This will reduce opportunities for sellers, site administration, or buyers from attempting to blackmail one another due to having potentially sensitive information such as their order history and shipping address.

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