Second Realm Ideas
Tags: #agorism #bitcoin #monero #crypto #privacy #anonymity
A collection of Second Realm ideas (KYC-free agorist services).
1) Decentralized KYC-free PO box network 2) Funding for Tor nodes 3) Proxy merchant for freelancers 4) KYC-free healthcare 5) Bitcoin AirBnB, apartment rentals 6) Crypto-friendly taxi and delivery
Decentralized KYC-free PO box network
An idea for a decentralized KYC-free PO box network.
Background: Most PO boxes, virtual offices and LLCs require government ID. Sending to a home or work address may not be possible or safe. Receiving letters and packages should be possible for everyone, no ID required.
Process: 1) Local businesses sign up as package pickup stores and set a fee per package (e.g. $5). 2) The customer includes their phone number in the shipping address (or registers a pseudonym/PO box number on the website). 3) When the package arrives, the store sends a SMS with the pickup code (or displays the pickup code in the website). 4) To pickup the package, the customer shows the code, pays the fee in cash (or in Bitcoin via the website) and the cashier gives them the package.
Advantages: No ID needed. No courier lock-in. No theft due to pickup codes. The stores get paid for their services. No middleman needed, if the store manages its own codes and payments. A good way for store owners to earn extra money by providing accessible private mail services.
Funding for Tor nodes
Idea for a decentralized KYC-free Bitcoin/Monero fund for Tor node hosting (“Sponsor” a node):
The Tor network needs many diverse decentralized nodes for privacy and resistance to collusion and attacks (e.g. KAX17).
Many people can’t host nodes at home due to safety, cost or resources. Tor-friendly VPS hosts that accept BTC are expensive or already host many nodes.
However, people may want to donate to people who have the resources to run a node but can’t afford the costs out-of-pocket.
This concept for a decentralized KYC-free Bitcoin/Monero fund for Tor node hosting aims to connect donors to node operators and strengthen the Tor network.
How it works:
1) Donors send Bitcoin/Monero to the Tor node fund.
2) The node operator enters the IP address of their Tor node. The existence of the node is verified via the Tor Metrics website. Ownership is proven via a text file in webroot, DNS entry or Tor node contact details. The operator also enters their Bitcoin/Monero address.
3) As long as the node is online (checked via Tor Metrics), the node operator receives an amount of Bitcoin/Monero every month from the donation fund.
4) Optional bounties for home nodes vs. VPS nodes (IP doesn’t resolve to a known data center) and relay nodes vs. exit nodes.
Proxy merchant for freelancers
An idea for a proxy merchant service for freelancers or individuals in general.
Background: Without government ID, it’s difficult to access financial services, apartment or office rentals or receive mail. Many people recommend limited liability off-shore companies and making contracts under a business name instead of a personal name, but even “anonymous shell companies” require government ID. Flag Theory “second passports and residencies” require an existing ID from another country, which can’t help if you have no state-issued identity documents.
However, an individual or group with access to ID could setup a company and offer proxy merchant services to people without ID for a fee.
Personally, even access to a physical prepaid debit card with a $100/month limit, a PO box to receive mail, or a company who could rent an apartment on my behalf would be very helpful.
Process: 1) Someone with access to government ID opens a shell company or trust (possibly off-shore with a nominee director). 2) The company owner sells virtual office services for Bitcoin/Monero, but doesn’t require government ID for these services (trust is established via peer-to-peer reputation, an invite-only structure or limits). The owner could set a monthly membership fee in Bitcoin, a prepaid balance system or a per-service fee. 3) Via the shell company, freelancers could receive a company prepaid debit card, receive payments to the company bank account, access to a PO box to receive mail, and the ability to rent an office or apartment under the company name.
Risks: Risks could be managed via limited liability, an off-shore company with a nominee director, limits (e.g. $500/month for a prepaid debit card; manually reviewing every rental contract) and a trust-based structure (invite-only or a vouch from an existing member).
Some ideas for access to healthcare without government ID. In many countries, doctors require patients to show government ID to receive healthcare, even when paying out-of-pocket in cash. An agorist network of doctors would help everyone to access healthcare, regardless of documents.
1) Individual doctors, dentists, pharmacies and health clinics who accept crypto or cash from out-of-pocket patients. 2) Telemedicine/online doctors who don’t require ID, can make diagnoses and write prescriptions. 3) Gray market stores for imported prescription medicines. 4) A Bitcoin/Monero private health insurance with a network of co-operating doctors (or reimbursement after sending the doctor’s invoice). It could also print health insurance cards, which may be sufficient to access healthcare, even without a passport or national ID card.
Bitcoin AirBnB, apartment rentals
It’s possible to rent apartments without ID for cash via Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and word-of-mouth, although it can be difficult in some countries or regions. Shelter is a necessity and it should be possible to simply pay rent and deposit and move in, regardless of access to ID.
A crypto AirBnB would help a lot for short-term and long-term accommodation and could use peer-to-peer reviews, web of trust, Bitcoin deposits or multisig escrows for trust purposes.
Existing crypto marketplaces such as Bitejo.com, Particl.io or t.me/BitcoinP2PMarketplace could be used for crypto-friendly KYC-free apartment rentals, or a specialized platform could be built, similar to (now discontinued) CryptoCribs. Local groups for cities/regions would also be possible (e.g. via Signal or Matrix) and would be more privacy-friendly than a public marketplace.
Crypto-friendly taxi and delivery
A Bitcoin-friendly Uber alternative for taxis and deliveries (restaurants, groceries, packages) would be very helpful. Many taxi and delivery apps require a credit card, which is impossible to access without ID (in many countries, KYC-free Visa/MasterCard gift cards are no longer available). LibreTaxi.org is an open-source Uber alternative which could be forked to add Bitcoin/Monero support.
This is a work in progress. Existing ideas may be further developed and new ideas will be added.