Anonymous cryptocurrencies are a hot topic these days, as many are trying to lead the pack in this category. Digital currencies such asMonero, Dash, and Shadowcash have been increasingly growing in value. Now, another privacy-centric currency has entered the space: DarkSilk (DSLK). This project claims to bring more privacy to the crypto-landscape. Also read: JP Morgan’s Ethereum-Based Quorum Gets Mixed Reception
Bitcoin.com chatted with Spencer Lievens, lead developer and CTO of the Silk Network. Lievens gave us an inside glimpse at the Silk Network project and what his team hopes to accomplish. He also explains to our readers the difference between DarkSilk compared to the many competitors on the market. Additionally, Lievens details what they believe DarkSilk’s relationship with Bitcoin is and the overall mission of the Silk Network itself.
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Bitcoin.com (BC): Can you explain to our readers what the Silk Network is?
Spencer Lievens (SL): It is likely that you have not heard of the underground team/project Silk Network , nor the ICO for DarkSilk(DSLK) which is due for release on the 5 th of November. This is fully understandable as our team doesn’t consist of marketers or promoters, but simply visionaries and visionary developers.
Silk Network strives to combine the best technical innovations from modern cryptocurrencies into a coherent ecosystem, thus ensuring security, anonymity, and long-term viability. Our platform consists of DarkSilk, Silk, and Weaver; the three parts which make up the tripartite of Silk Network.
On the 23rd of December 2015, we formed Silk Network Ltd., which is a for-profit organisation driven by its members who can mold and shape Silk Network. Our business model is focused on two pillars, servicing our Weaver platform with its features and stabilising the DarkSilk currency (yes stabilising the currency is a profitable process).
While most crypto-organisations rely on outside funding, the Silk Network aims to keep control over its own business process, and through that realise its goals, to be autonomous to that end would be a great achievement.
The value of Silk Network is apparent once the team, the vision and work achieved thus far are further brought to light. BC: Can you tell us about the core team behind the Silk Network? SL: The Silk Network team consists of 8 protagonists including myself, all of whom are involved with cryptocurrency for not just the social change it will bring, but to proactively improve the securing of the user via trustless systems, hardened algorithms, encryption, quantum cryptography, blockchain development, and decentralisation. BC: What is the Weaver platform?
Spencer Lievens, Lead Developer of the Silk Network SL: What users will see Weaver as is a website that you log into and are presented with a dashboard. From there they can access many varied cryptographic services such as online wallets, mining services, forums, Stormnode hosting, encrypted messaging, the ability to pay Bitcoin invoices with either Silk or DarkSilk and API access to all facets of the system.
Users will have the option of three accounts tiers, Standard, Gold or Diamond. Standard accounts should be good enough for most users, but if a user wishes to have stealth addresses or algo auto-switching on the multipool, higher priority withdrawal, different payout options on the multipool or instant swap, then a paid account may be an option that will better suit them. These paid accounts can also be paid for using Silk, DarkSilk or Bitcoin and are monthly subscriptions. Users will have access via an API to every facet of Weaver such as their Dashboard, Woven, Mining and Analytics.
Weaver is also what handles the stabilisation mechanism, however, long term we are looking to decentralise this across the DarkSilk and Silk blockchains.
BC: Can you tell our readers about Stormnodes and how it differs from Dash’s Masternodes? SL: Primarily for end-users the use of the Stormnode network will come in the process of mixing their coins for Sandstorm and the signing of their InstantX transactions. For the user wanting to invest in DarkSilk and in turn Silk Network, then the Stormnode is an excellent option.
The Stormnodes collateral cost is 1000DSLK, which is locked whilst the Stormnode is running. During its operation users receive rewards of 0.382DSLK, and this offers a great return on investment. Unlike Dash’ Masternodes the reward to Stormnode owners is not deducted from the Proof-of-Work reward.
Another benefit of the Stormnode network is the budgeting system; proposals can be made by any user on the network which is then voted upon by the Stormnode owners/operators. Voting power is given to those who have invested directly into a Stormnode and are actively increasing the anonymity of the userbase, processing quorums and supporting the network.
Silk Network will be directly utilising the Stormnode proposal platform to allow the community to vote on the direction of not just DarkSilk, Silk or Weaver, but the whole Silk Network.
For the network, another benefit of the Stormnode network is the use of them as a second tier of security. A Stormnode can confirm other tasks on the network, completely independent of the network itself, which allows for further applications to be developed by other developers and assigned to them. An example of one of these tasks or quorums is InstantX. A quorum we are looking to enable via the Stormnode network is a decentralised exchange which has been worked upon by Silk Network and Johnathan Turrall of MetaLair.
The Stormnode network within DarkSilk really does add an amazing factor to the Silk Network as a whole and its evolution. BC: What is Sandstorm? SL: PrivateSend in Dash is an improved and extended version of CoinJoin which has been rebranded in DarkSilk(DSLK) to Sandstorm. This allows users to attain fungibility by being able to anonymise their DarkSilk using the Stormnode network. The amount of rounds the coins are anonymised and the amount of coin anonymised, are both selectable. This gives the user the option to further increase their anonymity.