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### The Monero Project
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### List of Icon Authors
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### What We Collect
The Monero Project uses Google Analytics to collect usage and visitor data for this website. This is enabled via a small piece of JavaScript code, and will not run if you have JavaScript disabled.
We also collect standard server logs from our webserver. We do not collect cookies anywhere on the site except when using the Monero forum (located at [forum.getmonero.org](https://forum.getmonero.org)).
### What We Use the Data For
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The cookies used on the Monero forum are used to identify returning users who have opted in to have their user session active for a period of time, as well as logged in users actively using the forum.
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### Terms of Use
*Last revised: February 18th, 2014*
This website is operated by The Monero Project, a loose collective of individuals behind Monero. By visiting and using this website you will be accepting these Terms of Use ("TOU"). Please read them carefully and if you disagree with the TOU in any way, then do not use this website. The Monero Project reserves the right to post changes to the TOU on this website at any time, and by your continuing to use the website thereafter, you agree to be bound by the new version of the TOU. If any TOU changes are not acceptable, you must stop your use of this website. In these TOU, "The Monero Project" and "we" refers to The Monero Project, and "User" or "you" refers to each visitor to this website. "Monero" refers to the digital currency that can be used by the software available on this website.
#### Sites and Services
We do not guarantee that access to or use of this website or any services will be uninterrupted or error free, and The Monero Project shall not be liable for any feature not being accessible or for any unavailability of its website and services. The website and its features may be expanded, limited or modified at any time by The Monero Project to meet the needs of its Users, or for technical or other reasons, without advance notice or reason. We may also in our sole discretion, and at any time, discontinue providing, temporarily or permanently, any or all of the website, without notice. To access some of the content or features of the website or its services, Users may need to enhance or update the hardware or software in their computer systems. The Monero Project assumes no responsibility for any failure to access the website or any services, partially or fully, whether due to the User's system, the Internet network or any other cause.
#### Minors
We do not provide information or services to minors, and if you are under 18 you may only use this site with the active involvement of a parent, guardian or other supervising adult.
#### No Investment Advice
This website does not provide individual or customized legal, tax, financial, or investment services. Since each individual's situation is unique, a qualified professional should be consulted before making financial decisions. Since Monero is meant to be used as a medium of exchange, nothing on this website constitutes investment advice or a solicitation to buy, hold, invest in, own, or use Monero.
#### Content Limitations
We make no guarantees as to the accuracy, thoroughness or quality of the information on this website, which is provided only on an "AS-IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis at User's sole risk. This information may be provided by third parties and The Monero Project shall not be responsible or liable for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the website content. The information provided at this site are neither comprehensive nor appropriate for every individual. Some of the information is relevant only in certain parts of the world, and may not be relevant to or compliant with the laws, regulations or other legal requirements of other countries. It is your responsibility to determine whether, how and to what extent your intended use of the information and services will be technically and legally possible in the areas of the world where you intend to use them. You are advised to verify any information before using it for any personal, financial or business purpose. In addition, the opinions and views expressed in any forum post on this website are solely those of the author(s) of the article and do not reflect the opinions of The Monero Project. The website content and services may be modified at any time by us, without advance notice or reason, and The Monero Project shall have no obligation to notify you of any corrections or changes to any website content.
#### Proprietary Rights and License
This website and its content are protected by copyright, trademark and other proprietary laws. For details please refer to our [Copyrights notice](/legal/copyright).
#### Third Party Content
Any testimonials, opinions, advice, product or service offers, or other information or content made available on or through this website by third parties ("Third Party Content") are solely those of their respective providers and not of The Monero Project which does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, reliability or usefulness of Third Party Content. It is the responsibility of the User to evaluate Third Party Content and The Monero Project shall not be liable for any damage or loss caused by Users' reliance on or other use of Third Party Content.
#### Materials Posted by Users
By posting or submitting any material to this website, including on the forum, you will be (a) granting The Monero Project a world-wide fully paid-up non-exclusive license to allow your materials to be edited and displayed by The Monero Project on its website, and accessed by Users, for the purposes and on the terms in these TOU, (b) agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless The Monero Project and its Users from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of your materials, and (c) representing that you own or otherwise have the right to post the materials, that the materials are accurate, that use of the materials on the The Monero Project website does not violate any laws, and that the materials will not cause injury to any person. The Monero Project shall have the right to use your name in connection with your posted materials.
#### Viruses and Malware
The Monero Project takes many precautions to ensure the files available for downloading through this website are not tampered with, and where appropriate SHA hashes are provided for end users to confirm they have downloaded the correct file. Nonetheless, The Monero Project does not guarantee that files available for downloading through this website will be free of infection or viruses or other code that may have contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for integrity, security and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to the site for the reconstruction of any lost data. It is almost always advisable to check the SHA hashes of the files you have downloaded, and if in any doubt consider [compiling Monero from the source code](https://github.com/monero-project/bitmonero).
#### Sponsors and Advertisers are Not Endorsed
Though we seek to partner with quality companies, we are not responsible for the claims or representations made by sponsors and advertisers. The Monero Project does not review, endorse or recommend the products or services of any company mentioned on our site. We will not be liable in any way for damages of any kind resulting out of the misuse of any personal information or data submitted by you to an sponsor or advertiser.
#### Offsite Links
As a convenience to Users, the The Monero Project website and services may provide links to other sites or resources. Because we do not review or have no control over such sites and resources, The Monero Project shall not be responsible or liable for use of or reliance on any content, products, services or information at such sites or resources. Inclusion of any links does not imply any endorsement, affiliation, approval, association or sponsorship by The Monero Project of the linked websites, resources, their operators or owners. When you select a link, you may be leaving our website. The information available on Third Parties' websites may have certain restrictions on its use or distribution which differ from these TOU.
#### Password Protected Areas
Some areas of the The Monero Project site ("Password Protected Areas"), primarily the Monero forum, are password protected and available only to Users who are registered on the Monero forum. Registration requires Users to fully complete the account registration process. The Monero Project reserves the right to deny or revoke registration or access to Password Protected Areas for any User. The Monero Project takes reasonable measures to ensure the security of the Password Protected Areas but cannot guarantee the absolute security of information or communications in such Password Protected Areas. Users are responsible for maintaining the security of the password they set and must notify us if they believe that the security of their password or account has been breached or subject to unauthorized use. Additional account security is available through the use of GPG authentication, and all users of any Password Protected Areas are encouraged to take advantage of this layer of protection. The Monero Project will not be liable for any loss or liability incurred as a result of an unauthorized person using a User's password.
#### Prohibited Conduct
The following activities are strictly prohibited:
- Spamming, advertising, soliciting or political campaigning
- Personal attacks on or abuse of any members, moderators, or administrators of the forum
- Postings for any unlawful or fraudulent purpose (including links)
- Posting of personal information (for yourself or anyone else)
- Phishing
- Posting materials containing viruses or other malicious or destructive code
- Posting of offensive content including profanity, obscenity, racist or pornographic material
- Posting of any materials that are defamatory or infringe any person's rights
#### Privacy
This website may collect personal information from some Users. Because The Monero Project respects the privacy of its Users and their personal information, it has established the [Privacy Policy](/legal/privacy) to protect your personal information.
#### Communications
When you visit our website or send us email, our responses to your communications will be by e-mail. All agreements, notices and communications that we provide to you by email will satisfy all legal requirements that they be in writing and delivered to you. The Monero Project will have the right to disclose any email sent by a User, or any objectionable material, to comply with legal process or to protect the rights or property of The Monero Project, its customers, suppliers and Users.
#### No Monero Financial Services
This website does not store, sell, buy, send, or receive Monero. All activities related to the ownership and transfer of Monero currency units is done on the decentralized Monero network, of which this website is not an active participant.
#### No Liability for Monero Loss
The Monero Project will not be responsible for any damages, claims, or losses arising from the use of Monero, including the actions or inactions or events related to third parties, security problems during the use of any Monero-related software or service, technical failures during the use of any Monero-related software or service, software or data corruption problems during the use of any Monero-related software or service, or user errors during the use of any Monero-related software or service.
#### DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE MONERO PROJECT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND ITS SERVICES, OR THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS OR CURRENTNESS OF ITS CONTENT, IN ANY WAY AND FOR ANY PURPOSE.
#### EXCLUSION OF CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
IN NO EVENT WILL THE MONERO PROJECT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR INDIRECT DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE OR ANY OF ITS SERVICES OR CONTENT, OR LOSS OF DATA, EVEN IF THE MONERO PROJECT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE.
#### EXCLUSION OF LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS
BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS THE MONERO PROJECT'S LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
#### General
These TOU, and any applicable TOS, constitute the entire agreement between each User and The Monero Project governing the User's access to and use of the website and its services, and supersede all prior agreements regarding its subject matter. The TOU shall be governed by the laws of the Republic of South Africa without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws. Each User hereby attorns and agrees to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Western Cape, South Africa. The failure by a User or The Monero Project to exercise any right or to enforce any provision of the TOU shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOU is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the court shall give effect to the intentions reflected in the provision to the degree possible, and the other provisions of the TOU will remain in full force and effect. It is the express will of The Monero Project and each User that the TOU and any applicable TOS have been prepared in English.
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## About Monero
To most people, financial privacy is very important. Yet in recent years, we have seen a staggering amount of big corporations, banks and governments have their records compromised, each time leaking information about their users, their practices, and their balance sheets. The unfortunate but undeniable conclusion is that there is no safe place to conduct private transactions.
There *was* no safe place to conduct private transactions. Monero provides a place where your financial activities are private. Monero is one of the leading cryptocurrencies in the post-Bitcoin world, and it is built on principles of privacy, decentralization, and scalability.
From an economic point of view, a currency needs to be fungible. Fungibility is a property of money that makes all units "equal." Without fungibility, money flows can be tracked and tainted, making it very difficult to use the digital tokens as money.
Monero is a secure, private, untraceable currency. It is open source, freely available to all, and was fairly launched on April 18th, 2014, without premine or instamine.
The technology behind Monero has already spiked the interest of several established people in the Bitcoin development world and the cryptography community.
Monero development is completely donation-based and community-driven, with a strong focus on decentralization and scalability.
With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds, and your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.
Read on to find out how Monero is helping to solve real problems and limitations of existing cryptocurrencies, and building a more private blockchain.
## PRIVACY
Monero seeks to provide absolute transactional privacy in an effort to create true electronic cash. With Bitcoin, as well as with the vast majority of cryptocurrencies that have been established since, any and all transactions are entirely traceable. Any casual observer can read through the Bitcoin blockchain, and for any transaction, this observer can find out the exact amount that was transacted, as well as the precise transaction origin (sender address) and destination (recipient address).
With Monero, for any private transaction, the same observer has no means to uncover the origin, destination, or amount transacted. As such, transactions on the Monero blockchain, are private and fundamentally untraceable.
But Monero is more than a currency. Driving the official slogan - “secure, private, untraceable” - are a multitude of applications where the parties involved wish to remain private. The Monero blockchain can keep confidential contracts confidential. Since the forthcoming, blockchain-powered internet of things will place the cloud all around us, it is then increasingly important that open access tools like Monero exist to provide a secure boundary for private settlements.
An often overlooked, but nonetheless important layer of privacy in a connected world, is that of the networking infrastructure. We have teamed up with Privacy Solutions, and development is well underway to incorporate an i2p router in Monero. In a world where ill-intentioned governments and ISPs can void an individual’s basic privacy rights on a whim, it then becomes necessary to establish a private communication platform.
The underlying technologies and cryptography upon which Monero is built, has been (and continues to be) the subject of extensive analysis and review by numerous individuals and research groups. It has garnered favorable attention by some of the most prominent figures of the Bitcoin and cryptography world, such as Andrew Poelstra (andytoshi), Gregory Maxwell, and Nicolas Courtois.
With Monero, transactions are private by default. However, each user has the ability to select different levels of privacy, optionally disclosing their transaction information, or even provide audit access (view only) to their full Monero account.
## DECENTRALIZATION
While most cryptocurrencies align to theoretical principles of decentralization, the reality is that most fall short of such a claim. More often than not, it is not just one branch of a cryptocurrency system that is centralized in one form or another, it is that many branches are so.
With Proof of Stake currencies, irregular emission and distribution models cause most of the staking power to end up in the hands of a privileged few. Participants of lesser weight are reduced to second class citizens, with little chance of ever obtaining similar returns.
With Proof of Work currencies, of which Bitcoin remains the most significant reference, the mining process is largely concentrated in a handful of pools. This centralization of mining power, combined with a transparent blockchain, has already lead to various occurrences of transaction censorship.
Other currencies opt for a closed development model, thus centralizing the invention process itself. These closed platforms commonly fail to meet any form of public audit or expert review. More importantly, these are platforms that will at anytime swing left and right, in order to satisfy the interests of the restricted group that holds control of development.
Monero contrasts with these examples in various and meaningful ways. Monero is powered strictly by Proof of Work, but specifically, it employs a mining algorithm that has the potential to be efficiently tasked to billions of existing devices (any modern x86 CPU).
This very characteristic, and more so once it is coupled with @Smart Mining, has the potential to ensure that for long years to come, the process of mining new Monero coins is within reach of the common individual, not an exclusive opportunity to the owners of large mining operations.
Furthermore, as transactions are private by default on the Monero blockchain, transaction censorship is inherently void.
The Monero development landscape, on the other hand, is very much the opposite of a closed or restricted access model. The core branch currently enjoys more than 30 contributors, pushing 1000+ commits over the past year. The project is happy to take on new contributors and any future plans, long-term direction and priorities are openly discussed with the community. Indeed, the policy that governs contribution to the Monero codebase is exhaustingly inclusive - all contributions are accepted into the development branch, where new code can be scrutinized and tested by the entire community.
Most contributors in the Monero development landscape are quite passionate for an open source philosophy, and in this rich creative environment, new projects have sparked to life. @OpenAlias is one notable example, which has seen adoption by (amongst others) a major Bitcoin-related software product.
## SCALEABILITY
One of the problems with cryptocurrencies is scaleability. Most cryptocurrencies are derived from the Bitcoin codebase and thus have a "block size limit." This limit has become a big issue in the Bitcoin community and led to fierce discussions.
Monero doesn't suffer from this block size debate, because it has a dynamic block size limit. This limit is automatically recalculated regularly based on a look-back window. A penalty system prevents out of control growth of the block size.
Another issue with most cryptocurrencies is the development of a fee market. This issue is somewhat linked to the block size debate: the narrative is that when you limit the block size, a fee market will eventually develop. But this claim is highly debatable. When the transaction fees are supposed to be the main incentive for miners to secure the blockchain, it is possible the current consensus model will not be sustainable. At the moment, miners still act as they are expected: they mine on the longest chain. When they don't do that, they risk losing the block reward. But when that block reward becomes small compared to the mining fees, it's possible miners will have an incentive to not mine on the longest chain and start a fork trying to "steal" high transaction fees which were included in the latest blocks. Therefore, Monero implements a "permanent block reward." The block reward will never drop below 0.3 XMR, making Monero a disinflationary currency: the inflation will be roughly 1% in 2022 and go down forever, but the nominal inflation will stay at 0.3 XMR per minute. This means that there will always be an incentive for miners to mine Monero and thus keeping the blockchain secure, with or without a fee market.
## FUNGIBILITY
Fungibility is an important property of any functioning currency. You can try to hide your bitcoins as much as you want, if you tried to mix your non-fungible coins using a mixer, coinjoin or another type of "anonymity enhancing feature," these transactions can still be flagged as "possible suspicious activity on the blockchain," even if you are anonymous. Using non-fungible tokens as currency can eventually lead to blacklisting/whitelisting either by governments or through self-censorship. Some examples of these measures could be payment processors or exchanges refusing your tainted coins as a payment or deposit or miners refusing to include your suspicious transaction.
On the other hand, Monero transaction outputs have "plausible deniability" about their state: you can't tell if they are spent or unspent in a certain transaction or not. This leads to an opaque (non-transparent) blockchain making all coins "equal." @Fungibility is built into Monero at protocol level, making it real "digital cash."
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## About Monero
To most people, financial privacy is very important. Yet in recent years, we have seen a staggering amount of big corporations, banks and governments having their records compromised, at every time leaking information about their users, their practices, their balance sheets. The unfortunate but undeniable conclusion is that there is no safe place to conduct private transactions.
There was no safe place to conduct private transactions. Monero provides a place where your financial activities are private.
Monero is one of the leading cryptocurrencies in the post-Bitcoin world, and it is built on principles of privacy, decentralization, and scalability.
Read on to find out how Monero is helping to solve real problems and limitations of existing cryptocurrencies, and building a more private blockchain.
## PRIVACY
Monero seeks to provide absolute transactional privacy in an effort to create true electronic cash.
With Bitcoin, as well as with the vast majority of cryptocurrencies that have been established since, any and all transactions are entirely traceable. Any casual observer can read through the Bitcoin blockchain, and for any transaction, this observer can find out the exact amount that was transacted, as well as the precise transaction origin (sender address) and destination (recipient address).
With Monero, for any private transaction[1], the same observer has no means to uncover the origin, destination, or amount transacted. As such, transactions on the Monero blockchain, are private and fundamentally untraceable.
But Monero is more than a currency. Driving the official slogan: “secure, private, untraceable”, there are a multitude of applications where the parties involved wish to remain private. The Monero blockchain can keep confidential contracts, well… confidential. While the forthcoming, blockchain-powered internet of things will certainly place the cloud all around us, it is then increasingly important that open access tools exist to provide a secure boundary for private settlements.
An often overlooked, but nonetheless important layer of privacy in a connected world, is that of the networking infrastructure. We have teamed up with Privacy Solutions, and development is well underway to incorporate an i2p router in Monero. In a world where ill intentioned governments and ISPs can void an individual’s basic privacy rights on a whim, it then becomes necessary to establish a private communication platform.
The underlying technologies and cryptography upon which Monero is built, has been (and continues to be) the subject of extensive analysis and review by numerous individuals and research groups. It has garnered favorable attention by some of the most prominent figures of the Bitcoin & cryptography world, such as Andrew Poelstra (andytoshi), Gregory Maxwell & Nicolas Courtois.
[1] With Monero, transactions are private by default. However, each user has the ability to select different levels of privacy, optionally exposing the amount of a given (own) transaction, or even provide audit access (view only) to his full Monero account.
## DECENTRALIZATION
While most cryptocurrencies align to theoretical principles of decentralization, the reality is, that most fall short of such a claim. More often than not, it is not just one branch of a cryptocurrency system that is centralized in one form or another, is that that many branches are so.
With Proof of Stake currencies, irregular emission and distribution models cause most of the staking power to end up in the hand of a privileged few. Participants of lesser weight are reduced to second class citizens, with little chance of ever obtaining similar returns.
With Proof of Work currencies, of which Bitcoin remains the most significant reference, the mining process is largely concentrated in a handful of pools. This centralization of mining power, combined with a transparent blockchain, has already lead to various occurrences of transaction censorship.
Other currencies opt for a closed development model, thus centralizing the invention process itself. These closed platforms commonly fail to meet any form of public audit or expert review. More importantly, these are platforms that will anytime swing left and right, in order to satisfy the interests of the restricted group that holds control of development.
Monero contrasts with these examples in various and meaningful ways.
Monero is powered strictly by Proof of Work, but specifically, it employs a mining algorithm that has the potential to be efficiently tasked to billions of existing devices (any modern x86 CPU).
This very characteristic, and more so once it is coupled with Smart Mining[2], has the potential to ensure that for long years to come, the process of mining new Monero coins is within reach of the common individual, and not an exclusive opportunity to the owners of large mining operations.
Further, as transactions are private by default on the Monero blockchain, transaction censorship is inherently void.
The Monero development landscape on the other hand, is very much the opposite of a closed or restricted access model. The core branch currently enjoys more than 30 contributors, pushing 1000+ commits over the past year {there has to be better stats to put in there}. The project is happy to take on new contributors and any future plans, long term direction and priorities are openly discussed with the community. Indeed, the policy that governs contribution to the Monero codebase is exhaustingly inclusive - all contributions are accepted into the development branch, where new code can be scrutinized and tested by the entire community.
Most contributors in the Monero development landscape are quite passionate for an open source philosophy, and in this rich creative environment, new projects have sparked to life. OpenAlias[3] is one notable example, which has seen adoption by (amongst others) a major Bitcoin related software product.
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[3] {Insert a neat description of Open Alias here.}
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### What is OpenAlias?
OpenAlias seeks to provide a way to simplify aliasing amidst a rapidly shifting technology climate. Users are trying to cross the bridge to private and cryptographically secure infrastructure and systems, but many of them have just barely started remembering the email addresses of their friends and family.
As part of the ongoing development of the Monero cryptocurrency project, we asked ourselves: how can we simplify payments for users unfamiliar with cryptocurrency? Monero stealth addresses are at least 95 characters long - memorizing them is not an option, and asking someone to send a payment to <95-character-string> is only going to lead to confusion.
At its most basic, OpenAlias is a TXT DNS record on a FQDN (fully qualified domain name). By combining this with DNS-related technologies we have created an aliasing standard that is extensible for developers, intuitive and familiar for users, and can interoperate with both centralized and decentralized domain systems.
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### The Monero Core Team
Monero is not governed by any foundation or central body, but ongoing development, maintenance, and research is primarily directed and often funded by a core team of seven individuals.
Five members of the Core Team prefer to stay pseudonymous at this time, but two of them are more public and have revealed their real identities. For ease of reference those two members (Riccardo and Francisco) are at the top of the list below, but beyond that the list is presented in no particular order:
- **Riccardo "fluffypony" Spagni** (*[email protected]* / [@fluffypony](https://twitter.com/fluffypony))**:** Based out of South Africa, Riccardo brings a strong business acumen and a deep understanding of cryptocurrency, software development, and cryptography to the table. He has been involved with cryptocurrency-related projects since 2012.
- **Francisco "ArticMine" Cabañas** (*[email protected]*)**:** Based in Canada, Francisco holds a PhD in Physics and brings extensive business and non-profit experience to the table. He has actively researched and invested in cryptocurrencies, since 2011, and focuses on the economic, social, regulatory and long-term viability aspects of cryptocurrencies.
- **smooth** (*[email protected]*)**:** A software developer, entrepreneur, and investor, smooth has been involved in several cryptocurrency projects since 2011, including development of the first multicurrency exchange (initially supporting Bitcoin and Namecoin). By virtue of his long-standing involvement in the cryptocurrency community, he is well known and trusted by many.
- **othe** (*[email protected]*)**:** Based in Germany, othe has been interested in cryptocurrency since early 2011. Currently he works as an independent consultant for various cryptocurrency-related businesses. He is known for his previous work as a core Vertcoin developer.
- **luigi1111** (*[email protected]*)**:** Hailing from the Midwest, USA, luigi1111 is a sysadmin by day. He has been actively involved in several cryptocurrencies since 2013, and loves cryptography, probability, and English grammar.
- **tacotime** (*[email protected]*)**:** A bioinformatics enthusiast and software developer from Toronto, tacotime has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2011. He is well known for his work on MC2, a hybrid PoS/PoW cryptocurrency, and his contributions to various Conformal projects such as btcd.
- **NoodleDoodle** (*[email protected]*)**:** A former Silicon Valley engineer, NoodleDoodle is a seasoned hardware and software developer. He started his involvement with cryptocurrencies in 2012 and currently spends his time working on "cool aerospace stuff" for a university.
### Development Contributors
There have been many individuals that have contributed to the Monero Project; a complete list of which can be found on our [Github Contributors page](https://github.com/monero-project/bitmonero/graphs/contributors).
Some that have made outstanding contributions include: [moneromooo](http://github.com/moneromooo-monero/bitmonero/branches), [Thomas Winget](https://github.com/tewinget), [Howard Chu](https://github.com/hyc), [mikezackles](https://github.com/mikezackles), [oranjuice](https://github.com/oranjuice), [warptangent](https://github.com/warptangent), [rfree](https://github.com/rfree2monero), [jakoblind](https://github.com/jakoblind), [tomerkon](https://github.com/tomerkon), and [anonimal (Kovri)](https://github.com/monero-project/kovri).
### The Monero Research Lab
The Core Team forms an integral part of the Monero Research Lab, but the researchers, scientists, and academics that are primarily focused on Monero research are listed below. They have chosen to remain pseudonymous for the moment. They are:
- **Surae Noether:** Lead researcher for the Monero Research Lab, Surae holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences and brings a rich understanding of cryptography and homological algebra to the mix.
- **Sarang Noether:** Having completed his Masters in Mathematical Sciences, Sarang is currently completing his doctoral degree in Physics, while devoting time on the side to the advancement of Monero research.
- **Shen Noether (previously)** A graduate student focused on algebraic geometry.
### Other Contributors
There have been massive contributions to Monero from its inception from so many people, including: zone117x, LucasJones, wolf`, Professor David Andersen, wallet42, Neozaru, Gingeropolous, cAPSLOCK, and many, many others.
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### Crypto-Kingdom
A MMORPG with a real-world economy with monero as native currency. You can make trades, start an in-game company or develop real estate on your path to becoming a land baron. And when you're done building your empire, you can sit back, pour a beer and chat with your friends. It's Second Life, Wall Street and social networking rolled into one game.
Visit [http://cryptokingdom.me](http://cryptokingdom.me), [Bitcointalk](https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=819073.0) and [Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/cryptokingdom) for more info.
### Monerodice
A Monero gambling site.
Visit [http://www.monerodice.net](http://www.monerodice.net) for more info.
### XMR.TO
A website designed to pay any BTC address using monero.
Visit [http://www.xmr.to](http://www.xmr.to) for more info.
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### Bob wants to spend XMR he received in his account and send it to Carol.
#### How is the transaction made?
A: Bob gets access to his "real input" that was send to his "stealth address"
1. Bob needs the public key from the transaction that contains the output he received and wants to send - Bob needs to @ECDH this key with his private view key.
2. Bob also selects the exact number of the output from the transaction that contains the output he wants to send. The other output(s) in this transaction is/are change (Bob doesn't have the private key for those other outputs) Note: typically, due to @auto-denomination, Bob will have more than one output per transaction that belongs to him.
3. Bob needs the "master" private key of his account - private spend key, to be precise.
4. Points A 1,2 and 3 are used to calculate the private key for the specific output he wants to send. (the public key for the transaction can be calculated from this private key - This is correct, but the public key is also stored on the blockchain.)
B: To protects Carol's identity, Bob will do the following to generate a "one time" public key for this transaction, making it impossible for others to link all transactions send to Carol to the same "stealth address"
1. Bob generates a random number scalar, this one isn't clear from the graphic at all.
2. This random number is hashed into the transaction public key the transaction private key, and is scalar mult'd into the transaction public key.
3. He selects the number associated with the outputs (due to auto-denom) that Carol will receive, the other output(s) is/are change that goes back to Bob.
4. He needs the "master" public key from Carol to be able to send it to her stealth address - Carol's public view key.
5. Points B 2,3 and 4 are used to calculate the public key for the specific outputs he wants to send.
C: to "mix" the inputs, Bob creates a ring signature
1. He selects the actual public key (+ that output's private key) from the output he wants to send, but he also adds other public keys into the mix.
2. To prevent double spending, Bob needs to send a valid "key image" together with the public keys of the outputs (or inputs if you prefer).
3. He signs the combination of inputs and the key image with his private key, proving the key image is valid (Bob owns the private key associated with the key image) and that (somehow? I don't know how this works) one of the public keys is used to generate this key image, but as a spectator of the blockchain, we can't know which of the used outputs is "the real one that is being transferred". His private key and the other chosen public key(s) are used to create a ring signature; they'll be one signature for each input, collectively making a ring signature. The key image is an additional public key computed from the output private key (not public key) that's actually being spent.
4. This is the collection of outputs that is signed. He grabbed the "fake ones" from the blockchain. He doesn't need permission from the owners for that. This isn't quite right: those are the outputs that are doing the signing. A hash of the TX prefix is "what" is actually being signed.
5. This is the key image he signed. If Bob ever tries to send the same output again, the exact same key image will be generated and thus the double spend will be detected.
6. This "ring signature" is added to the transaction containing the public keys that are used in the transaction and proving Bob's ownership of one of those inputs.
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