Andreas M. Antonopoulos has begun a fundraising campaign for Dorian S. Nakamoto. As of last check, there had been 34 BTC donated by the community.
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When Leah McGrath Goodman first alleged that Dorian S. Nakamoto created Bitcoin, the Bitcoin community reacted passionately. While some were in disbelief that a national publication could be so irresponsible as to publish a picture of Nakamoto’s house and vehicle, others decried the lack of definitive evidence identifying Dorian Nakamoto as the creator of Bitcoin. Many were repulsed by both factors.
Goodman and Newsweek stand by their story.
Regardless, Dorian S. Nakamoto has had his life turned inside-out.
In addition to the hounding of his family by Goodman and others trying to confirm her sources, Dorian’s house has been staked out by the media, as Reuter’s reports:
Dozens of reporters, including a sprinkling of Japanese media, encircled and camped outside the man’s two-story house on Thursday morning, accosting the mailman and repeatedly ringing the doorbell, to no avail. Police cruisers drove by several times but did not stop.
Several times, someone pulled back the drapes on an upstairs window.
Once Nakamoto emerged from his house to be treated by the Associated Press to a free lunch, a car chase ensued. The chase was tweeted live by Joe Bel Bruno of the LA Times.
Even Nakamoto’s brother has come out to say that the attention “is destroying [Dorian Nakamoto]”
Andreas Antonopoulos, of Blockchain.info and a frequent spokesperson for Bitcoin in general summarized it best:
— AndreasMAntonopoulos (@aantonop) March 7, 2014
Righting The Wrong
Nothing can disassociate Dorian Nakamoto from Bitcoin now, or remove the pictures of his house and car from the internet.
Whether or not he wrote the original few lines of code that gave us Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto has never sought the spotlight or credit in relation to Bitcoin. Additionally, whatever may happen now will be viewed in part as the fault of Bitcoin by the mass media.
As a way of making amends, Andreas M. Antonopoulos began collecting Bitcoin as donations to Dorian Nakamoto on behalf of the Bitcoin community.
Antonopoulos has dictated the following for his initiative:
- Donations accepted until the end of March.
- At the end of March, donations will be converted to USD and delivered to Dorian Nakamoto.
- If the donation is rejected by Dorian, then the funds will go to a charity of his choice
- If he doesn’t want to choose a charity, funds will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Any funds sent after the deadline, will be donated to Dorian at a later date, or a charity of his choice or EFF as above.
He has also included the following disclaimer:
I have no idea if this person is Satoshi, though it seems increasingly unlikely. However, it doesn’t matter either way. If this person is Satoshi, then the funds are a small “thanks” and won’t make much of a difference.
However, if this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a “sorry for what happened to you”, help with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else.
Whether or not Dorian Nakamoto invented Bitcoin, or ever participates in our community, he is undoubtedly one of us now.
Again, I encourage you to donate to 1Dorian4RoXcnBv9hnQ4Y2C1an6NJ4UrjX. Thank you.