Tor Project’s crypto donations increased 23% in 2020

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The cryptocurrency group has been doubling down on its assist to privacy-centric functions like Tor Browser in 2020, in accordance with new information.

The Tor Challenge, a non-profit group behind the nameless Tor Browser, noticed a 23% enhance in cryptocurrency donations in 2020. A spokesperson on the Tor Challenge instructed Cointelegraph that crypto-powered donations surged from $189,637 in 2019 to $233,019 in 2020.

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Based on a Jan. 25 announcement by the challenge, crypto donations made up practically 26% of whole particular person donations, which amounted to $913,110. Based on a Tor Challenge consultant, Bitcoin (BTC) was the most well-liked cryptocurrency for his or her donors in 2020, adopted by Ether (ETH) and privacy-focused altcoins like Monero (XMR):

“We now have seen that Bitcoin stays the most well-liked cryptocurrency for our donors, adopted by Ethereum and Monero — these two currencies are about evenly break up for second hottest. Subsequent hottest is Zcash.”

The Tor Challenge has emerged as a significant Bitcoin-friendly nonprofit, having started accepting BTC donations again in 2013. In March 2019, the Tor Challenge expanded the variety of supported cryptocurrencies for donations, including eight altcoins including Ether, Bitcoin Money (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) Sprint (DASH), Stellar Lumens (XLM) and others.

The challenge’s transfer to assist extra cryptocurrencies for donations was apparently extensively appreciated within the crypto group as Bitcoin holders received a chance to maintain their BTC and donate in different digital currencies as an alternative. In September 2019, Matt Odell, a Bitcoin maximalist and co-host of the Tales from the Crypt podcast, urged the community to support the Tor Project with altcoins, not Bitcoin. “Donate shitcoins. stack sats,” Odell wrote in his XLM transaction to the Tor Challenge.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin had been turning into more and more standard as a device for donations in 2020. Dave Portnoy’s Barstool Fund — an initiative to assist small companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — started accepting crypto donations by way of The Giving Block in late 2020.