How did you hear about MaidSafe - SAFE Network?

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Derailing now, but I think part of what binds this community is the gravitational effect of shared values that we see epitomised by the direction and leadership of the project.

Cor, that’s more than enough brown nosing for one day, I feel dirty. Going for a shower :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Came across this transcript of a TED-talk by Jamie Bartlett:

How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream - Sep 2015

Since the revelations from Edward Snowden, there’s been a huge increase in the number of people using various privacy-enhancing tools. There are now between two and three million daily users of the Tor browser, the majority of which use is perfectly legitimate, sometimes even mundane. And there are hundreds of activists around the world working on techniques and tools to keep you private online – default encrypted messaging services. Ethereum, which is a project which tries to link up the connected but unused hard drives of millions of computers around the world, to create a sort of distributed Internet that no one really controls. Now, we’ve had distributed computing before, of course. We use it for everything from Skype to the search for extraterrestrial life. But you add distributed computing and powerful encryption – that’s very, very hard to censor and control. Another called MaidSafe works on similar principles. Another called Twister, and so on and so on.

Then on to an at the time still available description in Wikipedia:


MaidSafe (Massive Array of Internet Disks - Secure Access For Everyone) is an open-source program that enables a decentralized internet platform. Instead of specialized servers, data is stored and distributed by a network of internet-connected computers supplied by network users. MaidSafe handles the allocation of hard disk space and communication between the computers (ensuring redundancy in case a computer goes offline). Data stored on the network is either encrypted or cryptographically signed by MaidSafe-connected applications (clients); the network itself cannot decrypt any of the data.

Users providing storage space, cpu power and bandwidth to the network earn Safecoin, a digital currency that can be used to store information on the network.

Wikipedia - MaidSafe


From Ernest Hancock at - he has done a lot to get the word out about the project.


I heard about it through the Ethereum reddit. I had a distant interest in bitcoin from the very early days but didn’t manage to “get involved” until MaidSafe came along.

I was originally wondering about investing in the Ethereum crowdsale but didn’t like the terms and instead invested in MaidSafe.

What convinced me MaidSafe was different was:

  1. Reading David Irvine’s metaquestions blog which gave me a sense if the man and the values he is trying to realise through this project.

  2. The relentless stream of “W.T.F., this is awesome” moments as I delved into the what and the how and began to understand the technology David and his team have been creating.

I’m a technical guy who is also values driven, and David and MaidSafe have no rival in this respect as far as I can see. I’m also financially driven and so hope it will hit all three of my targets, but even if all we achieve is a better world :wink: my money and other contributions will have made a difference and (also having an ego) … I have the T-shirt and wear it proudly! :slight_smile:


Via comment on an article on, concerning Dropbox I think.
I was searching for a good backup strategy for my brother (he went for a cheap NAS).


Growing up in Kenya has made corruption / money / power into problems that are constantly on my mind, and I have always been looking for a sustainable solution to these seemingly permanent problems

MaidSafe / freedom of all data (books, research, videos, source materials etc) / currency truly by the people is what I believe to be the only thing that can solve these things and improve all our lives forever :slight_smile:

EDIT: and I think it was this one IDK :stuck_out_tongue:
Someone commented MaidSafe as a solution


Although I had seen MaidSafe mentioned before, I first really took notice in July 2014 after reading a CoinDesk article featuring interviewed explanations by David. I was intrigued by the idea of decentralized technology inspired by patterns in nature, and began searching for more information about the project after that.

The values behind the project (freedom, privacy) seemed to align very well with my own, and it also reflected my long-held interest in free/open-source technology/culture, and digital preservation. I’ve been following the project and forum daily (and posting occasionally) ever since.


Heard David Irvine interview by Ernie Hancock on Declare Your Independence radio/podcast.


I had this idea of a robust (lots of FEC), globally distributed, encrypted storage network of random untrusted nodes; it would’ve cached the users’ data on their own devices first (home network, laptop, car computer; I’m not sure smartphones were big enough a thing yet), but also on other devices with addresses close enough in XOR space. The zeros in front of the XOR addresses would’ve signified how much is own data and how much is for global use (e.g. smaller numbers => fewer nodes, but with more public storage space.) It was a neat idea but I was (am) nowhere near to actually build something like that :joy_cat:

Google led me to Lifestuff.


Thanks for everybody who shared their story.

Would love to hear more. :slight_smile:

I was looking for a maid, typed “maid” into Google. Guess it knew I liked Bitcoin.


Stumbleupon under Futurism :slight_smile:


wow, the chances…

fate :slight_smile:

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I heard about MaidSafe when a YouTube link to “MaidSafe Technology Overview” ( ) was sent to me. I believe it was that sent it.
I was immediately intrigued with the scope and idea of the concept, but it was not until I listened to David that I was convinced of the real potential for it to become a reality.
There is something about the way David speaks that strips away pretense and embodies a deep selfless humility.
I am not knowledgeable at all when it comes to understanding computer systems or code, so it was the reaction and comments of others that helped to cement the possibility for me that this was real. The genuine caring nature of a lot of the people on this forum also lends credibility and support to the project, creating an inviting atmosphere where even those of us that are not very technologically savvy feel welcome.
Of course, nothing is going to create a wave of excitement like the release of the MVP to give people a hands-on experience, but, for me, the more exposure we can get of David explaining the vision, speaking and interacting with highly intelligent interviewers, the better.


I first heard about MaidSafe from a forum post on Bitcointalk that linked to their Google group. Read about it there and ended up participating in the crowdsale. Still have all those coins in a paper wallet.

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Was scimming my usual IT sites friday night and on Techcrunch it revealed!


I first heard about it from an article that someone posted on diaspora*, but I didn’t look into it much then. About a year later I remembered it again but I couldn’t remember what it was called; however, I was eventually able to hunt it down through some searching. I was following the RSS feed for a while before I figured out how much more active the forums are, though, so it took me a while to really find out what was going on with the project.


I first heard about it from a podcast on the LTB Network. Been playing with the alpha and am looking forward seeing what the devs make for it. Exiting times ahead! :grinning:


Feels like I’m late to the party here :wink:
Found it via Hacker News and the TechCrunch “after a decade of research” article.

Really excited to see how it develops.