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Led by eight senior crypto veterans with 72 devs, TomiNet offers a DAO-governed, surveillance-free alternative to the World Wide Web

Tomi, an anonymous project led by eight big names in crypto, unveils TomiNet, a secure and encrypted protocol empowering journalists, activists, and ordinary citizens to surf the web free of government and corporate surveillance. The network leverages DAO governance to foster community-driven censorship of the more illicit activities that run rampant on the most prominent alternative internet networks today.

Tomi team is anon

If Satoshi Nakamoto’s real name were known, would Bitcoin’s creator be banished to the fringes along with Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Alexey Pertsev? Or would he be right up there with Elon Musk and Balaji Srinivasan as one of the best known entrepreneurs of our time? We’ll never know, because Satoshi wanted the world to judge the creation, rather than the creator. Tomi’s founders agree with that approach.

TomiNet kicks off a clean slate for the Internet, one where Google and Facebook don’t have power over people’s identities, Amazon doesn’t crush small businesses and host more than a third of the world’s data, and government and corporate surveillance is impossible. TomiNet threatens businesses, fiat currency systems, and power and data brokers around the world. As such, there are many reasons for which the 80+ Tomi team members feel their safety may be at stake and choose to follow Satoshi’s footsteps in remaining anonymous.

The project

TomiNet is almost fully built and synchronized with its alternative blockchain DNS service (tDNS). Users will be able to download the TomiNet browser or create a browser that points to tDNS, buy .tomi domain names, and vote on the DAO that governs the network. Through TomiNet’s browser, users surf the network with a built-in VPN that allows them to access uncensored information in countries that censor and hide IP addresses.

The network is governed by a community-led DAO, which votes on decisions via “Pioneer” NFTs and Tomi tokens about running TomiNet and censoring content that doesn’t meet the network’s “blacklist” community guidelines. Terror, child porn, and other forms of violence are among the categories on the blacklist to be voted down by the DAO.

The Tomi team holds weight equal to average users in voting about the community guidelines and censorship, though it will hold enough tokens to have stronger influence over the technological direction of the project in the initial stages. TomiNet is structured in a way that creates a path for the citizens of the new web to out-vote the core developers and technological leadership within three years. That’s intentional on the part of Tomi, which doesn’t seek the kind of power held by the leaders of projects such as Ethereum or Cosmos.

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