Posted 1 year ago | by Ben Armstrong

Peer-to-Peer VPN Provider Orchid Announces Free Services for Journalists

According to a recent announcement, Peer-to-Peer VPN Provider Orchid, a company based in the USA, will begin offering a free private network to journalists on over the world. The firm has disclosed that journalists who have press credentials and proof of status can send an email to the company and then access its private network, regardless of their location.

The CEO and co-founder of Orchid Labs, Dr. Steven Waterhouse, commented to Cointelegraph on why the VPN provider decided to initiate the program:

"In the wake of crises, freedom of the press often gets restricted. This was demonstrated this week when the Chinese government announced that they would require journalists with expiring press credentials to return them and leave the country. Due to these latest circumstances, Orchid wants to ensure journalists have the ability to access and transmit accurate information, no matter their geographic location."

Orchid is Upholding Valuable Ideas

Dr. Waterhouse mentioned the decentralized technology behind the service which is offered by Orchid. The network allows bandwidth providers to earn Orchid digital currency (OXT) by participating with the platform.

The CEO highlighted the importance of decentralized blockchain ideas in building the service, which would bring greater privacy to its users. These freedoms are valuable for journalists, who reside in countries that are actively restricting press freedom.

Dr. Waterhouse illustrated how the platform works:

"Orchid enables peer-to-peer payments for bandwidth with a probabilistic nanopayment system. This system is a novel layer-2 solution on Ethereum that captures the unforgeability, irreversibility, and censorship resistance that comes with blockchain technology, with the added benefits of negligible transaction fees and availability."

According to Waterhouse, the network achieves consumer-grade confirmation speeds with negligible transaction fees while maintaining its independence from a central clearing system. The platform should help journalists to maintain their privacy, and ensure that information flows freely.

A Dangerous Monopoly on Information

There is a reason why some governments seek to silence the truth. It is easy to see that China attempted to cover-up the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, and used a culture of lies and intimidation to silence doctors who were working in the interest of the public at-large.

Now, there is a movement in China to remove Western journalists, so that the information coming out of the nation is even less exposed to any sort of critical thought, or external oversight.

When the ability to watch the actions of a government becomes impeded, the results will not be in the interest of the public. While a government may think that it is maintaining social order by limiting public discourse, the opposite is the case.