Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? I have heard about him and read his paper.

Why is he no-longer publicly involved in Bitcoin?

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    Voted to close as off topic. David Perry's answer covers pretty much all we realistically can know about Satoshi. This forum deals with issues arising from Satoshi's creation, not the person.
    – Gary
    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:18
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    There's also a history of bad things happening to people who invent or promote disruptive technologies. Phil Zimmerman, for example. Aug 31, 2011 at 12:57
  • Nobody knows who is Satoshi yet Feb 15 at 14:36

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Satoshi Nakamoto is the elusive and private creator of bitcoin. In October 2008 he published the paper Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System (pdf warning) which is the basis of the bitcoin client/protocol. He has stated his nationality as Japanese and published a PGP key, has a sourceforge page and aside from that not much is known. It sort of follows that someone interested in creating a distributed pseudonymous online currency would be a very private person.

It is also suspected that Satoshi may be a pseudonym for any of a number of people involved in the original development - a mask used for safety and protection against legal persecution for the creation of such a potentially disruptive product. To that end, Satoshi may still be involved in bitcoin, although as you stated, not publicly. As with everything else about Satoshi, the reason for his lack of current involvement is unknown.

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    He also has a bitcointalk profile with a few hundred posts.
    – nmat
    Aug 31, 2011 at 23:22
  • Are there public chat logs written by Satoshi? Apr 15, 2013 at 7:04
  • Seriously isn't it common sense that one (or more) of the core developers is or knows who is Satoshi Nakamoto? E.g. Gavin Andresen, Pieter Wuille, Nils Schneider, Jeff Garzik, Gregory Maxwell etc
    – Pacerier
    Nov 17, 2013 at 20:13
  • @Pacerier You may think so but, since Satoshi contributed under his alias there is no need for him/her to contribute otherwise.
    – Willtech
    May 24, 2018 at 9:06
  • Also, Satoshi sent the paper to the cryptographic mailing group on Oct 31, 2008. In your answer you mention it to be 2007
    – Ugam Kamat
    Mar 9, 2019 at 14:55

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