GNU Taler is a free software-based microtransaction and electronic payment software.[1][2] The project is led by Christian Grothoff for Inria, the French National Institute for Information and Automation Research, and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Taler is short for the Taxable Anonymous Libre Economic Reserve.[3][4] It has vocal support from GNU Project founder Richard Stallman.[5] Stallman has described the program as "designed to be anonymous for the payer, but payees are always identified."[6] In a paper published in Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography Engineering, GNU Taler is described as meeting ethical considerations - the paying customer is anonymous while the merchant is identified and taxable.[7][8] An implementation is provided by Taler Systems SA.[9][10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "GNU Taler 0.0.0 Released: GNU Tries To Get Into Electronic Payments".
  2. ^ "GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'".
  3. ^ Sprint, Book (2016-05-19). Cost of Freedom. ISBN 978-1-365-08698-4.
  4. ^ "Halbanonymes Bezahlsystem: Gnu Taler soll Kryptowährungen gerechter machen -". (in German). Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  5. ^ "Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry".
  6. ^ "A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe".
  7. ^ Carlet, Claude; Hasan, M. Anwar; Saraswat, Vishal (2016-12-09). Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography Engineering: 6th International Conference, SPACE 2016, Hyderabad, India, December 14-18, 2016, Proceedings. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-49445-6.
  8. ^ Dold, Florian (2019-02-25). The GNU Taler system : practical and provably secure electronic payments (phdthesis thesis). Université Rennes 1.
  9. ^ Pentland, Alex 'Sandy'. "Digital cash and privacy: What are the alternatives to Libra?". MIT Media Lab. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  10. ^ "Kampf der Kryptowährungen – das sind die Alternativen zu Libra". (in German). Retrieved 2020-01-03.