Ross Ulbricht supporters have come up with an ingenious way of making donations for his defense fund; he was convicted last year for being the mastermind behind the online drug bazaar, Silk Road. Ulbricht’s family, who are spearheading the campaign for his release, relaunched the website where people can give in donations at will. This money will be used by Ulbricht’s defense to argue his Silk Road case again before a court of appeal.
The site has changed its look, adding a fresh gamified twist to its contributions page, which now features the Silk Road founder’s own artwork and a rare home video. Though this clip has since been privatized by admin without giving any reasons whatsoever, these strategies are all aimed at raising more funds for Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s “Dread Pirate Roberts.”
Titled “The Trial I Saw,” Ulbricht’s artwork shows how Ross saw the trial from his perspective, the trial which took approximately three weeks. He was found guilty of running Silk Road which was an encrypted drug-trafficking site working as an online black market version of eBay, with an international network of dealers and consumers.
Supporters of the Silk Road creator, Ross Ulbricht, can make their donations directly by playing the “Free Ross” game. For only a $1 donation, one can reveal single art squares at a time and even leave pixelated messages for Ulbricht to read. The drawing is hidden under a grid consisting of 9,156 squares, a portion of which is revealed as players make their dollar donations and click on grids.
One can either choose single squares or make bulk selections at a go, depending on how much they want to donate for the Silk Road creator’s defense fund. In bulk selections, supporters have an option of 10, 25 or 50. Personal notes can be posted at checkout; it will show up on your grid when hovering upon it with the cursor. Lots of squares have already been filled so far, which is indicative that the Silk Road founder known as “Dread Pirate Roberts” has lots of supporters who want to see him released from jail.
Inspired by his dreams, Ross had an idea of raising funds through depicting exclusive artwork. The result of which is a skillful drawing made in jail. It shows how he viewed the Silk Road conviction and what was going on through his mind at each and every stage. There are a total of 8 hidden characters in the artwork, with users encouraged to identify them and post their findings on Twitter @free ross, or Facebook on the official FreeRoss page.
Moreover, 21 lucky squares have been concealed inside the grid and those who are fortunate enough to find them will win a 1 gram gold bar token from Roberts & Roberts Brokerage firm. They will send winners their gold once the whole drawing has been revealed. Nevertheless, you can pre-order a poster representing the artwork or bid upon the framed original version in an auction. Both options are currently available from the FreeRoss.org website. So far, Free Ross site shows that his defense fund has raised more than $433,000, with the ultimate goal being $650,000.