This article first appeared on Nesta.org.uk as one of the top finalists in The Decentralised Future Prize essay competition. “Mass surveillance by governments and corporations will become normal and expected this decade and people will increasingly turn to new products and services to protect themselves from surveillance. The biggest consumer technology successes of this decade […]
Blockchain Scalability Blockchain scalability has likely been one of the most researched topics in crypto environments in the past few years. Regardless of their involvement in the crypto world, almost everyone at this stage is aware of the ridiculously low amount of transactions processed per second of Bitcoin with respect to VISA for example. To […]
How do you know if something is really random? When testing Random Number Generators (RNGs) for randomness you quickly run into the “is that really random” dilemma. As pattern seeking creatures, we naturally look for patterns on an ongoing basis. Like many things, randomness varies. Most of the time, pseudo-random numbers generators (PRNGs) are basically […]
What is Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI)? How to implement SSI on top of blockchain?
Foreword Everyone had the experience of answering the question “Who are you?”. When you were asked, how did you introduce yourself? Did you give your name and title? Identity card number? Or the registration number of an event? When we are trying to answer “who are you”, we are also defining our identity. Identity can […]
Internet Backbone It’s fair to say that most people without a deep understanding of networking probably consider the internet to be a globally decentralized network, which is a reasonable assumption though incorrect. Thousands of internet service providers and telephone companies globally all vying to offer connectivity to householders and end-users give the illusion of a […]
Decentralized IDs have the potential to help internet users around the world wrest back control of their data from the corporations that presently control it.
Why Decentralized IDs matter Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) have recently gained more attention for being one of blockchain’s most exciting use cases, and the hype is well founded. In concept, DIDs aim to use cutting-edge cryptography and unique identifiers to enable users to validate themselves online, while still dictating when and how that identity data is […]
“It is fair to say that today’s Internet, absent a native identity layer, is based on a patchwork of identity one-offs.” – Kim Cameron, former Architect of Identity at Microsoft The right to identity is a fundamental human right that exists from the moment we are born and lasts for life. This right is recognized […]
Blockchain is often referred to as the next big thing, probably the most promising technology of the near-term future. It is undeniable that distributed ledger technology is sprouting up in an incredible number of industries in some obvious and not-so-obvious implementations. But how are countries and governments worldwide welcoming the change? Are governing bodies even […]
Blockchain is promising to do for value what the internet has done for information. Blockchain technology enables the facilitation of trust in an environment where individuals can securely reach consensus on a transaction’s validity, regardless of whether or not said individuals have a pre-existing relationship. For these reasons, blockchain is the technology best poised to […]
What is data protection and why do we care? I believe if I say “Cambridge Analytica”, or “Facebook user data breach scandal” a lamp will light up in your head. In a nutshell, and particularly as a consequence of the data theft scandal undergone by Facebook in early 2018, the topic of the role of […]