Earlier this month Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from their platforms. At roughly the same time, Google, Apple, and Amazon kicked Parler, a right-wing social media app, off their platforms (followed later by a flood of others). Tech twitter has spent most of the week since debating this move, which I won’t rehash here.
But on a complex issue, I think most commentaries missed a critical point: our current internet environment made this a lose-lose situation. And if we care about the web long-term, that needs to be fixed.
I saw 4 common perspectives on this:
Identity has been a long-standing challenge not just in decentralized technology but in online applications generally. Part of the challenge comes from a lack of clarity about what is meant by ‘identity’ and the many forms it can take in digital products, services and networks. This is a frequent source of confusion and frustration to builders, leading many to avoid tackling identity altogether or implementing short-term workarounds. Each can have massive consequences, as identity’s importance and complexity grow with both product usage and maturity.
This two-part series helps break down identity for your digital application, service or product, especially for…
In 2017, during crypto’s last bull run and after years of pointedly ignoring blockchain hype, I jumped down the rabbit hole. I began to see crypto networks as the best coordination tool we’ve ever had. I met the most passionate, curious, interesting people I’ve ever worked with. And I loved that the challenges to overcome were organizational, economic, and political as much as technical.
In the past four years, I’ve collaborated with dozens of teams, helped found 3Box Labs (a company) and launch Ceramic Network, and worked with several DAOs. The potential, challenges, and excitement in the space are still…
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As Ceramic’s ecosystem has grown, so has our content library. To make it more accessible and discoverable we are migrating to a new Ceramic Blog.
In addition to product announcements, the blog will host short tutorials, stories about the design and implementation of the Ceramic protocol, recorded community and core devs calls, and much more. It will be home to all you need to see and hear to keep up to date with the Ceramic ecosystem.
As Ceramic enters Beta, we’re seeing more and more experimentation in the community, and we’re excited to see the network and IDX library used in increasingly creative ways. If you’re thinking about your your next project — whether that’s a hackathon entry or a new feature for your stable product — here are 10 ideas to get excited about!
1. Manage user identities, information, accounts and data
The identity index data structure makes it easy to manage identities and user data without any servers or silos — one of the primary use cases Ceramic was created to support. IDX also…
3Box partner series highlights 3Box partners and their innovative use cases.
Last month Ren launched RenVM: a private, permissionless and decentralized way to transfer assets across chains. This enables inter-blockchain liquidity, locking up assets on one blockchain and minting them on another. Just a month after launch, $20M worth of crypto has been sent through the network.
3Box partner series highlights innovative use cases in the ecosystem
Zerion makes DeFi simple, beautiful and delightful for both developers and users. With their web and mobile apps and developer SDK, they are making money legos accessible and powerful to builders and consumers alike.
Given this focus on the user, it’s no surprise that Zerion was one of the first dapps to integrate 3Box profiles. They understand the need to build for the user, not just the technical capability: apps for humans need profiles, not hex addresses. This is true even when the focus is on financial transactions.
This is part two of a two-part series that helps break down identity for your digital application, service or product, especially for decentralized architectures and an interoperable web. The aim is to make a nebulous topic concrete, a big problem approachable, and a difficult and frothy space easy to analyze.
Part 1 broke down the role of identity in digital products. We covered a social and technological definition for identity, the value it should bring to your product, and the pitfalls of incomplete identity solutions.
Good identity infrastructure should make it easy for you to manage all of the user-related…
3Box partner series highlights innovative partners and their use cases for 3Box.
Unstoppable Domains announced dBlogs on Thursday, giving users a way to publish censorship-resistant blogs. By using 3Box to publish and store each blog’s content, dBlogs is able to promise bloggers that their content is fully in their control and not captive to any platform’s terms or censorship.
3Box partner series highlights innovative ecosystem partners and their use cases for 3Box.
StakeOnMe is the newest platform to integrate with 3Box Profiles. StakeOnMe introduces a new type of personal token framework, called meTokens, which enables anyone to purchase collateralized deeds to anyone else’s future labor. The platform uses 3Box to improve trust between users as they stake money on one another.
StakeOnMe is a social platform — a place to host your own meToken profile page and discover those of other “investable” people. Because the goal of the platform is for it to scale to serve a wide range…