There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what Web3 is and isn’t. Here’s my definition: Web3 is user-generated authority, enabled by self-certifying web protocols. These are a superset of technologies that include blockchains, but are not limited to them. Is this what other people think “Web3” is? …

A reputation service linking Twitter and web3, version 0.0.1

by Raphael Roullet and Jay Graber, funded by the Ethereum Foundation

NFT badges attest that a user owns reputable accounts

Reputation is the key to trust. People spend years building up their reputation on centralized social platforms, but they have to start from nothing whenever they start using a new…

In decentralized social networks, communities can set their own moderation policies, but what tools are available for enforcement? There is no central authority to make network-wide moderation decisions. Instead, content is filtered through an interplay of interfaces, algorithms, social consensus, and protocol constraints. …

Illustration: Oscar Bolton Green

Read Like a Boss

An early developer of the cryptocurrency Zcash on how Steven Levy’s ‘Crypto’ inspired her interest in privacy

This is part of the Marker series “Read Like a Boss,” where founders, CEOs, and leaders in business reflect on books that revolutionized their thinking, framed their career, or aided them in a crucial business decision.

CCrypto starts with the story of how Whit Diffie invented public-key cryptography. He became…

Using blockchains for monetization and data storage

Generic blockchain image

My previous post on decentralized social networks analyzed the differences between federated and p2p social networks. This post will provide a survey of social applications that have incorporated a blockchain into their design. Social applications that use a blockchain are decentralized to varying degrees. Some use a blockchain for data…

Comparing federated and peer-to-peer protocols

Or, centralized, federated, and peer-to-peer

Efforts to decentralize social networks hope to structurally change the balance of power in favor of users by giving them the ability to change services easily and control their identity and data. Calling a network “decentralized” only defines it by what it is not — it is not dependent on…

Jay Graber

Developer, writer. Decentralization, social networks, privacy, crypto.

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