Introducing The Kuwa Foundation: Identity for Humanity

We’ve formed The Kuwa Foundation, a nonprofit corporation. The foundation has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences to make our vision of an open, decentralized, minimally intrusive and self-sovereign identity platform a reality (or at least a real working prototype). So we’ve hired five UMass Computer Science graduate students for the summer. We’re going to get something working. … More Introducing The Kuwa Foundation: Identity for Humanity

The Cryptoeconomics of Funding a Universal Basic Income

After a devastating earthquake in 2010, the world collectively pledged about $13B in aid to Haiti. That’s enough to give every Haitian a 50% pay increase for three years (on average). For far less than $13B, we could implement a basic income in Haiti that would lift millions of people out of poverty. This post is concerned with exploring ways to fund a UBI that we could distribute via a cryptocurrency. I compare inflation funding to transaction fees. I also provide basic projections for an inflation-funded crypto UBI in the US and Haiti. Even though inflation may also impose a “cost” on holders of the currency (through a loss in purchasing power), my analysis led me to conclude that it would be better to fund a crypto UBI through inflation. … More The Cryptoeconomics of Funding a Universal Basic Income

WANTED: Rules for Initial Coin Offerings

Entrepreneurs see initial coin offerings (ICOs) as an easy way to quickly raise a lot of money with no strings attached. Some ICO investors’ greed has blinded them to the apparent risks. However, ICOs are an important new fundraising innovation that is appropriate for endeavors where the objective is to create value through decentralization. Although most ICO-funded projects will fail, the ones that don’t will have a more significant impact on our lives than the Web. Governments, particularly in the United States, have been slow to act. When they do, some entrepreneurs will find themselves in trouble, and many ICO investors will have already lost money. For important ICO-funded projects to flourish, we need ground rules. The Simple Agreement for Future Token Sales (SAFT) is the most significant industry initiative so far that tries to define those rules. … More WANTED: Rules for Initial Coin Offerings

Read “Introducing Ethereum and Solidity” to get your feet wet with smart contracts.

“Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners” is a light introduction to Ethereum and its built-in scripting language, Solidity. At 179 pages, this book is not a comprehensive tutorial about building decentralized apps (also called DAPPS). The book does, however, provide a very brief overview of developing and deploying smart contracts on Ethereum. … More Read “Introducing Ethereum and Solidity” to get your feet wet with smart contracts.

Ethereum: What a gas! – Come to our presentation on May 10th.

If you’ll be anywhere near Northampton, Mass. on May 10th, 2017, then make sure you swing by the World War II Club (50 Conz Street) at 6 pm. My Meetup.com group, Western Massachusetts All Things Blockchain, will be giving a presentation on Ethereum, which is a leading open source blockchain-based software project. Among other topics, … More Ethereum: What a gas! – Come to our presentation on May 10th.

Presentation: Intro to Blockchain – And, by the way, what the heck is proof of work?

I gave a blockchain presentation to my meetup group, Western Massachusetts All Things Blockchain. It’s embedded in this post. You can also see it on Slideshare. Please feel free to download the following files: Php sample code that demonstrates POW concepts; Microsoft PowerPoint XML Presentation If you use any of my material, please give me an attribution. Thanks for having a look. … More Presentation: Intro to Blockchain – And, by the way, what the heck is proof of work?

“Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” Will Teach You how Bitcoin Works

If you want to learn how Bitcoin works on a technical level, then read Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies. If you’re a nerd, you’ll love it. Princeton University hosts the book’s web page, which provides links to video lectures for each chapter. From that web page, you can also download Java programming assignments and a free pre-publication version of the book. Coursera has an online course (currently free) that’s based on the book. … More “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” Will Teach You how Bitcoin Works