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Eric Mill [LibreList] What *else* are people doing with blockchains? 2014-01-02 10:41:43 (5 years 9 mons 14 days 03:30:00 ago)
Besides Bitcoin, or potentially on top of Bitcoin, how are people using blockchains for things other than currency? I'd like to write about the subject, and round up what I can.

So for example, I'm aware of Namecoin, and the OkTurtles project, which is trying to put Namecoin into practical application in a user-friendly way. I've also been sent this project by Agora Voting to do a Bitcoin-based secure voting system, but they're not releasing their draft til they raise way too many BTC. And I've seen Proof of Existence, a simple and clever way to use the Bitcoin blockchain to prove you had something at a given time, without revealing what the something is.

What else is out there?

-- Eric

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Eric Mill [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] What *else* are people doing with blockchains? 2014-01-02 12:02:15 (5 years 9 mons 14 days 02:10:00 ago)
Oh, these are cool, thank you for that (and for typing all that out on your phone). The anti-spam thing is interesting, though it's not really taking advantage of the blockchain - you could implement the same strategy with USD, BTC is maybe just easier to script against.

Using a blockchain model for electronic voting seems very interesting, it's a shame that it hasn't publicly advanced beyond iamsatoshi's rough blog post and Agora's private draft. That's something to watch for in 2014, I think.

-- Eric


On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM, Jonathan Deamer <jonathandeamer@gmail.com> wrote:
I've been wondering this too! I've asked a couple of related questions on Bitcoin.SE:



Personally, I thought proof of existence seemed the most elegant and obvious-in-hindsight. I really like the idea of Bitcoin as a Mediawiki anti-spam plugin, mainly because of the possib ilities it hints at for micropayments (and online content business models!) with scriptable money.

(Hope that didn't sound too Nathan Barley.)

Sent from my mobile

On 2 Jan 2014, at 15:41, Eric Mill <eric@konklone.com> wrote:

Besides Bitcoin, or potentially on top of Bitcoin, how are people using blockchains for things other than currency? I'd like to write about the subject, and round up what I can.

So for example, I'm aware of Namecoin, and the OkTurtles project, which is trying to put Namecoin into practical application in a user-friendly way. I've also been sent this project by Agora Voting to do a Bitcoin-base d secure voting system, but they're not releasing their draft til they raise way too many BTC. And I've seen Proof of Existence, a simple and clever way to use the Bitcoin blockchain to prove you had something at a given time, without revealing what the something is.

What else is out there?

-- Eric

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maze@strahlungsfrei.de [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] What *else* are people doing with blockchains? 2014-01-02 16:07:02 (5 years 9 mons 13 days 22:05:00 ago)
Hi Eric,

(Sorry for not introducing myself. Have been lurking on the list for a 
while, amazed about hearing about all that cool stuff ;-)) 

a few days ago I found http://twister.net.co/, a p2p microblogging 
platform. It uses a modified Bitcoin mining algorithm for registering 
nicknames in the network. Quoting the FAQ:

"Bitcoin, in the sense of the digital currency, is not used at all. 
However, the Bitcoin protocol and the implementation of the neat idea 
of block chain is on the basis of twister. The block chain provides a 
sort of distributed notary service, certifying who owns a given 
nickname. The name is associated with a specific key pair, which is 
used for authentication and cryptography."

What made me laugh and shudder at the same time was this:

"The same mechanism used in Bitcoin for mining is also used in twister 
but for a different purpose, ensuring the order in which user 
registrations took place (the nickname belongs to whoever registered it 
first). [...] The twister incentive is: whoever finds the hash 
collision to validate a new block of transactions will be awarded with 
the right to send a promoted message. Promoted messages have a certain 
probability of being displayed by twister client."

Spam As A Service ;-)
 
_Martin


Am Do, 2. Jan, 2014 um 4:41 schrieb Eric Mill <eric@konklone.com>:
> Besides Bitcoin, or potentially on top of Bitcoin, how are people 
> using blockchains for things other than currency? I'd like to write 
> about the subject, and round up what I can.
> 
> So for example, I'm aware of Namecoin, and the OkTurtles project, 
> which is trying to put Namecoin into practical application in a 
> user-friendly way. I've also been sent this project by Agora Voting 
> to do a Bitcoin-based secure voting system, but they're not releasing 
> their draft til they raise way too many BTC. And I've seen Proof of 
> Existence, a simple and clever way to use the Bitcoin blockchain to 
> prove you had something at a given time, without revealing what the 
> something is.
> 
> What else is out there?
> 
> -- Eric
> 
> -- 
> konklone.com | @konklone
> 

Jonathan Deamer [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] What *else* are people doing with blockchains? 2014-01-02 16:21:10 (5 years 9 mons 13 days 21:51:00 ago)
I've been wondering this too! I've asked a couple of related questions on Bitcoin.SE:



Personally, I thought proof of existence seemed the most elegant and obvious-in-hindsight. I really like the idea of Bitcoin as a Mediawiki anti-spam plugin, mainly because of the possibilities it hints at for micropayments (and online content business models!) with scriptable money.

(Hope that didn't sound too Nathan Barley.)

Sent from my mobile

On 2 Jan 2014, at 15:41, Eric Mill <eric@konklone.com> wrote:

Besides Bitcoin, or potentially on top of Bitcoin, how are people using blockchains for things other than currency? I'd like to write about the subject, and round up what I can.

So for example, I'm aware of Namecoin, and the OkTurtles project, which is trying to put Namecoin into practical application in a user-friendly way. I've also been sent this project by Agora Voting to do a Bitcoin-based secure voting system, but they're not releasing their draft til they raise way too many BTC. And I've seen Proof of Existence, a simple and clever way to use the Bitcoin blockchain to prove you had something at a given time, without revealing what the something is.

What else is out there?

-- Eric

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Eric Mill [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] What *else* are people doing with blockchains? 2014-01-03 10:36:17 (5 years 9 mons 13 days 03:36:00 ago)
Also, just re-noticed Francis' post on DataCoin. The idea of hanging personal chains off of a central chain is interesting, and I guess mirrors the structure of the Internet, I just don't know of any other blockchain projects dealing with that idea. Pretty cool.


On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Eric Mill <eric@konklone.com> wrote:
Oh, these are cool, thank you for that (and for typing all that out on your phone). The anti-spam thing is interesting, though it's not really taking advantage of the blockchain - you could implement the same strategy with USD, BTC is maybe just easier to script against.

Using a blockchain model for electronic voting seems very interesting, it's a shame that it hasn't publicly advanced beyond iamsatoshi's rough blog post and Agora's private draft. That's something to watch for in 2014, I think.

-- Eric


On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM, Jonathan Deamer <jonathandeamer@gmail.com> wrote:
I've been wondering this too! I've asked a couple of related questions on Bitcoin.SE:



Personally, I thought proof of existence seemed the most elegant and obvious-in-hindsight. I really like the idea of Bitcoin as a Mediawiki anti-spam plugin, mainly because of the possib ilities it hints at for micropayments (and online content business models!) with scriptable money.

(Hope that didn't sound too Nathan Barley.)

Sent from my mobile

On 2 Jan 2014, at 15:41, Eric Mill <eric@konklone.com> wrote:

Besides Bitcoin, or potentially on top of Bitcoin, how are people using blockchains for things other than currency? I'd like to write about the subject, and round up what I can.

So for example, I'm aware of Namecoin, and the OkTurtles project, which is trying to put Namecoin into practical application in a user-friendly way. I've also been sent this project by Agora Voting to do a Bitcoin-base d secure voting system, but they're not releasing their draft til they raise way too many BTC. And I've seen Proof of Existence, a simple and clever way to use the Bitcoin blockchain to prove you had something at a given time, without revealing what the something is.

What else is out there?

-- Eric

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