Crypto Content Creators and their Role in the Blockchain Ecosystem

In the following web conference, Peter Saddington (Yen.io), Jose Mota (thisweekincrypto.co) and Kenneth Ameduri (CrushTheStreet.com) speak with Matt Ward (Corl.com) about the realities of content creation in the current environment of centralized platforms as gateways to large audiences versus the emerging and immature blockchain ecosystems that are poised to disrupt the world as we know it.

https://hackernoon.com/crypto-content-creators-and-their-role-in-the-blockchain-ecosystem-7530c7a6a280

What Are Dapps?

“Dapp” stands for “decentralized application.”

Decentralized means it’s not controlled by one entity.  Most applications on the internet, including the most well known, are centralized applications controlled by one company.  Think Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and many other applications large and small. Currently, these are ‘not’ dapps.

More specifically Dapps are programs, tools, or applications that run on the decentralized Ethereum blockchain.

A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of data, made famous as the foundation of all decentralized cryptocurrency transactions.

Blockchains can support many more applications than money.

The Ethereum network is a popular blockchain.  As such, Ethereum is a decentralized technology uncontrolled by any single authority.

To further elaborate, regular apps have all their data controlled by their own company servers with one single authority. They may require a user login that collects personal information, such as name, birth date, address, user history, etc.

Alternatively, Dapps work off a blockchain.  Instead of personal information for logging in, they require a private address which can be a random string of characters that holds no personal information.

We are in the early days of Dapp development and you will be hearing more about this term as conventional applications shift from the universe of centralized control to blockchain decentralized application.

The Case Against Blockchain | Blockchain Decision Tree

In brief, at this stage of the game, blockchain isn’t for everyone. As highlighted in this blockchain article, one key takeaway is that “ICO companies that invest in blockchain have a 98% failure rate.”

This is not intended to cast shade on its potential, but blockchain merits should be weighed carefully relative to your business interests. Smaller companies, in particular, are at risk. The cost of developing blockchain technology is high and the current performance levels, including the volume of transactions that can be processed per second, is low.

Following is a Blockchain Decision Tree for a more considered appreciation as well as options to consider a public, hybrid or private blockchain.

What is a Cryptocurrency Wallet?

A cryptocurrency wallet is a digital software program used to receive, store and send digital currency, such as digital coins or tokens, for buying and selling or other monetary transfers. There are different types of wallets, with a hardware variant deemed the most secure. A wallet does not actually contain the currency itself, but contains security codes call “keys” which reference the money on a blockchain. In other words, wallet “storage” is really a way to prove ownership.

For more info, visit Cryptocurrency Wallet Guide: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Civil: A New Journalism Paradigm on Blockchain

Civil

Civil.co describes itself as “The Decentralized Marketplace for Sustainable Journalism.”

Its mission is “to help power sustainable journalism throughout the world.”

“We believe in a new approach that takes advertisers and other third-party interests out of the equation, enabling journalists and readers to connect directly and focus on telling impactful stories.”

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Cryptocurrency Security Issues

Having spent years in the software and data industry, I’m aware of how imperfect software is.  Heck, any casual user of software has likely had that realization.

Hence, it’s not much of a stretch to state that I don’t think we’ve seen the end of security vulnerabilities in cryptocurrencies.  And as highlighted in this article, Bitcoin Dev Finds Potentially Crippling Security Flaw In Bitcoin Cash, some issues are still being discovered in mid-2018 that are remarkably serious. Continue reading “Cryptocurrency Security Issues”

Everipedia: A Wikipedia on Blockchain

Everipedia conceives that it is building a better Wikipedia on blockchain. There is no shortage of complaints about Wikipedia and any attempt at a better one should be encouraged.

But the premise of Everipedia introduces its own problems. I have no issue with the concept of paying people to contribute to Everipedia, but I believe the core idea that the best content will rise to the top is flawed. At least if you’re concerned about veracity. Continue reading “Everipedia: A Wikipedia on Blockchain”