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Re: Getting stuff done at W3C

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:43:21 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYh+=o3CW8ct=8sk-EAbsc2nNTFGjg8h+77daqNe5mgNqNQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adán Sánchez de Pedro Crespo <adan@stampery.co>
Cc: Blockchain CG <public-blockchain@w3.org>, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
On 9 September 2016 at 12:19, Adán Sánchez de Pedro Crespo <adan@stampery.co
> wrote:

> I agree, Manu's article is a great insight on how the standardization
> process should work.
>
> The checklist seems very reasonable. Let's immediately start with point 1.
>

At a very high level, we have "block chain technology" ie a timestamped
linked list of block headers, with content addressable blocks, which
distributed / storage neutral.  We have consensus algorithms, particularly,
proof of work to keep block chains synchronized.  And we have the web which
is a massive distributed data storage system addressed through (HTTP) URIs.

One major pain point in block chain technology is that it struggles to
scale.  The web on the other hand scales very well, as it gets bigger, it
just gets better.

There is very little going on at the intersection of these two
technologies.  If you consider disparate technologies like the web and
email, history shows us that the intersection (webmail) was the path to
going mainstream.  I think a narrative can be formed to suggest the web can
work in a similar fashion with block chains, to bring out the best of both
technologies.


>
> We need to elaborate a survey covering which aspects of blockchain need
> / would benefit the most from standardization. This survery should also
> identify problems, help us document use cases and invite interested
> parties to join this CG.
>
> Manu is also right when pointing out that one of the areas that we have
> already identified as potential object of standardization is data
> anchoring proofs / receipts. In addition, there are some interesting
> proposals about that matter on the table.
>
> That's a very good sign, because there are other aspects in the
> blockchain space that are still too immature or nothing more than hype
> and therefore there's nothing to discuss about them regarding
> standardization.
>
> Best,
> --
> *Adán Sánchez de Pedro Crespo*
> CTO, Stampery Inc.
> San Francisco - Madrid
> T: +34 663 163 375
>
>
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