Kik Closes – FBI Requests Backdoor Built Into Facebook Messenger. Is it Time to Decentralize?

Let’s start with a quick recap of Kik What happened? Kik Interactive announced late Monday that it’s shuttering the messenger app and cuttingits staff from over 100 people to just 19 employees. The company will focus its remaining resources entirely on growing its cryptocurrency, Kin, the subject of a recent lawsuit filed by the SecuritiesContinue reading “Kik Closes – FBI Requests Backdoor Built Into Facebook Messenger. Is it Time to Decentralize?”

A Titan Falls — Private Messaging App Kik to Shut Down

Just how big was Kik? Let’s examine the numbers. 1 Billion — The dollar valuation placed on Kik resulting from a private market valuation. 300 Million — The number of registered users Kik hosted as of 2016, the last year Kik made its metrics on registered users available. 100 Million — The total U.S. Dollar equivalent Kik’s cryptocurrency,Continue reading “A Titan Falls — Private Messaging App Kik to Shut Down”

SEC Claims Telegram’s Token to Have ‘no use’ Halting Redemption Launch

SEC Files Lawsuit to Halt Token Distribution to Investors Who Purchased During Closed Offerings Investors bought the future gram tokens during two closed rounds in February and March of 2018 for a price of 37 cents and $1.33 each, respectively. In early September, the code for TON’s blockchain nodes was released and on Oct. 2, investors received emails with links toContinue reading “SEC Claims Telegram’s Token to Have ‘no use’ Halting Redemption Launch”

Random Human Entropy Used for Secure Identity Generation

ODIN.Chat a Secure, Blockchain-Powered, Decentralized-Messenger ODIN wants you to own your conversation. Having realized the potential for a doomsday scenario where massive leaks of personal data lead to real-world consequences, ODIN Blockchain decided to do something about it and built ODIN.Chat, a blockchain-powered, secure messenger with the end user’s privacy in mind. Definitions Entropy — aContinue reading “Random Human Entropy Used for Secure Identity Generation”

What’s the Difference Anyway? VPN vs VPS

Introduction In a world where throwing around acronyms is equated to your scope of knowledge, I often find completely different technologies referred to interchangeably. Today we will clear up one of the most prevalent, examining the difference between VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) vs. VPS (Virtual Private Servers). VPN (Virtual Private Network) —  A virtual private network (VPN) givesContinue reading “What’s the Difference Anyway? VPN vs VPS”

Returning Data Ownership to the Individual

We’ve entered an era of free, but at what cost? If you’re anything like me, you’ve never paid for an application. Okay, I take that back. I’ve been persuaded a time or two to opt-in on a freemium model to unlock certain features. But when considering my primary app usage: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, (you getContinue reading “Returning Data Ownership to the Individual”

Open Source Technology’s Intimate Relationship With Privacy Part 2 of 2

Trust and Transparency
For a blockchain project such as ours, the most important thing is retaining the sense of trust our community has in us. This means continuing to operate in an open and transparent manner and to ‘bake’ those ideals into the very core of work, i.e. the codebase itself. If anyone can read how the system works, then they can see for themselves that we ‘walk the walk’.

Open Source Technology’s Intimate Relationship With Privacy Part 1 of 2

Introduction This article intends to give my thoughts and opinions on open source systems and how ODIN Society, the governing body of ODIN Blockchain plans to leverage the benefits of such. Definitions ODIN Society — a non-profit co-operative organization owned and operated by its members. Open Source — pertaining to or denoting a product or system whoseContinue reading “Open Source Technology’s Intimate Relationship With Privacy Part 1 of 2”

True Community Driven Governance

Let’s start with some definitions: First — Community Governance: “…community level management and decision-making that is undertaken by, with, or on behalf of a community, by a group of community stakeholders. (Totikidis, Armstrong & Francis, 2005)” Next — DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization): can be seen as the most complex form of a smart contract, where the bylaws of theContinue reading “True Community Driven Governance”