Replying to @delitzer and @IDEOVC

Congrats! I look forward to hear what/where you are headed toward. If there is any alignment with Blockchain Commons work on open infrastructure or #RebootingWebOfTrust work on decentralized identity, I’d love to collaborate again!

Wed Sep 02 02:33:19 +0000 2020

Replying to @dustyweb

This is exactly correct. And I’ve regularly shared about it as an example of how sometimes there are hidden small thing that can bring people together. Microsoft had a long laundry list of tech concerns with SSL 3 but it was the name change that they needed. Netscape didn’t care.

Wed Sep 02 16:20:56 +0000 2020

RT @FullyNoded: @btcede @GordianWallet @BlockchainComns and @ChristopherA have a grand master plan that is all coming together and its wort…

Wed Sep 02 16:45:55 +0000 2020

Replying to @dustyweb

Exactly! And it often isn’t what you think it is, even for yourself. I’ll bet that changing the name was not on Microsoft’s “list”, but once we were able to identify it as a problem and made it go away, they felt more comfortable about together addressing other issues.

Wed Sep 02 16:48:19 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: @dustyweb This is exactly correct. And I’ve regularly shared about it as an example of how sometimes there are hidden sma…

Wed Sep 02 16:48:44 +0000 2020

RT @AlexanderAbdo: The last case I argued at the ACLU just got decided—nearly 4 years later. It was a while in the making, but it’s an impo…

Thu Sep 03 17:53:21 +0000 2020

Though I think Apple/Google Bluetooth contact tracing was well intentioned & superior to other COVID-19 location privacy approaches, I was also confident that it wasn’t nearly good enough. This is only the tip of an iceberg, as I suspect other layers will also leak privacy.

Thu Sep 03 18:23:37 +0000 2020

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” — ⁦⁦@TheRealNimoy⁩’s last Tweet in 2015 & the last AIM message in 2017.

Poignant not just for those events but this era.

#qotd /ht ⁦@nayafia⁩

Sun Sep 06 17:53:43 +0000 2020

RT @JeremyRubin:

Sun Sep 06 18:30:02 +0000 2020

RT @FullyNoded: The best Bitcoin dev you may never have heard of is @WolfMcNally ! Major thanks to him and @ChristopherA @BlockchainComns f…

Tue Sep 08 02:29:05 +0000 2020

RT @RobertSpigler: One of the most comprehensive risk analyses I’ve ever seen. Love it! I too (when it comes to bitcoin storage) prefer t…

Wed Sep 09 03:44:51 +0000 2020

Replying to @RobertSpigler

We are working on #SmartCustody v2 — seeking patronage:

Wed Sep 09 03:49:40 +0000 2020

Replying to @RobertSpigler

See also mega tween storm, with a #SmartCustody adversary per day, starting at:

Wed Sep 09 03:51:36 +0000 2020

“Inclusive Privacy” — I’d not heard the phrase before, so was curious: “design novel end-user privacy/security mechanisms for people with disabilities (e.g., visual impairments)”. Like Queer Privacy that @SarahJamieLewis advocates for, it seems worthy.👍

Wed Sep 09 04:31:03 +0000 2020

👍I’ve been reading with interest the new IETF RFC 8890 “The Internet is for End Users”. A Principle: “IAB believes that, when there is a conflict between the interests of end users of the Internet and other parties, IETF decisions should favor end users.”

Wed Sep 09 05:28:42 +0000 2020

This has long been my stance going far further back than my first presentation on this topic in 2016 at the UN on topic of Self-Sovereign Identity: “When these needs conflict, we err to preserve the freedom and rights of the individual over the needs of the group.”

Wed Sep 09 05:42:43 +0000 2020

IAB (Internet Architecture Board) member Mark Nottingham @mnot offers more context in this blog post (and my #qotd):

“(This) is a call for IETF participants to stop pretending that they can ignore the non-technical consequences of their decisions”

Wed Sep 09 05:46:30 +0000 2020

I follow a number of alternative currency & non-western finance people, in particular in the third world, as I believe there are insights to be learned from them that serve peers rather than whales. I found this thread (& sub-threads) on changes in P2P mpesa lending interesting.

Wed Sep 09 08:43:35 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: This is one of my greatest concerns when working with standards organizations like IETF, W3C, Oasis, ISO, etc. The big co…

Wed Sep 09 17:06:19 +0000 2020

Connecting the dots: An article from Reuters in use of Bitcoin in Africa: “they seek methods of purchasing goods from overseas without having to buy dollars.“

Wed Sep 09 17:40:21 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: Connecting the dots: An article from Reuters in use of Bitcoin in Africa: “they seek methods of purchasing goods from ove…

Wed Sep 09 17:40:45 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: Major announcement! Did you know you can use Gordian-Wallet as a macOS app!??

You can test it out by downloading the dm…

Fri Sep 11 15:49:31 +0000 2020

RT @trbouma: “Self-sovereign identity might sound like an abstract concept, but in essence all it means is that an individual controls thei…

Fri Sep 11 15:58:49 +0000 2020

RT @trbouma: “To function as advertised, a self-sovereign identity system requires a digital infrastructure that is scalable, distributed,…

Fri Sep 11 15:58:56 +0000 2020

“Democracy relies on an informed and engaged public responding in rational ways to the real-life facts and challenges before us. But a growing number of Americans are untethered from that.” 🤨

Fri Sep 11 16:05:24 +0000 2020

While at @Blockstream I strongly supported our defensive patent strategy (please credit @mindspillage for this hard work) but I wanted to do even more. @BlockchainComns is also exploring how to do more on this, but to date has been too small to have made much progress. cc: @jack

Fri Sep 11 16:13:37 +0000 2020

Replying to @dgwbirch

I do believe that we can have social media, but not in it’s current form, and in particular it’s massive scale and extremes of power laws. I do support self-sovereign & web-of-trust filtering & amplification of knowledge, but not the centralized power of social media today.

Fri Sep 11 16:33:52 +0000 2020

Replying to @dgwbirch

I know that past initiatives to decentralize social media have largely failed, mostly due to the inordinate power laws of centralized social media. But maybe we can now.

Fri Sep 11 16:35:25 +0000 2020

RT @mindspillage: @ChristopherA @Blockstream @BlockchainComns @jack Thanks for the shoutout! I’m still happy with what Blockstream did (htt…

Fri Sep 11 21:28:44 +0000 2020

I’m pleased to see that @Blockstream has extended their defense patent strategy to COPA, the Cryptocurrency Patent Alliance started by @sqcrypto. It was the next step I always wanted while there, but it was very hard to start with only one company committed. 👍

Sat Sep 12 00:54:46 +0000 2020

RT @Blockstream: The Blockstream Research team recently discovered an interaction between different timelocks that can’t be used together i…

Sat Sep 12 01:03:42 +0000 2020

We still have some openings for our @BlockchainComns fall virtual internship program. You don’t have to be based in North America — interns last summer ranged from Australia & Malaysia to Slovenia & Spain. You may need to be a bit flexible on hours to take full advantage though.

Sat Sep 12 05:43:41 +0000 2020

RT @javiervargas: Running @FullyNoded and @GordianWallet on mainnet. 😎

Sat Sep 12 18:01:54 +0000 2020

RT @benthecarman: Since Schnorr has been merged into Bitcoin’s cryptography library @pwuille has opened a PR to update the library to the l…

Sat Sep 12 18:02:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @lopp

We’ve been working on & are close to an interoperable standard for animated QRs for bitcoin multisig wallets for things like PSBTs. I think our current max in the demo is about 10 kB. We’ll look into what the reasonable upper limits are. But a .4 mb PSBT?

Sun Sep 13 05:20:56 +0000 2020

RT @BitcoinMerges: Merged PR from Pieter Wuille: Update secp256k1 subtree (including BIP340 support)

Mon Sep 14 04:39:20 +0000 2020

I’ve been reading about the very serious replication problem in social science papers for over a year, but this really quantifies how bad. As it includes economics & social psychology that we base some of our underlying incentive system designs on, some redesign may be required.

Mon Sep 14 08:12:39 +0000 2020

Replying to @lopp

I’ve brought up this topic specifically about the animated QR Airgapped Signing side of the problem at Next step is to get some good valid large PSBT test cases for @GordianWallet and others to test against. @GordiaWallet wants to ship this feature soon.

Mon Sep 14 21:33:09 +0000 2020

RT @SpotBit: Spotbit is running on a dedicated server!
This address will have much better uptime, and also is runni…

Mon Sep 14 22:10:05 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: @lopp I’ve brought up this topic specifically about the animated QR Airgapped Signing side of the problem at…

Mon Sep 14 22:10:45 +0000 2020

RT @henkvancann: At @BCcoalitionNL conference chairman @rvangijzel pointed out that In the United States, commercial platforms manage our…

Mon Sep 14 23:01:42 +0000 2020

Replying to @lopp and @GordianWallet

So @WolfMcNally tried out a 500kb fragment via our new (still alpha, soon beta) animated QR standard, and for a true-airgapped wallet scenario was a bit slow (24m) but at least worked. Next step (not this week) is testing signing a PSBT that large.

Tue Sep 15 00:57:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @lopp, @GordianWallet and @WolfMcNally

The key thing that our initial scenario has a non-networked device talking to a networked device. But if both are have some form of audio, bluetooth, or network, we can do an ephemeral server (say using Tor if on a network) and only have the QR do the initial DH key agreement.

Tue Sep 15 00:59:25 +0000 2020

Replying to @csuwildcat, @alebaffa and @gendal

My answer is to learn from how this works in the real world. You hear about a great restaurant from someone whose opinion about restaurants you’ve agreed with in past. You accumulate information from other peers who you have various amounts of trust with. Start with a small tx.

Tue Sep 15 03:04:25 +0000 2020

Replying to @csuwildcat, @alebaffa and @gendal

The point is your trust model is different than my trust model, and I shouldn’t be forced into who I trust like browser & CAs do. I may decide that I trust you or that the risk of trusting you is small. I may defer to my smart uncle, a friend, or a company. But I choose.

Tue Sep 15 03:07:00 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: @lopp @GordianWallet So @WolfMcNally tried out a 500kb fragment via our new (still alpha, soon beta) animated QR standard…

Tue Sep 15 03:07:31 +0000 2020

RT @mydiacc: We’re proud to announce the launch of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF), a set of digital ID and authentication industry…

Tue Sep 15 22:59:57 +0000 2020

RT @amizi: If you’ve ever wondered how changes get made to Bitcoin, this post is for you!

And with fun natural examples of decentralized…

Wed Sep 16 05:13:54 +0000 2020

An excellent thread on the complexity of forest management, in particular in the West Coast. My long-time friend & colleague @GiffordPinchot founded @PinchotEDU and is the grandson of the founder of the US @ForestService. I’ve heard these stories & warnings from him for decades.

Wed Sep 16 23:45:35 +0000 2020

We enjoyed this twist on the @mattleacock’s game design style for a more “regional” Pandemic game. In this case study we discuss both the improved both the innovations and yet new simplicity of the cooperative game design in the new “Pandemic Iberia”.

Wed Sep 16 23:52:54 +0000 2020

Once again, a cooperative table-top board game design is the winner of the prestigious “Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020” (aka connoisseur game of the year). This new emerging game form is part of why @Appelcline & I wrote @MeeplesTogether. And there is a lot of unexplored space!

Thu Sep 17 01:15:48 +0000 2020

“Jury statement: “Die Crew” is a co-operative trick-taking game…but the appeal doesn’t stop with this unique selling point. Hardly any other game before it has encapsulated the special charm of trick-taking games so well.”

Thu Sep 17 01:23:20 +0000 2020

RT @amyjokim: Here’s another sign that #Cooperative play is on the rise - so much blue-ocean opportunity in this genre #gamethinking #game…

Thu Sep 17 02:17:56 +0000 2020

RT @BobMcElrath: @kanzure has performed a valuable service by transcribing Bitcoin talks. Unfortunately his commitments don’t allow him to…

Thu Sep 17 07:38:34 +0000 2020

This actually would have been helpful to @GordianWallet as we constantly have to work around that the full node wants to use its default wallet and behaves differently about it. Now if we can only delete wallets via RPC.

Fri Sep 18 07:23:09 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: Please try installing #CLightning with one easy click using GordianServer!

This is for testing purposes only but seems…

Fri Sep 18 07:24:10 +0000 2020

Replying to @JustinMoon, @Fonta1n3, @achow101 and @GordianWallet

Your full node has key material in wallet files that either can violate your privacy (watch-only wallets) or spend your funds (single-signature wallets). You may have a remote node that only wish to either watch or be able to spend for a short time, then delete it.

Fri Sep 18 19:50:54 +0000 2020

Replying to @JustinMoon, @Fonta1n3, @achow101 and @GordianWallet

The objections have been “use SSH to delete the file” but then I have to have SSH keys on remote, or “an attacker could delete your wallet” but if they have access to your node with the wallet on it you’ve already lost (and there is RPC blacklisting possible now in 0.20).

Fri Sep 18 19:53:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @JustinMoon, @Fonta1n3, @achow101 and @GordianWallet

Thus I’d like to have the option to delete wallet material from inside bitcoin-core using RPC. You really see this with GordianServer, where there can be a lot of old watch-only wallets hanging around that should to be deleted. This is a consequence of the new multisig world.

Fri Sep 18 19:57:24 +0000 2020

Replying to @JustinMoon, @Fonta1n3, @achow101 and @GordianWallet

As far as “delete watch-only ok, but not wallets with private keys”: that bitcoind wallet file better not be your only copy of the private key! You should be able to delete it, especially if is used in a multisig scenario where it is needed only temporarily as it is offline.

Fri Sep 18 20:02:30 +0000 2020

This is why we in the #SmartCustody book don’t recommend that you use BIP38 passphrases. Even if you ignore the technical problems with it, you are just bumping the problem of how to be resilient against attack down the line.

Sat Sep 19 08:37:14 +0000 2020

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Sat Sep 19 08:38:03 +0000 2020

Replying to @RussHarben

Nope. BIP38 describes the additional 13th or 25th word, which can can be arbitrary. It has caused some large losses of bitcoin as it is not well designed (for instance no checksum so you don’t know if you got it right). BIP39 mnemonics spec is not perfect, but workable.

Sun Sep 20 05:13:01 +0000 2020

RT @vindaRd: Aaaand now that password manager generator setting is gonna slide up to 24 characters 🧐

(@ChristopherA’s #SmartCustody book)…

Sun Sep 20 20:06:22 +0000 2020

RT @SpotBit: The easiest way to see spotbit in action is to try out @GordianWallet
How much is your BTC worth? If you use Gordian Wallet a…

Mon Sep 21 18:30:19 +0000 2020

Twenty years ago today I launched Castle Marrach to the public, my first multiplayer online game design. Unique in offering a #Bartle “socializer-dominant” interactive fiction experience, and a hybrid text & web interactive environment, it was novel for its time. [1/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:10 +0000 2020

I had founded Skotos in 1999 with a goal of creating “multiplayer interactive fiction on the Internet”. We wanted to make games that were more social, more dynamic, more interactive, more “real”, and in particular more story-focused than anything that had been seen before. [2/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:11 +0000 2020

I also become interested in experimenting with cross-media, and produced two comic books based on our games, Castle Marrach: Awakenings and Lovecraft Country: Return to Arkham [3/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:14 +0000 2020

And, we continued to launch games. Many of our earliest were strategy games that were focused on building a gaming community, such as Galactic Emperor: Hegemony, Droidarena, Space Federation, and early Days of Wonder games. However, these games were just the appetizer. [6/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:15 +0000 2020

We brought in expert designers from the RPG field, hired Brian Moriarty, a legend of the interactive-fiction community, made connections with existing roleplaying publishers, and published columns by masters in the field such as Richard Bartle and Jessica Mulligan. [5/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:15 +0000 2020

In the couple of years that followed, we surged forward with all of the excitement and enthusiasm of a dot-com company at the turn of the century. As with any endeavor, some projects fell by the wayside, and others prospered. [4/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:15 +0000 2020

We are closing the Skotos the company & website, but in doing so we are also releasing our games to the world. Four of Skotos’ past games have been running independently for a few months now. We invite you to visit them, and become a part of their stories. [11/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:16 +0000 2020

We’ve now reached the twentieth anniversary of Skotos, and it’s a time of change — and just as we’ve long promised in Castle Marrach, we hope this marks a New Spring. [10/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:16 +0000 2020

Today, they’ve been telling stories for twenty years since the release of our games, the creativity and continuity of these communities has mainly been thanks to the players. Witnessing hundreds of works of art & written stories has been inspiring: [9/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:16 +0000 2020

Skotos never grew as big as our initial dreams. The communities never exceeded a few hundred people each. But those communities were vibrant and exciting, and they told the stories that we’d always dreamed of, even if we never learned to scale them massively. [8/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:16 +0000 2020

Roleplaying and storytelling games were always the main course. The Eternal City was our second roleplaying game, created by Worlds Apart. In the years that followed we launched Grendel’s Revenge, Lovecraft Country, Ironclaw Online, and The Lazarus Project. [7/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:16 +0000 2020

Long live SkotOS games and communities! Long live new eOS experiments! And thank you for 20 years of support of my dream of collaborative interactive storytelling! [15/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:17 +0000 2020

I’m proud of my stewardship of these communities & pleased that I can offer them them continuity. Though Skotos as company is closing, I plan to continue to be involved in the open source side, both in supporting the old SkotOS codebase, and investigating a next generation eOS.

Mon Sep 21 20:54:17 +0000 2020

We’ve also spent much of this year releasing our Chat Theatre technology as open source, so that you can create games or other experiments (a #jitsi mud chat?) of your own to add to the list above. Source at & live demo at [13/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:17 +0000 2020

Castle Marrach (, The Eternal City (, Allegory of Empires (, and
Multiverse Revelations ( Finally, we’ll be maintaining an archives of our popular articles and history. [12/15]

Mon Sep 21 20:54:17 +0000 2020

(If you were a player, fellow employee, or game developer inspired by Skotos, I encourage you to add a story of how we inspired you to the thread here).

Mon Sep 21 21:05:59 +0000 2020

RT @FullyNoded: @JWWeatherman_ @achow101 @moneymanolis For starters users should never be encouraged to back up individual private keys……

Tue Sep 22 06:21:35 +0000 2020

Please to hear that @kallewoof’s Signet has successfully passed the bitcoin-core gauntlet! It will make testing bitcoin wallets much easier. In particular I’m wanting to simulate block forks and other rare scenarios with @GordianWallet.

Tue Sep 22 06:31:37 +0000 2020

RT @buchmanster: We’re experimenting with more democratic corporate structures. Check out our initial iteration and some background researc…

Tue Sep 22 07:19:57 +0000 2020

I’m very interested in these different experiments in the corporate form. They are not alone in thinking that we can achieve a greater participatory corporation governance and equity without falling into incentive traps.

Tue Sep 22 07:22:58 +0000 2020

RT @RebeccaRachmany: DAOs Will Never Govern the World (at This Pace) via @coindesk

Tue Sep 22 07:27:58 +0000 2020

👍“DAOs…(are for) areas where everyone’s interest is at stake and therefore everyone should have a say. People are seeking new forms of organization in areas where hierarchical organizations are failing: public health, climate change, preservation of cultures, inequality, etc.”

Tue Sep 22 07:31:20 +0000 2020

Replying to @evanwolf

I’ve been collecting open source and public domain documents and links on these topics in I’d love more have contributing content or curation.

Tue Sep 22 20:10:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @evanwolf

I’ve been working with Wyoming legislators in a subcommittee on these DAO topics, but we have a ways to go. Some are worried about examples of misuse, where I share others. Next public meeting of the full committee is tomorrow morning. /cc:@RebeccaRachmany

Tue Sep 22 20:16:05 +0000 2020

Replying to @aalexis1234


Tue Sep 22 20:16:41 +0000 2020

At the foundation of cryptocurrency are your cryptographic seeds, @BlockchainComns now has a command-line #cli tool to exercise our shared reference C & C++ libraries to create seeds, create mnemonics (BIP39), shard them (sskr), share them with QRs & more:

Tue Sep 22 20:31:19 +0000 2020

Replying to @mayazi

Hierarchy is not absolutely bad. But in the most effective collaborative corporations there are many hierarchies, which should not be the same. Decisions about use of equity, technology, hiring, policies, product strategy, etc. all should be able to have different hierarchies.

Tue Sep 22 20:37:31 +0000 2020

These code libraries & standards for seeds, shards, BIP39, sskr (Shamir Secret Key Recovery), derived child keys, and more, as well animated QR code standards to share them are being implemented in multiple bitcoin wallets, and discussions are in

Tue Sep 22 21:06:48 +0000 2020

Replying to @anotherday____ and @mayazi

I’ve not seen a good word. I have quite a collection of books & other offline resources this area, plus shared online resources in a GitHub repo. Lots of other names, but often hidden hierarchies. For instance Sociocracy & Holocracy have “circles” with hidden hierarchies in them.

Tue Sep 22 23:07:38 +0000 2020

I’m participating in the Wyoming “Select Committee on Blockchain, Financial Technology and Digital Innovation Technology” sessions this morning on topics of Digital Identity, KYC/AML, and DAOs. Morning live stream at:

Wed Sep 23 14:48:31 +0000 2020

RT @BlockchainComns: Version 0.8.1 of Seedtool, our #cli app for creating & transforming cryptographic seeds, led by @WolfMcNally, is now…

Wed Sep 23 16:22:40 +0000 2020

RT @BlockchainComns: This version compiles on macOS, Windows, and Linux. It also exercises a number of libraries and technologies we’ve bee…

Wed Sep 23 16:22:50 +0000 2020

RT @BlockchainComns: We plan on adding these features to LetheKit (led by @ksedgwic with @gorazdko) and to @Gordian…

Wed Sep 23 16:22:54 +0000 2020

Replying to @RebeccaRachmany and @CoinDesk

Grace, I quoted your article and offered its link in my testimony today as a member of the DAO subcommitee of the Wyoming “Select Committee on Blockchain, Financial Technology and Digital Innovation Technology”. Video should be up later today at:

Wed Sep 23 18:01:13 +0000 2020

“With this internship coming to a close, Allen is offering another one that will begin in October and end in December.” Applications deadline is next Monday. Apply at

Wed Sep 23 19:23:55 +0000 2020

Some coverage about the end of this summer’s cohort of @BlockchainComns interns, by @AsILayHodling of @CoinDesk “what may be considered the internship’s core ethos: Ask plenty of questions and cooperate with others whenever possible.”…

Wed Sep 23 19:23:55 +0000 2020

“He stressed that the latest internship hopes to pull in more talent from Bitcoin-adjacent fields, not just the realm of computer science. This could mean students studying law, library science or other disciplines to help improve aspects of Blockchain Commons’ documentation.”

Wed Sep 23 19:23:56 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: “With this internship coming to a close, Allen is offering another one that will begin in October and end in December.” A…

Wed Sep 23 19:24:12 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: “He stressed that the latest internship hopes to pull in more talent from Bitcoin-adjacent fields, not just the realm of…

Wed Sep 23 19:24:14 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: I worked with some of Blockchain Commons’ interns. They offered great support for the Learning Bitcoin course I’ve been dev…

Wed Sep 23 19:28:08 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: One of the most interesting points for me in today’s article on the Blockchain Commons interns was the discussion of “cross…

Wed Sep 23 20:09:28 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: And the author’s right, it’s certainly all interconnected. That’s the beauty of releasing open-source software to create op…

Wed Sep 23 20:09:44 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: It’s what we’ve been doing for years at Rebooting the Web of Trust. We’ve now got five years worth of collaborative ideas f…

Wed Sep 23 20:09:46 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: Of course, cooperation is of major interest for me. It’s what Chris & wrote about in Meeples Together. It’s what I’ve bee…

Wed Sep 23 20:09:48 +0000 2020

RT @Appelcline: The creativity of a collective whole is greater than the creativity of its individual members.

(As long as you have a stru…

Wed Sep 23 20:09:50 +0000 2020

In the morning session I shared about establishing a legal template for DAOs using Wyoming LLCs, but the real interesting discussions for me was on a legal definition for Digital Identity & Self-Sovereign Identity #SSI that started at the 2h39m mark:

Wed Sep 23 20:14:16 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: In the morning session I shared about establishing a legal template for DAOs using Wyoming LLCs, but the real interesting…

Wed Sep 23 20:14:23 +0000 2020

RT @jodobear: It was a wonderful experience in FOSS development, one that didn’t have and was finding difficult to get a hang on. @Christop…

Wed Sep 23 21:13:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @IdentityWoman, @trbouma, @dazzagreenwood, @ScottLDavid, @CaitlinLong_ and @hackylawyER

Missing from @trbouma’s list of identity experts that are are part of the identity subcommittee’s efforts and spoke today was Prof. Clare Sullivan, “Digital Identity” book author, Fulbright scholar, now at Georgetown. We invited @hackylawyER but she declined.

Thu Sep 24 01:32:25 +0000 2020

Replying to @IdentityWoman, @trbouma, @dazzagreenwood, @ScottLDavid, @CaitlinLong_ and @hackylawyER

There is still time to get @hackylawyER’s input into the proposed legislation, either through public comment at next meeting in early November, or via her former colleague @dazzagreenwood, or directly to co-chair of @rothfuss.

Thu Sep 24 01:39:16 +0000 2020

RT @trbouma: Some stellar work on #digitalidentity legal definitions by @dazzagreenwood @ChristopherA @ScottLDavid for #Wyoming with @Caitl…

Thu Sep 24 01:39:36 +0000 2020

RT @trbouma: Recommended read on @Medium: “Blockchain is the Least Interesting Thing About Self-sovereign Identity”

Thu Sep 24 06:37:05 +0000 2020

This might be something that @BlockchainComns could offer as a public service like we do @spotbit (where we offer our own tor price server but also easy standup of one of your own). May be a good intern project. Will puzzle the privacy issues & economics. /cc @wtogami @Fonta1n3

Thu Sep 24 20:24:07 +0000 2020

Replying to @VinayTaylor and @resilience_me

There is both some old history here with sdsi/spki pet names and more recent use by HyperLedger Indy of pair-wise Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs).

Thu Sep 24 20:27:26 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson

We at @BlockchainComns don’t offer as deep a dive into bitcoin-core that @ChaincodeLabs does, but we do some things they don’t, like a better intro to USING bitcoin-core in our cli course. We also have internships & soon externships:

Thu Sep 24 21:14:49 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson, @BlockchainComns and @ChaincodeLabs

One thing @ChaincodeLabs has that we don’t is better funding that is more of an endowment, whereas our funding is largely Patrons paying monthly.

Thu Sep 24 21:16:21 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson, @BlockchainComns and @ChaincodeLabs

Our summer internship program was quite international — only one in US—the rest were Slovenia, Spain & Australia. We had others that didn’t finish from Malaysia & Canada.

Thu Sep 24 21:21:14 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson, @BlockchainComns and @ChaincodeLabs

I hope our next cohort of interns are even more diverse (deadline has been extended to Monday)

Thu Sep 24 21:21:21 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson, @BlockchainComns and @ChaincodeLabs

We also have had an inquiry about externships, where a company would “loan” us some staff for three months, to do bitcoin related open source for us, but to also learn the culture and bring it back to their companies. Exploring this out now.

Thu Sep 24 21:24:00 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: @michaelfolkson We at @BlockchainComns don’t offer as deep a dive into bitcoin-core that @ChaincodeLabs does, but we do s…

Thu Sep 24 21:25:15 +0000 2020

Replying to @michaelfolkson and @herminghaus

There are many forms of diversity other than gender & race. Geographic, culture, class of origin, handicapped, ex-con, neurodiversity, skill base, and more.

Thu Sep 24 21:29:01 +0000 2020

RT @SpotBit: Wow, a great article! Thanks to @ChristopherA and everyone on the intern team, this has been a great summer!

Thu Sep 24 22:14:07 +0000 2020

RT @start9labs: Bitcoin 0.20.1 on the Embassy now offers the quick connect QR code for [even] easier integration with @FullyNoded wallet!…

Fri Sep 25 02:18:39 +0000 2020

QuickConnect also works with @GordianWallet

Fri Sep 25 02:19:22 +0000 2020

Monday is the deadline for the fall internship program at @BlockchainComns — it is a great opportunity to have an intro to supporting open infrastructure for blockchain, bitcoin, security & privacy. We will likely offer another cohort in January.

Fri Sep 25 17:37:16 +0000 2020

More details on this last summer’s internship program, which we are repeating in Q4. It is open not only for devs, but people with other skills who want to enter this field, including pre-law, library science, writing, etc. We are also open to corporate “externships”.

Fri Sep 25 17:41:37 +0000 2020

RT @ChristopherA: More details on this last summer’s internship program, which we are repeating in Q4. It is open not only for devs, but pe…

Fri Sep 25 17:42:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @VinayTaylor, @resilience_me and @w3c

The topic of various proof of personhood and other anti-Sybil mechanisms have come up repeatedly in the @w3c_ccg and at @RWoTEvents. One group at last Prague have draft ““Not a Sybil!”: Exploring the Path to Non-Dystopian Approaches to Digital Personhood”

Fri Sep 25 18:19:15 +0000 2020

Replying to @VinayTaylor, @resilience_me, @w3c, @w3c_ccg and @RWoTEvents

Another similar paper is “Who Watches the Watchmen? A Review of Subjective Approaches for Sybil-resistance in Proof of Personhood Protocols”

Fri Sep 25 18:20:23 +0000 2020

Replying to @bjdweck and @zndtoshi

I encourage you to look at the libraries behind, and features of Much of these standards are also currently also being LetheKit. In particular, we’d love to see more people support UR encoding of seeds.

Fri Sep 25 18:31:10 +0000 2020

Replying to @VinayTaylor, @resilience_me, @w3c, @w3c_ccg and @RWoTEvents

I had @bford as guest to talk about his proposal in @w3c_ccg meeting last year: slides, transcript and audio recording at

Fri Sep 25 18:35:03 +0000 2020

Replying to @VinayTaylor, @resilience_me, @w3c, @w3c_ccg, @RWoTEvents and @bford

/cc @aleezagroks — any other important efforts I’m missing since you last draft (January) of the paper you are leading from @RWoTEvents Prague? Any update on moving that paper to final?

Fri Sep 25 18:45:39 +0000 2020

Replying to @bjdweck and @zndtoshi

Currently @gorazdko is working on adding sskr (aka Shamir secret key recovery) to #LetheKit. As I understand it, the only requirement to make ShowMyWork is the option to enter -1 words to BIP39 and have the software complete and display the lowest possible checksum?

Sat Sep 26 19:38:16 +0000 2020

“The privacy recommendations in the W3C and mDL specs must be treated as a floor and not a ceiling. We implore the digital identity community and technologists to consider the risks to privacy and social equity.”…

Tue Sep 29 03:38:48 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: 1/ Did you know Gordian Wallet includes the ability to recover account’s and add signers with Shamir Shards!?

Check out…

Tue Sep 29 05:34:41 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: 2/ Lots of building blocks have been developed by @BlockchainComns to make this possible!

Tue Sep 29 05:34:46 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: 3/ SSKR - Shamir Secret Key Recovery

Which is roundtrip compatible with your BIP39 mnemonic seeds.

Unlike SLIP0039 whi…

Tue Sep 29 05:34:51 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: 4/ UR - Uniform Resource QR codes!

A high quality standard for encoding all types of data into QR codes. Developing a w…

Tue Sep 29 05:34:54 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: 5/ If you would like to try it out yourself there is an example of a 2/3 and 3/5 here:

Or you c…

Tue Sep 29 05:35:04 +0000 2020

RT @GordianWallet: Did you know the latest release of Gordian Wallet utilizes @BlockchainComns Lifehash (based on Conways Game of Life) to…

Tue Sep 29 05:35:16 +0000 2020

Replying to @urza_cc and @GordianWallet

Unfortunately, the Trezor team decided to not convert the binary master seed into keys the way that BIP-39 does. Thus the same master seed on your Trezor will generate completely different accounts if you use SLIP-39. They have a rationale, but we don’t accept breaking BIP-39.

Tue Sep 29 06:33:06 +0000 2020

“companies that seek to change the world should be more open to being complex entities that reflect the diverse views of numerous stakeholders, including employees, and not just a narrow reflection of a single founder’s vision.” Agreed! 👍

Tue Sep 29 18:50:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @CasaHODL

If you are using single-keys don’t use BIP-38 passwords. You’ve just moved to challenge of securing and making your digital assets more resilient to another spot, rather than addressing the points of failure at their root. Definitely don’t use with multisig.

Tue Sep 29 19:16:32 +0000 2020

Replying to @nvk, @FullyNoded and @SpecterWallet

Have you taken a look at @GordianWallet wallet yet? It is designed to be more user friendly, whereas @FullyNoded is more for power userS. But both have the same server<-tor->remote architecture.

Wed Sep 30 06:00:18 +0000 2020

“So if you think you have designed a permissionless…system that is cleverly secured based on rationality assumptions, you haven’t. You have merely obfuscated the rational attacker’s motive and opportunity to profit outside your system from breaking your rationality assumptions.”

Wed Sep 30 21:16:49 +0000 2020

…“The only practical way to eliminate this threat appears to be either to close the system…(identity & enforcement)…or else secure the system against arbitrary Byzantine behavior, thereby rendering rationality assumptions redundant and useless for security.”

Wed Sep 30 21:19:52 +0000 2020

RT @rmhrisk: A new modality of biometrics await.

Thu Oct 01 05:29:29 +0000 2020