@TurboSloth1869 You should take a look at the Gordian standards we are working for bitcoin multisig wallet interoperability. https://www.blockchaincommons.com/projects/Blockchain-Commons-URs-Support-Airgapped-PSBTs/ & https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Airgapped-Wallet-Community

Fri Apr 02 00:47:35 +0000 2021

Wyoming @GovernorGordon signed into Law our new Digital Identity Bill SF0039. https://governor.wyo.gov/media/news-releases/2021-news-releases/2021-bills-signed-into-law Full text at: https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2021/SF0039. Thank you team for putting this together and making it happen!

Fri Apr 02 22:01:15 +0000 2021

Replying to @JustinFilson, @coldcard and @bluewalletio

If you like what our airgap community is building for PSBT interoperability, you should check out our public iOS TestFlight’s for Gordian Wallet, Gordian Cosigner, Gordian Guardian & our LetheKit & Command Line Tools. https://GitHub.com/BlockchainCommons

Fri Apr 02 23:30:14 +0000 2021

“we should also focus on building better social technologies to fund public goods at the scales that we need, and as a systemic part of our economic ecology and not one-off acts of philanthropic initiative.” The Bitcoin ecosystem needs to solve this too! https://vitalik.ca/general/2021/03/23/legitimacy.html

Sat Apr 03 17:12:54 +0000 2021

“National ID systems are often riddled with systemic discrimination, logistical failures or technical loopholes, inevitably leaving some unable to obtain any form of ID. The examples cited in this paper are just a drop in the ocean” http://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4472/exclusion-design-how-national-id-systems-make-social-protection-inaccessible

Sat Apr 03 17:18:33 +0000 2021

RT @MrChrisEllis: In this time of creeping KYC and mass surveillance a friendly reminder that the policies implemented today will outlive t…

Sun Apr 04 03:45:48 +0000 2021

Replying to @blakeburris and @GovernorGordon

Blockchain Commons LLC is domiciled in Wyoming.

Sun Apr 04 03:46:39 +0000 2021

RT @brynosaurus: This deep and extensive analysis by @privacyint effectively makes a strong case for why so many processes we rely on proof…

Sun Apr 04 17:18:14 +0000 2021

Replying to @Steve_Lockstep and @dazzagreenwood

A natural person is tangible & has physical substance, but a natural person’s digital identity does not. There is a body of law around intangible property. Though we worked hard to avoid property law-related terms, use here without word property was as good as we could get.

Tue Apr 06 17:36:00 +0000 2021

Replying to @Steve_Lockstep and @dazzagreenwood

The biggest challenge of writing new laws here is that it is so easy to fall into property rights law. A natural person has rights that are not property rights & those non-property rights need to be brought into the digital realm. Too many words have property rights connections.

Tue Apr 06 17:39:27 +0000 2021

Replying to @Steve_Lockstep and @dazzagreenwood

Precisely why we are careful with terms that are not too embedded deep into property law. Wish we could avoid even coming close—part of my motivation when I picked self-sovereign as a term. However, I’ve not been able to succeed In getting that defined law (yet)—no precedents.

Tue Apr 06 19:31:33 +0000 2021

“the pandemic has the potential to introduce the “ID turn” or the age of ubiquitous identification and the end of anonymity. Such a shift would, in turn, threaten the notion of “public” life, which requires the ability to be one of many in the crowd.” Very concerning! https://twitter.com/hackylawyER/status/1379410874553794561

Tue Apr 06 22:34:58 +0000 2021

RT @torproject: “In recent weeks… people in Myanmar have spread awareness about workarounds to government censorship and site-blocking ef…

Wed Apr 07 05:56:00 +0000 2021

What kinds of one-time GitHub sponsorship options would you like Blockchain Commons or myself to offer? https://github.com/sponsors/blockchaincommons https://twitter.com/github/status/1379527313277267972

Wed Apr 07 05:58:45 +0000 2021

Blockchain Commons is a not-for-profit organization focused on enabling responsible cryptographic key management and creating infrastructure for use by the entire blockchain community. [4/9] https://www.blockchaincommons.com/

Wed Apr 07 18:29:56 +0000 2021

If you’re interested in Bitcoin, blockchain, or digital civl rights, please send me your CV, some highlights of some of the things you like to work on, and what you’d like to get out of an internship with us. [3/9]

Wed Apr 07 18:29:56 +0000 2021

This is your opportunity to learn more about Bitcoin development as the first step in a possible career, and to simultaneously participate in & give back to the larger community. We’ll support that with active mentoring about your future career. [2/9]

Wed Apr 07 18:29:56 +0000 2021

Openings remain available for the @BlockchainCmns virtual internship program this Summer. Applications are due by April 30th! [1/9] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Community/discussions/32

Wed Apr 07 18:29:56 +0000 2021

We’d love to have you involved, so if you’re a programmer, a writer, a researcher, a legal expert, or just someone interested professionally in this field, send me a CV by the end of the month to apply! We are also open to sponsored corporate Externship/Secondment ideas. [9/9] ៚

Wed Apr 07 18:29:57 +0000 2021

Interns are expected to commit to at least 40 hours of professional effort toward their project over the course of ~2 months. We offer a small honorarium: as you meet 3 milestones you are compensated a minimum of US$564 in Bitcoin as part of an Intership Agreement. [8/9]

Wed Apr 07 18:29:57 +0000 2021

As a result, we’re also looking for researchers, legal experts, and less technical interns. Activist-focused projects may involve research & interviews to create user engagement models for activists, similar to the Amira model from RWOT. [7/9] https://w3c-ccg.github.io/amira/

Wed Apr 07 18:29:57 +0000 2021

This year, our internship program is supported by a grant from @HRF, the Human Rights Foundation. [6/9] https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1366880813845909506

Wed Apr 07 18:29:57 +0000 2021

Last year, our interns supported some of our major projects, such as updating our “Learning Bitcoin from the Command Line” course, but also created something all their own: SpotBit, a Bitcoin pricing server. [5/9] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/spotbit

Wed Apr 07 18:29:57 +0000 2021

RT @Appelcline: I was thrilled to work with interns at Blockchain Commons last year. Some of them wrote chapters for Learning Blockchain in…

Wed Apr 07 18:35:31 +0000 2021

RT @gorazdko: I’ve learned a lot about FOSS, Bitcoin and DIDs last year.

This is a good opportunity to gain hands-on experience in Bitcoin…

Wed Apr 07 19:47:31 +0000 2021

RT @cprkrn: This is a really amazing opportunity for anyone hoping to gain some experience in the #bitcoin development space! https://t.co/…

Wed Apr 07 19:47:37 +0000 2021

For those of you who are digital freedom advocates, what is the distinction between the terms “digital human rights” vs “digital civil rights”? The same? A venn diagram? cc/ @HRF @EFF @ACLU @rightscon @privacymatters @dhrlab @doctorow @gladstein @NicoleOzer @hackylawyER

Wed Apr 07 22:30:41 +0000 2021

RT @ChristopherA: Openings remain available for the @BlockchainCmns virtual internship program this Summer. Applications are due by April 3…

Thu Apr 08 17:09:29 +0000 2021

Replying to @PrivacyCDN, @HRF, @EFF, @ACLU, @rightscon, @PrivacyMatters, @dhrlab, @doctorow, @gladstein, @NicoleOzer and @hackylawyER

🙏 Thanks John! Do you see these completely separate or a Venn diagram? If the latter, what might be a solely digital human right or solely a digital civil right, and one that is both?

Thu Apr 08 18:19:21 +0000 2021

Replying to @hackylawyER, @HRF, @EFF, @ACLU, @rightscon, @PrivacyMatters, @dhrlab, @doctorow, @gladstein and @NicoleOzer

Thanks Elizabeth. Can you also offer your own answer to the question I asked John? https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1380223757571158016

Thu Apr 08 19:24:59 +0000 2021

RT @ChristopherA: @PrivacyCDN @HRF @EFF @ACLU @rightscon @PrivacyMatters @dhrlab @doctorow @gladstein @NicoleOzer @hackylawyER 🙏 Thanks Joh…

Thu Apr 08 19:25:32 +0000 2021

RT @gladstein: Blockchain Commons has a great summer internship program.

Work will include a partnership w/ @HRF to help human rights orga…

Thu Apr 08 20:18:52 +0000 2021

RT @AsILayHodling: great opportunity for young developers to dip their toes into Bitcoin FOSS!

Thu Apr 08 23:20:54 +0000 2021

Replying to @LeahHoustonMD

Where is that wall art being displayed?

Fri Apr 09 02:09:51 +0000 2021

RT @awrigh01: DAOs in Wyoming took another HUGE step forward. The bill to enable folks to officially organize DAOS is moving to the govern…

Fri Apr 09 05:02:17 +0000 2021

RT @brainpicker: “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumo…

Sun Apr 11 23:57:14 +0000 2021

I too feel that “local consensus” as a model for decentralization is under-valued and not fully explored. From a natural systems POV it is a much more prevalent a solution than any federated or global consensus. https://twitter.com/SarahJamieLewis/status/1016834499592663040

Mon Apr 12 00:37:46 +0000 2021

Difficult tradeoff. I appreciate not just the greater high security of the iPhone, but the support for privacy that Apple stands behind. I lean to more transparency as I don’t believe in “security by obscurity”. Apple should use part of its billions for more bounties & research. https://twitter.com/ReedAlbergotti/status/1382315288931160069

Wed Apr 14 21:42:24 +0000 2021


Wed Apr 14 21:43:23 +0000 2021

Don’t forget to invest in people too! https://twitter.com/DanPriceSeattle/status/1382018355985588228

Thu Apr 15 05:58:41 +0000 2021

In 1985 as a young voter I played Infocom’s unique text adventure game “A Mind Forever Voyaging”. I found it’s apocalyptic vision of a future after Reaganism quite terrifying. I don’t think I realized until reading this article today how it influenced my politics in years since. https://twitter.com/aaronareed/status/1382714832206622726

Thu Apr 15 16:42:47 +0000 2021

It’s April, which means that it’s time for the newest Blockchain Commons @BlockchainComns quarterly report. Over this last winter Q1, our focus was on Gordian. [1/11] https://www.blockchaincommons.com/quarterlies/Q1-2021-Report/

Thu Apr 15 19:46:55 +0000 2021

Our keytool CLI reference also saw expansions, including new integration with crypto-request & crypto-response, some of the most requested UR features from our Airgapped Wallet Community. [5/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Research/blob/master/papers/bcr-2021-001-request.md

Thu Apr 15 19:46:56 +0000 2021

We’re also doing initial architectural work on Gordian Recovery, which will allow users to recover and sweep funds held by a variety of third-party multisig wallets. This is required as successful multisig recovery requires more than just storing words on titanium. [4/11].

Thu Apr 15 19:46:56 +0000 2021

Our newest reference app is Gordian Guardian, a cryptographic seed manager for iOS, which demonstrates how seeds and keys can be stored and transferred across QR-centric Airgaps. [3/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/GordianGuardian-iOS

Thu Apr 15 19:46:56 +0000 2021

Gordian underwent a real transition, as Bitcoin wallet developers adopting our specifications and libraries allowed us to move from consumer-facing apps to creating best practices and principles (and embedding them in our reference software). [2/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Gordian

Thu Apr 15 19:46:56 +0000 2021

The new URs weren’t our only specification upgrades. We also improved Lifehash, which allows users to verify an account with an image, so that it would display better in black & white and when printed. [6/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/LifeHash

Thu Apr 15 19:46:57 +0000 2021

You can also support creation of principles, best practices & specifications for digital-asset wallets, built for independence, resilience, and openness, by financially supporting Blockchain Commons at GitHub with a monthly contribution. [11/11] https://github.com/sponsors/BlockchainCommons

Thu Apr 15 19:46:58 +0000 2021

And please join us for the discussions of the various specifications, best practices, reference libraries, and reference applications for creating the next generation of Bitcoin wallets! [10/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Airgapped-Wallet-Community/discussions

Thu Apr 15 19:46:58 +0000 2021

There was also some W3C DID (Decentralized Identifier) efforts, initial support for human rights activists, experimental work with upcoming Schnorr signing in Speedy Trial, and some legislative successes and failures. Read our report for everything! [9/11] https://www.blockchaincommons.com/quarterlies/Q1-2021-Report/

Thu Apr 15 19:46:58 +0000 2021

We also document our best practices, and in Q1 that meant a massive addition to #SmartCustody: an article all about the patterns for how to design sophisticated multisig policies to create safer digital asset custody. [8/11] https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Gordian/blob/master/Docs/Multisig.md

Thu Apr 15 19:46:58 +0000 2021

Ultimately, these specifications and libraries, created in conjunction with our Airgapped Wallet Community, are the heart of our Gordian work, while our applications and utilities serve as reference to developers for effectively implementing them. [7/11]

Thu Apr 15 19:46:58 +0000 2021

RT @WolfMcNally: I’m very proud of my ongoing work with @BlockchainComns, including the design and implementation of the Uniform Resource (…

Thu Apr 15 21:03:16 +0000 2021

As a former professor in an Sustainable MBA program teaching technology leadership courses like “Digital Influence” & “Using the Social Web for Social Change”, I would have liked to have had this Bloom’s Taxonomy for Twitter in my syllabus.👍 https://t.co/J8uFYHhoEB

Fri Apr 16 03:25:51 +0000 2021

For reference, here is the syllabus for my “Using the Social Web for Social Change” course from 2012: http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2012/10/using-the-social-web-for-social-change-syllabus-sw4sx.html

Fri Apr 16 03:27:05 +0000 2021

RT @bmann: Martin @martinkl has articulated my thoughts on #opensource licensing in the era of cloud really well.

Open Source “won” to a d…

Fri Apr 16 16:59:04 +0000 2021

RT @hackylawyER: I spoke with @parismarx at the @techwontsaveus podcast about why #VaccinePassports are not a partisan issue and why we sho…

Fri Apr 16 22:21:27 +0000 2021

Replying to @rutgervz and @_kinjalbshah

Incentive designer

Sun Apr 18 21:18:58 +0000 2021

RT @lorenc_dan: Supply chain security is hard. The verification script wouldn’t have even helped. It makes a few mistakes:

  • Parsing the u…

Sun Apr 18 22:23:16 +0000 2021

Though the most typical use of this #DAO law I believe will be with algorithmic smart contracts such as offered by Ethereum, but it also allows for member-managed forms that leverage digital voting by shareholders, which means it can be used with UTXO style systems like Bitcoin. https://twitter.com/CaitlinLong_/status/1384991490531729410

Wed Apr 21 22:10:00 +0000 2021

RT @CaitlinLong_: Another cool aspect is that #Wyoming was also a leader in giving #Bitcoin, #ETH, #ADA & other #cryptos clear legal protec…

Wed Apr 21 22:11:26 +0000 2021

In one hypothetical example, the investors in a Bitcoin DAO create a complex multisig (w/ Taproot) with keys representing the aggregate of equity holders, and the transaction the initial equity. That key material becomes the bootstrap for voting on changes, including new rules.

Wed Apr 21 22:24:25 +0000 2021

Replying to @1stCrassCitizen and @getumbrel

We have on our roadmap plans to update Spotbit early Summer. If you have other features you’d like to see, let us know. Among other things we are investigating adding fee estimation.

Thu Apr 22 15:45:22 +0000 2021

Replying to @noampomsky

I wrote a paper on the differences between groups of 2 (dyads) and groups of 3 (triads) that you might find useful: http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2013/04/dyads-triads-the-smallest-teams.html At the other side, keep support groups well under 10 or you hit other group dynamics. I like groups of 5 or 7.

Thu Apr 22 23:19:57 +0000 2021

Five years ago, I published “The Path to Self-Sovereign Identity”, which laid out the idea of a new sort of user-controlled identity, expanding on ideas from visionaries before me. [1/13] https://www.coindesk.com/path-self-sovereign-identity

Mon Apr 26 16:14:22 +0000 2021

I think the principles in the original article have proven the most important element. That’s existence, control, access, transparency, persistence, portability, interoperability, consent, minimalization, and protection. They’ve allowed global conversation about SSI. [3/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:23 +0000 2021

To celebrate that anniversary, I published a new article today that takes a look at where self-sovereign identity has gone in the five years since. [2/13] https://twitter.com/CoinDesk/status/1386709198579322883?s=20

Mon Apr 26 16:14:23 +0000 2021

We’ve also got an expansive and healthy ecosystem centered around not just W3C, but also DIF and the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Indy. This is the blend of competition and cooperation that will lead to real innovation in the space! [7/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:24 +0000 2021

Today, Verifiable Credentials are an international standards as a W3C Recommendation (https://www.w3.org/TR/vc-data-model/) and DIDs are now a W3C Candidate Recommendation (https://www.w3.org/TR/did-core/). Those are the building blocks for SSI! [6/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:24 +0000 2021

Of course, there’s also been technological advancement, a lot of it on Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) and Verifiable Claims (VCs), which have long been supported by Rebooting the Web of Trust. [5/13] https://www.weboftrust.info/papers.html

Mon Apr 26 16:14:24 +0000 2021

But I’ve also been pleased to see self-sovereignty become a general goal for all sorts of digital assets: asset holders want the autonomy to make their own decisions without interference from third parties or gatekeepers. [4/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:24 +0000 2021

But what we’ve done already is amazing. Happy Fifth Birthday, Self-Sovereign Identity! [12/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:25 +0000 2021

Finally, we must remember that though DIDs and VCs may be a requirement to fulfill the principles of self-soveriegn identity, they are not sufficient by themselves. More work is needed to ensure privacy and human rights! [11/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:25 +0000 2021

I’d also like to see more attention paid to trust-minimized identity, which are centered on anonymity and peer-to-peer interactions to support more vulnerable individuals such as refugees and those who are discriminated against. [10/13]

Mon Apr 26 16:14:25 +0000 2021

The tight ties between DID methods and specific ledgers could lead to challenges, but our new rubric should help to resolve that issue. [9/13] https://w3c.github.io/did-rubric/

Mon Apr 26 16:14:25 +0000 2021

Is there room for improvement? Sure. [8/13] https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BbkBX-tUgifiS_VKcqCZYRTQAGF5pK-JEYQwmHYbMcI/edit#slide=id.g442085c4c7_0_546

Mon Apr 26 16:14:25 +0000 2021

For more new details on all of this work that we’ve done and all the advancements we’ve seen, please see my full article. [13/13] https://www.coindesk.com/self-sovereign-identity-five-years-on

Mon Apr 26 16:14:26 +0000 2021

RT @davidstrayhorn: In particular: how do we build the kinds of peer to peer interactions mentioned here by @ChristopherA?

Mon Apr 26 17:27:49 +0000 2021

RT @CaitlinLong_: Congrats to internet security pioneer @ChristopherA, who published a new piece on digital identity to mark the 5-year ann…

Mon Apr 26 20:15:06 +0000 2021

Replying to @OlUkolova, @dr_orlovsky and @lnp_bp

We have in our @BlockchainComns roadmap this year to explore some future alternatives for BTCR 2.0 DIDs, which like will include some single-use seal/RGB-like approaches. Funding an issue so lower priority this Q2.

Tue Apr 27 00:43:41 +0000 2021

RT @davidstrayhorn: The most important unsolved problems in the cypherpunk space are how to build and utilize self-sovereign identity. http…

Tue Apr 27 00:48:22 +0000 2021

RT @ChristopherA: Five years ago, I published “The Path to Self-Sovereign Identity”, which laid out the idea of a new sort of user-controll…

Wed Apr 28 17:45:19 +0000 2021

Replying to @JWWeatherman_, @kristovatlas and @CasaHODL

I have similar concerns and feel most can be addressed by a better architecture. However, I don’t know how to deal with the privacy issue as the Account Map (aka descriptors) must be available to all co-signers in order to sign. Thus any of them can watch. https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Gordian/blob/master/Docs/Multisig.md

Thu Apr 29 17:48:02 +0000 2021

One more day for applications to our summer virtual internship program! As it is also being sponsored by Human Rights Foundation more applications from diverse backgrounds, cultures, experience is welcome. Our @HRF & legal tracks do not require engineering expertise. https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1379864030853038080

Thu Apr 29 19:27:43 +0000 2021

I think about this #qotd (quote of the day) regularly “The opposite of consumption isn’t thrift; it’s generosity.” It has been particularly relevant to me over this last rough year. https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/12957622900

Thu Apr 29 19:40:46 +0000 2021

I like this list of blockchain “governance” attacks. Need to add them more generically to my threat modeling check lists. https://twitter.com/aklamun/status/1385662176367714306

Sat May 01 01:49:21 +0000 2021

RT @paulg: “Instead of just saying it wouldn’t settle, Cloudflare set out to completely destroy the patent troll who sued it.”

“It sought…

Sat May 01 01:52:42 +0000 2021

Replying to @brucefenton

That does not look like casino dice, which is what we recommends or #LetheKit [https://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/That’s_How_I_Roll_-A_Scientific_Analysis_of_Dice](https://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/That’s_How_I_Roll-_A_Scientific_Analysis_of_Dice)

Sat May 01 02:01:53 +0000 2021

Replying to @takuma_okada_, @everestpipkin, @ra and @unpwned

As a “not-for-profit” benefit LLC that is trying to build a http://www.participatoryecosystem.com/, I see what you are trying to do in 4 & 5 but it isn’t quite right. Some participatory orgs have equity & voting % change over time, given the commitment of stakeholders—thus not all equal.

Sat May 01 02:18:11 +0000 2021

Replying to @takuma_okada_, @everestpipkin, @ra and @unpwned

I’ve tried to capture some of the various patterns of participatory orgs at https://github.com/ParticipatoryOrgs/Participatory-Organizations-Overview-and-Taxonomy

Sat May 01 02:20:05 +0000 2021