The hottest Decentralization Substack posts right now

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The Generalist • 380 implied HN points • 14 Mar 24
  1. Farcaster, a disruptive social network, is built on a permissionless protocol, attracting attention by charging every user a fee to prevent spam.
  2. Farcaster competes head-to-head with Elon Musk in the social arena, aiming to offer a fundamentally different social experience rather than just a Twitter clone.
  3. Introducing innovative features like 'Frames' mini-applications within the feed has been a game-changer for Farcaster, sparking interest among developers and users.
Platformer • 3518 implied HN points • 05 Jul 23
  1. Meta released Threads, a new app challenging Twitter, with a focus on content moderation and decentralization.
  2. Threads is a text-based messaging app similar to Twitter, allowing easy following of Instagram users with limited features.
  3. The success of Threads will depend on cultivating a vibrant community and continuous improvements to user experience.
Eurykosmotron • 628 implied HN points • 25 Nov 23
  1. The time to create beneficial Artificial General Intelligence is now, with a clear idea of what needs to be solved.
  2. The development of AGI could lead to Artificial Superintelligence and a potential 'intelligence explosion'.
  3. Decentralized AGI development is crucial to ensure alignment with human values and to avoid monopolization by a few elites.
Not Boring by Packy McCormick • 168 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Farcaster is a blockchain network creating small interactive apps called Frames that can revolutionize social networking.
  2. Farcaster's Frames exemplify the concept of small applications growing protocols, encouraging experimentation and innovation.
  3. Blockchain networks like Farcaster win by offering decentralization, composability, and permissionlessness, enabling new functionalities and experiences for users and developers.
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Lex_Node's Official CryptoLaw Newsletter • 78 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. Autonomy is about being resistant to external powers in the sense of self-sovereignty and independence.
  2. Decentralization involves distributing intrinsic power across multiple actors to prevent unfair exercise and ensure availability.
  3. Decentralization can enhance autonomy by making a system more robust against external influences, thus facilitating user independence.
New_ Public • 589 implied HN points • 19 Feb 23
  1. Social networks can be classified based on governance models and ownership structures.
  2. Different governance models include big room networks, group-hosting networks, the Fediverse, and very small online platforms.
  3. Advocating for a pluriverse, where diverse social network models coexist, allowing users to choose based on community needs.
Untangled with Charley Johnson • 19 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Crypto industry needs to work on earning public trust and creating real value in the world
  2. To move forward, the crypto industry should focus on understanding how blockchains interact with social systems
  3. The e-book 'Crypto Untangled' aims to help people understand what's happening in the crypto world and encourage industry participants to address blindspots
THE FREEDOM BLOG • 157 implied HN points • 27 Jul 23
  1. Spain's recent election results show challenges with centralized rule in forming a stable government with diverse opinions.
  2. Centralized democratic States may lead to policies out of touch with citizens' wishes due to a concentration of power in national parliaments.
  3. Devolved government and finances could reduce political conflict, improve accountability, and better reflect local interests.
Cryptocurrency and Friends • 235 implied HN points • 16 Feb 23
  1. Decentralization in rollups is about prioritizing one honest party over a majority of validators.
  2. Rollups use a trusted third party like a smart contract instead of an honest majority to determine truth.
  3. The goal of decentralization in rollups is to empower one honest party to make decisions for the entire system in critical moments.
Bram’s Thoughts • 196 implied HN points • 05 May 23
  1. Ethereum's 'World Computer' idea with infinite on-chain scaling was never practical.
  2. Current Ethereum performance is lacking due to the limitations of Solidity and EVM.
  3. Ethereum development focuses more on exciting projects rather than addressing critical issues like security vulnerabilities in Solidity.
Senatus’s Newsletter • 19 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. Every Proof of Work coin must choose between specialized hashing, leading to centralization over time, or generalized hashing, resulting in a constantly insecure chain.
  2. Specialized hashing algorithms for Proof of Work require specific hardware, electricity, space, maintenance, and capital, leading to centralization over time.
  3. Generalized hashing algorithms allow more participation but can make the chain insecure due to the vast latent hashrate available for potential attacks.
Senatus’s Newsletter • 78 implied HN points • 21 Jul 23
  1. A perfect cryptocurrency needs to have uncensorability, certainty of supply, and transferability as a store of value.
  2. Bitcoin faces challenges with decreasing security spend and centralization of hashrate, impacting its resilience to attacks.
  3. Issues in Bitcoin such as affordability, speed, and scalability make it less efficient as a medium of exchange, while alternative cryptocurrencies offer better solutions.
Olshansky's Newsletter • 44 implied HN points • 29 Sep 23
  1. Pocket Network is implementing the Shannon Upgrade as a micro-rollup using Rollkit and Celestia.
  2. Pocket Network provides developers with reliable, performant, and cost-effective RPC access to the open internet.
  3. The decision to pivot to Rollkit allows Pocket to focus on core utility, delegate security to Data Availability layers, and scale the number of relays the network can handle.
sonsofcrypto • 19 implied HN points • 06 Oct 23
  1. Web3 is often reliant on proprietary web2 APIs, compromising decentralization.
  2. Web3 wallets should aim to connect to the blockchain directly for data, avoiding centralized services.
  3. To enhance mass adoption, web3 products need to be user-friendly, mobile-compatible, and focus on decentralization.
The Corbett Report • 26 implied HN points • 09 Jul 23
  1. The concept of the Internet has evolved over time, with the current centralized landscape contrasting the decentralized and diverse early days.
  2. Concerns about censorship, surveillance, and control highlight the shift from a free and open Internet to a controlled digital space.
  3. Despite the challenges, emerging decentralized technologies offer hope for rediscovering authentic human connection online.
Crypto Good • 26 implied HN points • 06 Jun 23
  1. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are reshaping the future of work by living and experimenting with new methods in real-time.
  2. DAOs are fundamentally different by design, reimagining work on the decentralized web and setting new standards.
  3. The future of work may be led by DAOs powered by sovereign individuals, AI, and high technology.
Digital Epidemiology • 19 implied HN points • 04 Apr 23
  1. Mastodon is like Twitter but open source and decentralized, making it the future of social media.
  2. Mastodon's open-source nature allows for enormous creativity with various apps and user experiences.
  3. Being decentralized, Mastodon offers users choice, control, and a niche platform with a more engaging and pleasant tone compared to mainstream social media.
sonsofcrypto • 19 implied HN points • 04 Apr 23
  1. Cult DAO aims to challenge existing financial and political systems by promoting decentralization, freedom, and equality.
  2. Cult invests in projects that further decentralization and empower the majority, limiting the influence of deep-pocketed entities.
  3. Projects like Revolt, The Rug Game, and Modulus showcase Cult's commitment to innovative governance mechanisms and decentralized systems.
Equal Ventures • 19 implied HN points • 03 Dec 22
  1. The virtual power plant (VPP) opportunity exists in sub-scale, BTM assets.
  2. Storage is the keystone of the energy transition. With storage, you are the market maker, unlike solar, where you're the price taker.
  3. Higher volatility strengthens the business case for storage and VPPs. As the grid becomes more volatile, buildings will turn to decentralized energy sources. Combining storage and VPPs enables buildings to operate as power producers.
Altered States of Monetary Consciousness • 5 HN points • 26 Jun 23
  1. Mainstream money system is hierarchical and dynamic, with layers of players issuing, transferring, and redeeming money.
  2. Crypto tokens offer a rigid decentralization approach and fixed supply, but struggle to compete with the flexibility and dynamism of fiat money.
  3. A synthesis could involve blending the dynamism of credit money systems with the decentralized approach of crypto to create a more dynamic and liquid decentralization.
Crypto Good • 3 implied HN points • 05 Jul 23
  1. City DAO is the first community-governed city on the blockchain with a unique Network State concept, started in Wyoming.
  2. Notable figures like Vitalik Buterin and Brian Armstrong are early citizens of City DAO, participating through Citizen NFTs.
  3. City DAO's governance model has evolved over time, exploring trends like moving away from direct democracy and focusing on productivity in decision-making.
Cybernetic Forests • 19 implied HN points • 18 Apr 21
  1. Artists are experimenting with digital contracts and smart contracts in art projects like Terra0 and Plantoid, exploring new forms of economic units and self-evolving sculptures.
  2. Cryptocurrencies like Trust/Risk challenge traditional financial systems by creating decentralized charitable networks where money is burned into the price of a currency and used for communal support.
  3. The rise of cryptocurrencies like Dogecoin demonstrates a shift towards digital rituals and communal investments, rather than traditional monetary transactions, with a focus on speculative value and community engagement.