This article dives into issues that threaten the humanitarian supply chain (i.e., lack of accountability and trust, lack of transparency, high fees, misaligned incentives, and coordination challenges) and looks at eight use cases of Web3 technology within this context.
This post explores how EASIER, an initiative of researchers from the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, uses STAC and web3 technologies such as Filecoin and the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) to store, retrieve, and analyze geospatial and geographic data.
TechSoup's Accelerating Makers project, supported by FFDW, aims to bridge the gap between civil society organizations and decentralized web (DWeb) technology. By providing education, resources, and community events, the project seeks to introduce civil society decision-makers to DWeb technology and enable DWeb Makers to understand the needs and challenges faced by civil society organizations, ultimately fostering the development of purpose-built, transparency-oriented, equitable solutions for the world's most pressing issues.
This video explains some of the issues with the current internet and dives into the basic concepts of how the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) aims to solve these issues. It explains the data structures employed by the protocol and a high-level overview of how they work. It provides a brief guide on how to install and use IPFS. Some topics covered in this video include distributed hash tables, MerkleDAGs, BitTorrent, peer-to-peer protocols, and decentralized file systems.
Explore CIDs (Content Identifiers), the unique labels used to point to data stored on distributed information systems, including Interplanetary File System (IPFS), IPLD, libp2p, and Filecoin.
The Decentralized Future Council (DFC) is focused on raising awareness and educating policymakers about the decentralized web and related technologies. Through educational initiatives and engagement with scholars, influencers, and organizations, DFC aims to promote understanding of the potential of Web3 technologies.
This blog post announces a multi-year commitment of FFDW to the Starling Lab, a research center tackling the technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust in the most sensitive digital records of our human history.
The Bacalhau documentation explains how to get started with Bacalhau on Filecoin. Bacalhau is a platform for Compute Over Data (COD). With Bacalhau, one can streamline existing workflows to run computation where data is stored.
This blog post delves into the growing interest in a more decentralized internet structure. It examines key concepts such as decentralization, centralization, distributed networks, peer-to-peer networks, open source, protocols, nodes, and decentralized data storage. These concepts are identified as crucial catalysts in the progression of the DWeb and Web3 movements.
Black people in the United States are adopting crypto at high rates relative to other groups and to traditional financial tools. This report seeks to answer why. What are the motivations? What is unique about Black people's motivations and participation in crypto? CRADL hopes the Web3 industry, leaders at traditional banks, and policymakers use this report as inspiration for meaningful and evidence-based solutions that enable more equitable wealth-building opportunities.
This curriculum provides coding examples on how to build a blog using the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) in order to create content addresses that don't change.
This article announces Distributed Press, a project that offers creators a user-friendly alternative to centralized platforms by providing a no-code publishing platform and content management system (CMS) that has access to decentralized platforms such as IPFS and Holepunch. The focus is on empowering individuals and serving diverse communities such as activists, journalists, offline networks, and artists.
HRDAG, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, harnesses the power of statistics to address human rights violations and promote accountability. By embracing decentralized web (DWeb) technologies like Filecoin and IPFS, HRDAG secures and preserves critical human rights data resiliently. This enables advocates and human rights defenders to access verifiable information, empowering them to drive positive social impact and promote justice worldwide.
Democracy's Library aims to address the problem of inaccessible government data by creating backups and a repository of verifiable information. Their goal is to make government records, research, and data freely and permanently accessible to all stakeholders, leveraging technologies like Web3 and decentralization to transform the structure of knowledge and facilitate better collective societal management. By preserving critical information in a repository with verifiable information, they strive to empower the future of government and enable informed decision-making.
This beginner-friendly course teaches how hashing and content addressing enable verifiable data sharing with peers on the decentralized web. Topics covered in this course include data retrieval, data identification, cryptographic hashing, and content identifiers.
This article explores how a ‘Decentralised Digital Identity’ concept applies to media users or a professional publishing company. It investigates how these identities can be used to develop trust and extract new value in the publishing and media industries. The work is based on the research undertaken by the Cogency project in 2022, which assessed how Web3 can be used to help build ongoing trust and develop new revenue streams for publishers and content producers.
This article emphasizes the need to reshape societal structures for the digital age. The central idea is establishing a standardized infrastructure while encouraging decentralized collaboration to maximize social innovation and benefits. Examples from various sectors highlight the potential social impact, from finance to healthcare and education.
This report identifies how artists, musicians, game designers, and other creative practitioners are pushing the established boundaries of the creative economy using Web3 tools and platforms. The report steers clear of aspirational ‘use cases’ and focuses instead on the industrial transformations that have manifested to date, including new ways of manufacturing ownership, rewarding and incentivizing fans to sustain creative projects, and the use of web3 for organizing and managing collaborative creative endeavors. Some concepts covered in this piece include intellectual property, peer-to-peer networks, blockchain, and records management.
This site contains technical documentation about Distributed Press: an open-source publishing tool focused on censorship mitigation and content hosting for the World Wide Web and Distributed Web. It automates publishing and hosting content to the web that it seeds to decentralized protocols like IPFS and Hypercore.
Decentralized Web (DWeb) for Creators will empower the next generation of emerging artists with the knowledge and tools necessary to adopt decentralized technology into their creative practices. Artists are vital to the DWeb movement, providing both cultural contexts for public adoption and important use cases for the technology. Still, many don’t have the background or skills to build upon the technology without support.
Watch John Solly, the Lead Geospatial Developer at the EASIER Data Initiative, present at the Compute Over Data Summit. His talk explores how decentralized technologies have created new opportunities for geospatial data and associated research.
Watch John Solly, the Lead Geospatial Developer at the EASIER Data Initiative, present his lightning talk at the FIL Network Base in Austin Texas. His talk explores use cases for Filecoin and IPFS to store publicly funded geospatial data to promote accessibility for research and academic institutions.
FFDW collaborates with MuckRock, a non-profit organization, to leverage the Filecoin network, IPFS and the greater decentralized web for preserving public documents and enhancing information transparency. MuckRock's DocumentCloud platform enables journalists and researchers to request, analyze, and share government documents via FOIA requests, while decentralized technologies ensure the long-term data preservation of these critical resources.
Connect Humanity, a social impact fund, partnered with FFDW to survey over 7,500 civil society organizations across 136 countries to evaluate the state of digital equity worldwide. The findings revealed significant barriers to internet access, affordability, digital skills, policy implementation, and content availability. Connect Humanity and FFDW aim to mobilize resources, knowledge, and solutions to bridge the digital divide, ensure equitable access to the internet, and promote a more inclusive and equal digital future through education and the development of decentralized technologies.
This article discusses how blockchain technology and web3 tools are used to preserve and verify evidence of war crimes, as demonstrated by The Starling Lab's submission to the International Criminal Court using a blockchain-verified chain of custody. This marks the first evidence submitted using blockchain technology, ensuring its authenticity, preventing tampering or loss, and continuing its digital preservation. This approach can enhance transparency through provenance and accountability in legal proceedings related to war crimes.
Episode 10 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" walks viewers through the history of community governance and decision-making, shared ownership, stakeholder engagement, and DAOs. This episode explores step-by-step how DAOs work and what a future built on networks of DAOs could look like.
Episode 11 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" explores the transition from Web2, which lets you publish your work, to Web3, which lets you monetize that work. This episode explores the shift in thinking from scarcity of access to scarcity of ownership in art, the rise of NFTs, and how the dweb allows individuals to curate, own, and monetize digital creativity, as well as build new spaces and leverage existing web2 platforms to create new community spaces.
Episode 12 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" explores how Web3 enables a new iteration of the internet. It explores how Web3 supports censorship and surveillance mitigation, as well as human rights and information access. Experts talk about how this next generation of the web benefits the creator economy, content providers, consumers, and platforms alike.
Episode 1 explores the internet's origin story and how it empowered content creators and brought universal access to knowledge. It showcases how society moved from Web 1.0 to today's centralized version of the World Wide Web, and highlights the benefits of web3 for long-term preservation of knowledge. Some key concepts explored in this video are peer-to-peer tools, link preservation, and censorship mitigation.
Episode 2 explores the benefits and use cases for decentralization across industries – from financial payments and record-keeping to art and architecture. It also considers how decentralization returns the power of the internet to the hands of the people, rather than to private entities.
Episode 3 examines the benefits of user ownership and control of data, as well as data encryption, transparency, and security. It also covers the value of data preservation and how web2 companies can adopt web3 tools today.
Episode 4 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" examines the relationship between authentication and authorization, pseudonymity, the rise of single sign-on platforms, and the advantages of and use cases for self-sovereign identity. Furthermore, it examines how self-sovereign identity may be achieved societally and technically.
Exploring the Decentralized Web, Episode 5, focuses on privacy and rights, including the tradeoffs around privacy and today's digital transactions. Some key discussion points in this episode include cryptography, data collection, location tracking, and web3 alternatives.
Episode 6 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" examines the distinction between open-source and closed-source software projects, incentive mechanisms for governance of open-source projects, and the benefits of inclusivity in open-source projects. Furthermore, this episode discusses some economic considerations about open source projects and examines concepts like scarcity mentality, competition, and collaboration in the open source world.
Episode 7 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web " examines applications and use cases for blockchain technology. It covers the mechanics of trustless transactions, network participants within a blockchain ecosystem, and how data ownership works within these systems. This episode specifically emphasizes the mechanisms surrounding blockchains, including smart contracts, multi-chain interactions, and decentralized applications.
Episode 8 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" guides one through the history of web browsers and the benefits of web3-enabled browsers like Brave and Opera, which bake in peer-to-peer protocols and cryptocurrency wallets. These benefits include privacy, data control, and a trustless environment.
Episode 9 of "Exploring the Decentralized Web" looks at the evolution of the advertising model and its relationship with media. It explores what ad models can look like when the web is decentralized (e.g., streaming payments to content creators). Some key concepts explored in this episode are media distribution, consumer-producer interaction, and community-owned platforms.
F-Droid is an installable catalog of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device. This app repository intends to solve the issues of centralized and walled gardens surrounding both Apple's and Google's app stores, mitigating censorship using decentralized technologies.
This blog post is the announcement of FFDW's collaboration with Spritely Institute to support the creation of a decentralized social media platform. Spritely works towards liberating individuals' online identities and relationships, providing user privacy and data protection, and ensuring individuals can freely build their online identities. Furthermore, this blog post describes Spritely's goals towards user-empowered moderation tools, infrastructure, user experience, etc.
This blog post announces FFDW's partnership with Prelinger Archives, a San Francisco-based historical film archive. FFDW and Prelinger Archives are working to digitize historical archival footage and store it on the decentralized web for everyone to view, working towards a more free and accessible internet.
This blog post is an announcement of FFDW's new collaboration with the Guardian Project. Specifically, the project focuses on integrating decentralized storage into their solutions for the distribution, authentication, and preservation of essential multimedia and software in their privacy-focused mobile apps.
OpenArchive is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing human rights by empowering people to collect, verify, and securely preserve mobile media using distributed backends. Through this partnership, OpenArchive will integrate decentralized storage solutions, such as IPFS and Filecoin, into their Save app. This crucial tool aids individuals in capturing, archiving, and verifying images and videos of global events directly from their smartphones, empowering at-risk communities and improving censorship mitigation.
The Guardian Project discusses the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) on this podcast. This podcast contains a high-level overview of IPFS and how it might impact the Guardian Project's internet freedom and human rights efforts. Some of the more technical topics discussed are distributed hash tables, CIDs, and hashing algorithms.
The Filecoin Docs are a centralized repository of technical information pertinent to developing on top of the Filecoin Network. They walk through concepts like the Filecoin Virtual Machine (FVM), smart contracts, and peer-to-peer networks (P2P).
Sacred Stacks, a collaborative project by the University of Colorado Boulder's Media Economies Design Lab and Center for Media, Religion and Culture, explores the potential of decentralized technologies in building stronger activist communities and making a social impact. Partnering with seven activist communities, they organized a six-month online learning cohort. They created an 80-page illustrated zine to reflect on the challenges faced by the designers of decentralized tools in serving the communities they aim to support, emphasizing the importance of technology in cultivating spiritually creative "cyborg communities" and fostering social change.
This blog announces FFDW's collaboration with Harvard University's Library Innovation Lab (LIL) to explore open and decentralized technologies for cultural preservation, fighting linkrot, and democratizing open knowledge among many other avenues.
This blog post explores the potential of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) to revolutionize the internet. It highlights the alignment between DAOs and community-based decision-making, community governance, accountability, innovative fundraising, and incentivization models. Furthermore, the article emphasizes the ability of DAOs to empower grassroots communities, enabling them to organize, raise funds, and deliver services in a decentralized manner.
This blog post by Blockchain Law For Social Good Center (BL4SG) provides takeaways from the 2023 World Economic Forum. This article also includes a description of how Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) work.
This 10-lesson curriculum is designed to provide an essential background of web3. Some lessons include wallet and blockchain basics, web3 security, layer 1 and 2 blockchains, DeFi, decentralized exchanges, and more.
This Forbes news article by Jocelynn Pearl highlights 5 individuals working towards social good using blockchain technologies. The projects covered here are open source and utilize interesting concepts like open incentives and quadratic funding. Some of the projects highlighted in the article include GitCoin, Hypercerts foundation, and Govrn.
This report explores why people join Web3 hackathons and how hackathon design influences the attendee experience. It features archetypes of hackathon teams and includes a hackathon journey map that organizers can use when planning their events.
This YouTube video explores the concept of the decentralized web (DWeb), which aims to distribute internet resources across connected devices instead of centralized entities. It highlights the Guardian Project's ProofMode app, which allows activists and organizations to protect their communications and data from intrusion, interception, and monitoring, particularly in documenting war crimes. The video emphasizes how decentralized solutions can empower civil society, distribute power away from individual control, and better serve communities worldwide.
This video is a talk by Ally Haire, a developer advocate at the Filecoin Foundation. She explains IPFS & Filecoin, concepts, tech, developer tooling, and social and engineering challenges with the current web. She also speaks on how Filecoin/IPFS work towards solving those problems. The topics covered in this conversation are deduplication, verifiability, content IDs (CIDs), content routing, retrievability, storage deals, and crypto-economics.
This video by Simply Explained takes a look at how the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) works as well as explores its basic concepts and how it can solve issues like censorship using content-addressed data.
This series of six webinars explores how using decentralized technologies may enhance privacy, empower control over one's own data, and resist censorship. Hear from experts in the leading peer-to-peer technologies, from identity to data storage. It includes demonstrations of how decentralized tech is used in publishing, data management, and in preserving cultural assets.
This news article documents issues surrounding the fires consuming Brazil's Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland. The photo presentation in this story was produced in collaboration with The Starling Lab for Data Integrity at Stanford University and the University of Southern California. The photos are cryptographically authenticated and verify when and where they were taken. Captured data also includes confirmation that the images have not been edited, improving data integrity.
This blog is a set of slides presenting what the author learned while building thread-keeper, the experimental open-source software behind social.perma.cc, allowing for high-fidelity captures of twitter.com urls as “sealed” PDFs.
The IPFS docs serve as a source of truth for developing on top of IPFS. Information such as popular web3 projects built on IPFS, basic concepts surrounding IPFS, subsystems and components that make up IPFS, and more will be found here. These basic ideas include peer-to-peer protocols (p2p), addressing, routing, transferring, content-addressed data, decentralized file systems, hashing, immutability, persistence, subsystems, and IPFS implementations.
Santiago Lyon, former VP for Photography at The Associated Press, emphasizes the importance of establishing provenance in the digital media landscape to combat misinformation and promote trust. He discusses the role of technologies like blockchain and the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) in tracking the origins and changes of digital files, providing users with reliable information. The article highlights the CAI's efforts in developing open standards and collaborating with industries to ensure widespread adoption of provenance technology.
This curriculum covers how content identifiers (CIDs) are used to create content-addressable data structures for the distributed web. Learn the theory behind data structures such as graphs, and MerkleDAGs, and how they can ensure verifiability, disreputability, and deduplication.
A comprehensive onboarding guide to understanding web3. This curriculum will walk you through web3 basics, such as understanding wallets, stablecoins, exchanges, Ethereum, Layer 2s, DeFi, DAOs, NFTs and their use cases, and more.
This blog explores the new potential for lawyers under the context of blockchain technology. It offers several different use cases and explains how they may be pertinent to the evolution of law. It investigates ideas like policy, intellectual property, and provenance. The article mainly focuses on use cases surrounding smart contracts and DAOs.
The open-source project ProofMode operates as an almost invisible utility on a phone, automatically adding extra digital proof data to all the photos and videos captured on a mobile camera. This data can be conveniently shared with anyone through a "Share Proof" action. The app aims to enhance media's credibility and authenticity by providing cryptographically verifiable digital proof.
Nathan Freitas of the Guardian Project talks through his thoughts on the upcoming work on ProofMode, journey into the DWeb, how and where to build in the privacy and security needed for activists and journalists, and finishes with a grand unification theory across multiple apps and projects. Some key topics discussed in this talk are decentralized storage, privacy, security, and cryptography.
ReFi encompasses a variety of theories, models, and concepts. This repository aims to serve as a wiki for research, acronyms, and additional reading materials to understand ReFi better. Some topics that will be found in this wiki are DeFi, NFTs, CCPs, carbon markets, ecosystem marketplaces, and the open climate registry.
This research report discusses the role of user-generated content in developing a decentralized internet via Web3 applications. The brief includes a systematic analysis of the challenges and benefits of content policies and enforcement strategies surrounding regulation in over 30 blockchain-based apps, providing a snapshot of the current field.
During the second half of 2022, MEDLab led seven communities to explore together the needs, ethics, and challenges of emerging decentralized technologies. What began as an errant search for practical tools became an exploration of ritual, relationship, and poetics. This fully illustrated, 80-page zine compiles reflections and learnings from the Sacred Stacks cohort.
Sustainable Blockchain Summit (SBS) in April 2023 included 1 jam-packed day of expert talks, workshops, and deep dives. The event featured over 35 top thought leaders in sustainability and web3, speaking on energy systems, carbon markets, sustainable finance, renewable energy, and impact beyond carbon.
This blog post from the Blockchain Law for Social Good Center explores the potential of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) for positive social impact. It discusses legal uncertainties, jurisdictional challenges, and the need for regulatory frameworks to protect DAO members from liabilities (DAO LLCs) while emphasizing the importance of building democratic principles within DAOs.
This Emmy-nominated investigative piece published by Rolling Stone, in collaboration with Starling Labs, explores unsolved war crimes in Bosnia. The images have authentication certificates, including cryptographic verification and hosting on multiple decentralized storage networks. This is one of the first deployments of photojournalism on the Dweb, ensuring that we have an irrefutable record of these events.
This Q&A with Guardian Project, an FFDW project partner, explores the intersection of decentralized apps (dApps) and social good. It highlights the benefits of dApps in terms of data control, security, privacy, and preservation. The article discusses common use cases of dApps, including their application in the human rights and humanitarian space, and showcases projects like F-Droid and ProofMode that leverage decentralized technologies and storage for secure app distribution, chain of custody, and verifiable media documentation.
The Value Prop is a resource database showcasing the diverse and unique blockchain-based applications spanning sustainability, humanitarian work, education, and others. The Value Prop is chain agnostic and includes use cases and applications built on any blockchain network, reaching any part of the world in numerous social impact areas.
This blog post spotlights an exciting use case of Web3 tech in the environmental field by explaining how blockchain tech from ConsenSys and TraSeable can track the tuna supply chain from the fishers out at sea to the supermarket.
This article explores use cases surrounding data storage on the decentralized web. It explains how universities and organizations leverage decentralized storage to preserve useful information, such as research data and open courseware. It also addresses some of the challenges associated with the use of blockchain-based storage.
This blog post captures some technical challenges and opportunities related to web archiving and client-side playback. The author reflects on their experience deploying replayweb.page on perma.cc and provides general security, performance, and practical recommendations on embedding web archives on a website using client-side playback.
The article discusses the potential of Web3, a decentralized, blockchain-based internet ecosystem, to create a fairer and more equitable internet. It examines the principles of justice, particularly those of philosopher John Rawls, and how they can guide the design of Web3. The article highlights the need for Web3 to address wealth inequality, access, and governance issues to fulfill its promise of democratizing opportunity and creating a just internet. It suggests promoting self-determination and agency, rewarding participation over capital, and incorporating initiatives that benefit disadvantaged individuals as key steps in achieving justice in Web3.
This article highlights the benefits of decentralization in the context of environmentalism and regenerative finance (ReFi). The article explores how blockchain technology can ensure that the individuals protecting the environment are recognized. Some concepts covered are carbon offsets, carbon credits, and the open forest protocol.
This article explores some issues surrounding social impact initiatives, specifically in relation to web3. The authors explain that web3 and decentralized finance (DeFi) technologies are too often built under the context of "for good" but used as tools of exploitation. Also discussed within this article are potential solutions to these issues surrounding accountability, governance, community trust, and equitable power structures. The authors point out some initiatives that are making an impact and explain how to support and contribute to building a better, more transparent internet.
Innovative companies and individuals use blockchain to transform the world’s biggest challenges into humanity’s biggest triumphs. This webpage lists examples of how blockchain is used for social good (e.g., verifying environmental impact, supply chain verification, and micro-financing).
This article discusses the development of Scoop, a high-fidelity, open-source, browser-based, single-page web archiving capture engine built to address the needs of the web archiving community, with a particular focus on specificity, accuracy, and security. Scoop employs the "no-alteration principle" to ensure captured HTTP exchanges remain unprocessed and authentic. The tool allows users to customize their capture policies and how the browser interacts with web pages. To ensure decentralization of trust, authenticity, and provenance in a decentralized web archiving process, Scoop incorporates support for the Web Archive Collection Zipped (WACZ) file format and the WACZ signing and verification specification, allowing for a cryptographic seal on the web archive file.
The article highlights the potential of blockchain technology to contribute to a sustainable power system and reduce emissions in the crypto industry. It mentions that blockchain can support renewable energy projects by purchasing renewable energy, creating additional revenue streams, and offsetting carbon emissions related to cryptocurrency portfolios. The report emphasizes the need for comprehensive blockchain emissions guidelines, transparency, and verifiability in emissions reporting within the Web3 ecosystem.