We ask the buidlers within the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for his or her ideas on the trade… and throw in just a few random zingers to maintain them on their toes!


This week, our 6 Questions go to Kim Hamilton Duffy, director of identification and requirements at Centre Consortium — an open-source expertise undertaking designed to create a extra inclusive world financial system.

Kim is a frontrunner within the rising decentralized identification area and has architected profitable open-source initiatives similar to Verite, Blockcerts and the Digital Credential Consortium toolkit.

1 — Which international locations are doing probably the most to assist blockchain, and which of them might be left behind?

Moderately than assessing this by way of the slim lens of whether or not sure crypto transactions are taxed, I take into consideration whether or not international locations are supporting innovation in blockchain — and, extra broadly, decentralized architectures — in a collaborative, accountable, sustainable means that may profit people and companies. 

A repeated theme: Regulatory readability is vital for people and companies to construct and innovate confidently. However this have to be based mostly on nuanced, balanced approaches that pull in a spread of stakeholders — technologists, regulators and privateness consultants — and have to be sufficiently future-proofed to accommodate rising expertise. Anti-patterns — that’s, examples of approaches which can be uneven, overly restrictive or reactive — embrace banning particular implementations or sorts of mining. 


2 — What’s the major hurdle in the best way of mass adoption of blockchain expertise?

It’s cut up amongst interoperability, usability and belief.

Luckily, we’re shifting past the dialogue of which blockchain will “win,” understanding that completely different blockchain traits could also be finest suited to completely different use circumstances. However this underscores the significance of interoperability — and for this, open requirements and protocols are key.

The opposite side is the necessity for improved usability and belief, that are interwoven. Regardless of the transparency enabled by blockchain-based applied sciences, the technical boundaries to entry and overwhelming quantity of knowledge to soak up make these advantages unrealizable to many. Figuring out prioritize the consumer expertise to convey belief (as an analogy, you may consider the “browser lock” icon signifying a safe connection) might be essential to success.


3 — Have you ever ever purchased a nonfungible token? What was it? And if not, what do you assume might be your first?

Sure! The primary NFT I minted/purchased was a Crypto Coven… after which I ended up minting and shopping for just a few extra. I fell in love with the aesthetics and thoughtfulness of the undertaking. It was clearly a labor of affection — a lot care went into producing the design parts, attributes and mythology that fashioned every particular person witch. Even the contract code was fantastically written. 

Additionally, its Discord is an extremely optimistic, supportive place, with a few of the finest Web3/Ethereum technical discussions as properly.


4 — What’s the unlikeliest-to-happen factor in your bucket listing?

Being swarmed and tackled by a grumble of 100-plus pugs might be close to the highest. A extra modest purpose is getting a pie within the face, a la Seventies slapstick comedy. But in some way, this hasn’t occurred but.


5 — In case you didn’t want sleep, what would you do with the additional time?

I’d spend further time writing. Decentralized identification requirements and applied sciences are new, and it’s exhausting for individuals to get entry to info by way of an goal, not industrial or vendor, lens. Whereas the technical specs can be found, these aren’t accessible to broader audiences. Extra critically, these don’t present context and tribal data from the various years of deliberations that went into design selections.

The chance in rolling out transformative applied sciences understood by a choose few is that they can’t be tailored and refined with different consultants (privateness, regulatory, and many others.) whose enter is important to adoption. I’ve spent a number of time fascinated with the boundary between technical options and what’s required for real-world adoption, and I’d wish to make extra time to jot down about this.

On a extra private facet, I’d spend at the very least 4 hours a day practising the Bach Cello Suites.


6 — What’s the way forward for social media?

I really feel assured that we’re on a path towards extra decentralized underpinnings of social media networks, the place your knowledge, connections, status and expertise are more and more below your management — not below the management of an organization that’s incentivized to deal with you because the product.

Christine Lemmer-Webber, a frontrunner in decentralized identification (particularly integrating capability-based approaches), has additionally been a pioneer of decentralized social media efforts, together with Mastodon and ActivityPub. This work is continuous and thriving by way of efforts like BlueSky.

The problem, in fact, might be figuring out sustainable fashions to assist such networks. This introduces an thrilling alternative to develop new approaches that don’t depend on aggregating enormous knowledge silos — as an alternative, ones that respect privateness and knowledgeable consent.

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