The much anticipated release of the Stacks 2.0 blockchain is drawing near and we thought it might be helpful for AWS developers to understand why this is big news and how it might affect them. Put simply the Stacks network adds smart contract capability to the Bitcoin blockchain. Clarity Contracts share many of the characteristics of the underlying blockchain. They are uncensorable, transparent and inherit the most important features of a global consensus network — they provide an independent mechanism for determining the ownership of digital assets.

In practice Clarity Contracts are similar to lambda functions in AWS’ Serverless, small…

And how we are solving them.

This a review of some the problems we have encountered so far in building — a peer to peer marketplace and auction site.

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Problem 1: Choose the Right Framework

Genuinely decentralised apps require foundations that provide two core features;

  • Self owned identity
  • Decentralised user data

These are difficult problems and its unrealistic for every project to solve these problems independently. After taking a close look at how projects in the Ethereum eco-system are working we realised smart contracts don’t provide the answers to these questions. User data is far too massive to be stored on chain. …

Quietly, away from the hype and noise that has accompanied the crypto ICO boom and bust, Bitcoin, Lightning and Blockstack have been building the new internet.

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In a move that until now has gone almost unnoticed Blockstack have opened the door to a community of web developers to bring their skills and the tools of their trade to bare on the sizable problem of rebuilding the internet. The most shocking thing about Blockstacks design and architecture is its simplicity; reusing 95% of the infrastructure we already have in place. …

The creaking foundations of our 40 year old internet are groaning under the strain of centrally owned user data. Attempts are under way to fix it with sticky backed plastic; e.g. recent moves to make social media bosses liable for the content users publish on their platforms. However, the political, regulatory, legislative and technical challenges in making such solutions work are substantial.

It is interesting to compare the situation with the new Internet (web 3.0) that Blockstack and others are building. Here things are quite different. Blockstack, for example, are building strong new foundations for an ecosystem of new sharing…

Art and technology seem to be clutching hands on a rollercoaster ride like never before. Several art on blockchain projects have sprung up over the past year and this article takes a look at the problems people are trying to solve and at how decentralised the solutions really are. It’s a vibrant space that exemplifies the debate at the heart of the new internet — control. We ask whether blockchain technologies are delivering on the promise of disrupting the established relationships in the online art world or whether the same same old tunes are just being replayed on different instruments…

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Radicle is a toolkit of decentralised technologies for building peer to peer marketplaces.

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