How Innovative Funding Models Could Usher in a New Era of Worker-Owned Platform Cooperatives – Resilience

As the gig economy grows, more and more stories of worker exploitation are coming to the fore. And as reports of shady labor practices at Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Postmates, and Amazon Mechanical Turk show, these issues run rampant across all sectors of the gig economy. In the home services industry, the platform Handy has made a name for itself, connecting people with pre-screened professional cleaners, fixers, and other professionals. Within three years of its founding, however, the company already faced lawsuits for allegedly underpaying workers and making them pay severe fees for minor transgressions.

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Learn about Aragon and governance using blockchain tech

The scope of Aragon’s influence has been broadening ever since the team started growing from just myself and Luis to a dozen of brilliant freedom fighters. We’ve had serious conversations, both community-wide and internally, about the direction that Aragon should take. We’ve gone from it being a nice way to manage a traditional business to a full-stack governance platform for sovereign individualsorganizations and protocols in the blockchain. This has made us analyze and re-evaluate just what are we building many times over.


How does the Blockchain Work? (Part 1) – The Blockchain Review – Medium

Welcome to the first installment in the How does blockchain technology work series!Update: July 22, 2017: I want to thank the 175,000+ people that have read this article, and due to the high volume of questions I get on a daily basis, I’ve decided to add some direction to this post, which is a now a 4 part series.If you really want to get into the blockchain and cryptocurrency world, I would highly recommend that you start your journey by reading these two white papers:Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash Systemand;Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platformand then read them again….and again…

Source: How does the Blockchain Work? (Part 1) – The Blockchain Review – Medium

Getting started with Smart Contracts – Hacker Noon

follow the stuff below.In this journey, I’ve managed to create a sequence of resources to be followed to avoid randomness(which I’ve been through).Pre gyan session:A 101 Noob Intro to Programming Smart Contracts on EthereumSome general gyan before you start:Getting Started as an Ethereum Web DeveloperSequence of articles I’ve followedHow to deploy the smart contractHow to build your first Ðapp through web3.jsA simple smart contract Web UI using web3.jsHyper-ledger Fabric and It’s purposesIn general, if you want to choose a side or entrepreneur or developer or a middleman* The ultimate Ethereum blockchain startup guide

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Macro Blockchain #1: The End of Aggregation Theory – Token Economy

NeighborSQUAD is researching how a Token Economy might help to jump start bringing in early adopters interested in forming Worker Owned Coops that would provide service and support for Community Owned Networks.

Diminishing UX/Network Effects: New Token-Based Incentivizes for Early AdoptersBefore blockchains and the digital scarcity of tokens, it was difficult to attract early users to a new network. But now, a company can “pay” early adopters in a native token and those early adopters will be incentivized to increase the value of their tokens. I personally love Fred Ehrsam’s description and visual for this:So how do you get people to join a brand new network? You give people partial ownership of the network. Just like equity in a startup, it is more valuable to join the network early because you get more ownership. Decentralized applications do this by paying their contributors in their token. And there is potential for that token (partial ownership of the network) to be worth more in the future. This is equivalent to being a miner in the early days of Bitcoin. …When the network is less populated and useful you now have a stronger incentive to join it.This system has been used by startups for years to attract employees to a young company, and now decentralized apps are using it to incentivize all potential users around the world to join the app early on.

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Alpha Test

Blockchain as a Service is coming in 2018. We’re looking at the future of how Blockchain technologies can help us with our mission of enabling Worker Owned Coops to provide service and support for Community Owned Networks. Check out the alpha release of MIMIR:

MIMIR Alpha TestMIMIR Blockchain Solutions is the world’s first Decentralized Ethereum Service Provider (DESP), a new industry category that takes Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) beyond the cloud. To learn more about our Alpha Testing, sign in below with Google or Github and complete these instructions to access our alpha. Here you will also find eligibility requirements associated with bug bounty rewards to be awarded to those helping us improve our early alpha.

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Colony: A platform for open organizations

Here at NeighborSQUAD we’re thinking a lot about how we can scale and have a decentralized open organization. One of the efforts we are following is “Colony.”

Open OrganizationsWe believe that the most successful organizations of the future will be open.Openness is not about open plan offices or ‘20% time’. It’s about how decisions get made, how labor is divided, and who controls the purse strings.In an open organization, you’re empowered to do the work you care about, not just what you’re told to do. Decisions are made openly and transparently. Influence is earned by consistently demonstrating just how damn good you are. It means everyone’s incentives are aligned, because ownership is open to all.And that means opportunity is open to all, and a new world of possibility opens up.Colony is infrastructure for the future of work: self-organizing companies that run via software, not paperwork.

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Namecoin could decentralize DNS and more

Namecoin is an experimental open-source technology which improves decentralization, security, censorship resistance, privacy, and speed of certain components of the Internet infrastructure such as DNS and identities.(For the technically minded, Namecoin is a key/value pair registration and transfer system based on the Bitcoin technology.)Bitcoin frees money – Namecoin frees DNS, identities, and other technologies.What can Namecoin be used for?Protect free-speech rights online by making the web more resistant to censorship.Attach identity information such as GPG and OTR keys and email, Bitcoin, and Bitmessage addresses to an identity of your choice.Human-meaningful Tor .onion domains.Decentralized TLS (HTTPS) certificate validation, backed by blockchain consensus.Access websites using the .bit top-level domain.Proposed ideas such as file signatures, voting, bonds/stocks/shares, web of trust, notary services, and proof of existence. (To be implemented.)

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Understanding the blockchain – O’Reilly Media

The blockchain is the new database — get ready to rewrite everythingThe technology concept behind the blockchain is similar to that of a database, except that the way you interact with that database is different.For developers, the blockchain concept represents a paradigm shift in how software engineers will write software applications in the future, and it is one of the key concepts that needs to be well understood. We need to really understand five key concepts, and how they interrelate to one another in the context of this new computing paradigm that is unravelling in front of us: the blockchain, decentralized consensus, trusted computing, smart contracts, and proof of work/stake. This computing paradigm is important because it is a catalyst for the creation of decentralized applications, a next-step evolution from distributed computing architectural constructs.

Source: Understanding the blockchain – O’Reilly Media