GoodBlock Sunsets DPOS Operations

GoodBlock Sunsets DPOS Operations

GoodBlock Sunsets DPOS Operations

April 4, 2024  Seattle, USA  After six years of operating block producer nodes on public delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS) blockchains, GoodBlock will sunset its DPoS blockchain validating operations to focus on its other lines of business. All operations and services on Antelope.IO-based DPoS public blockchains (formerly EOS.IO) will cease. GoodBlock will continue to operate its Decide Governance Engine tools, led by its Decide Voter mobile app.

GoodBlock has been engaged in the Antelope.IO/EOS.IO protocol since its earliest days in 2017 and 2018, when GoodBlock (under the name EOS Americas) participated in the EOS Mainnet Launch Group which launched several testnets and ultimately the EOS Mainnet. Later in 2018, GoodBlock led the deployment of the Telos Blockchain, founded by GoodBlock’s CEO, Douglas Horn. GoodBlock’s developer team also served as the Telos Core Developers (TCD) for the first several years of the Telos Blockchain’s existence, creating many of the Telos core features such as block producer rotation and removal, operational improvements, and the Decide Governance Engine. Other members of the GoodBlock team were influential in this community even before joining the company. Additionally, Douglas Horn was a founder of the Antelope Coalition, a unified effort from the Telos, EOS, WAX and UX Network blockchains to take charge of the development of the EOS.IO protocol and development following the withdrawal of EOS.IO developer, Block One from further development duties. Other Antelope.IO founders include Yves La Rose, Lukas Sliwka and Guillaume Babin-Trembley. 

In recent years, GoodBlock was one of the original block producer organizations that launched the Bitcoin Libre blockchain and served as a block producer on the UX Network in addition to continuing as a block producer on Telos. In 2022 and 2023, GoodBlock consistently achieved the highest CPU benchmark performance of any mainnet block producer on any Antelope Coalition-member blockchain block producer, without using the protocol’s CPU acceleration, due to its research and development of improved hardware and software infrastructure. This speed advantage required GoodBlock to limit its top speeds so as not to overload less powerful block producer nodes on public blockchains. GoodBlock continues to develop this technology, which it will employ as a homogenous infrastructure on the Ayetu Blockchain, which is anticipated to allow Ayetu the highest capacity of any similar network, with initial aims of 40,000 TPS in sustained throughput.

Today, GoodBlock is engaged in a number of exciting projects including the African data and financial network, Ayetu, decentralized cloud storage platform, dStor, A large regenerative farming project and platform in Ghana, GreenEarth, and other projects not yet made public. DPoS blockchains offer significant technological and performance advantages over other blockchain technologies, but despite conducting the richest ICO in blockchain history ($4B), Block One never fulfilled its promises of investing into the DPoS community and infrastructure, and the protocol failed to thrive. Further, there have always been questions about the viability of DPoS as a consensus mechanism, since it appears to be susceptible to capture by small groups of whales and colluding block producers. While GoodBlock has a significant investment and leadership in the Antelope.IO technology, the company will concentrate its efforts on implementations that do not rely on the DPoS consensus mechanism.

Improving Governance With Decide Voter | Building Blocks

Improving Governance With Decide Voter | Building Blocks

Building Blocks is a series where we look at GoodBlocks’ work in leveraging emerging technologies to solve some of humanity’s biggest problems. In this article we’ll be diving into Decide Voter, a unique piece of tooling to facilitate fair and accessible democratic processes within communities.

Governance is broken and in need of a massive overhaul. The current methods in place for groups to reach consensus around a shared goal are plagued with problems like opaque processes, poor user experience, and voter apathy. This has led to a growing distrust in the democratic processes, no matter how well-intentioned the people may be that are utilising these systems. 

GoodBlock is on a mission to solve this issue, with their innovative, decentralised governance tooling, Decide Voter. Keep reading to learn more about how this project aims to bring about a more optimistic future for consensus building. 

 

A Growing Need for Fair & Accessible Governance Tooling

Technology has come a long way since society first began to utilise democratic processes for collective decision making, but the technology surrounding governance has remained more or less the same. This has caused increased distrust in processes that are integral to a society functioning properly. Whether the scenario is a smaller form of governance, such as a condo board, or larger scale, such as governing a nation state, there’s no question about it – governance matters.

Yet, governance tooling has seen little innovation over the past hundred years, and most organisations rely on slow, opaque processes to reach consensus. The rise of Web3 presented exciting, new opportunities to evolve governance with blockchain based voting solutions. These allowed users to vote on decisions and have the results logged on a publicly accessible ledger. This restores trust in the process by allowing participants to audit results and understand how an outcome was reached. 

It also dramatically improves the time it takes to reach consensus, by tallying results in real time. But many blockchain based governance solutions have problems of their own. The high transaction costs on popular blockchains present a fee for participating that deters most users from engaging. Additionally, the current user experience to engage with popular blockchains presents another barrier, with long serial-numbers as account names, the need to set up complex wallets, and more.

Decide by GoodBlock aims to take the benefits of blockchain-based governance and remove the barriers to entry by abstracting the fees away from the user and creating an easy to use user interface, among other benefits.

How an Open-Source Governance Engine Enabled Global Coordination

When GoodBlock CEO, Douglas Horn, wrote the whitepaper for Telos in 2018, there was a strong need for governance infrastructure which could allow the founding community to coordinate their efforts once the chain launched. Due to the global nature of the network, with contributors located around the world, the need for a neutral settlement layer for decision-making was obvious. It was with this in mind that GoodBlock designed Telos Decide, an open-source governance engine built on top of the Antelope tech stack.

Decide allowed community members to vote on funding proposals and governance changes in real-time, on a decentralised, fully verifiable blockchain. With near-feeless transactions, this tool greatly reduced the barrier to entry for on-chain governance, enabling community members of all economic backgrounds to take part and shape the future of network. The Decide engine solved a lot of the problems that surrounded other Web3 governance tools when it came to things like high transaction fees, long wait times for ballot finality and ease of use.

As it was released as an open-source piece of tooling, the Decide engine was also made accessible for other applications to leverage in new ways. The Telos community and other projects in the Antelope ecosystem continue to leverage the Decide engine as a means to reach consensus in a fair, decentralised manner.

Fostering Mass Adoption of Decentralised Governance with Decide Voter Mobile 

With successful adoption by the Telos community, the GoodBlock team set out on a new and ambitious goal for innovating governance tooling: mainstream adoption of decentralised governance. It’s one thing to get a Web3 native user base utilising blockchain based tooling, but it’s a much bigger challenge to create a Web3 product that can be easily adopted by a lay-user who isn’t used to navigating this type of tooling.

In order to achieve this, the GoodBlock team designed the Decide Voter Mobile App, available on iOS and Android. The Decide Voter Mobile App takes the same technical infrastructure designed for the initial Decide governance engine, but improves accessibility, by allowing users to interface with it through an easy-to-navigate mobile app.

The goal of the app is to meet users where they are at, offering a familiar feeling UI, without requiring them to go down the rabbit hole of learning how to navigate complex Web3 tooling. As the Decide Voter Mobile App continues to evolve, GoodBlock’s goal is to make decentralised governance easy enough that even your grandma could participate in it.

Check out the video walkthrough below to get an idea of just how easy it is to sign in and start taking part in on-chain governance.

Levelling-Up Governance Tooling with Decide Enterprise

While still in the early stages of development, the GoodBlock team is already thinking of the next evolution of the Decide Governance Engine, Decide Enterprise. Decide Enterprise is a more robust solution that will meet the needs of governments, corporations, co-ops and other institutions where more control over the process is needed.

The enterprise solution will allow more granularity over how a poll can be set up and more security for sensitive types of decision making. Decide Enterprise will also serve another purpose, as a for-profit iteration of the tooling. This will allow development to continue to evolve for the Decide Suite, while keeping the basic functionality open source and accessible to everyone as a free, public good

Striving for Fairer Governance Tooling, One Ballot at a Time

At GoodBlock, we’re committed to reshaping governance for a brighter future. Join us on our journey to foster inclusive decision-making and drive societal progress.

Visit DecideVoter.app to learn more, and download the apps on iOS and Android. Follow us on Twitter and social media to stay updated on future releases, and to be notified of future Building Block articles. Together, let’s build a world where everyone’s voice is heard.

Introducing Ayetu: A Robust Financial Layer for Users Across Africa

Introducing Ayetu: A Robust Financial Layer for Users Across Africa

As 2024 ramps up, we’re looking forward to everything that the year has in store for GoodBlock’s robust suite of Web3 products. With that in mind, we’re excited to unveil the branding and roadmap for the Africa-based blockchain project, Ayetu! In this update, we’ll be diving into what Ayetu is and the inspiration for the branding, as well as diving into what our community can expect to come out of the project in the coming months.

Ayetu: Making Financial Services Accessible to Everyone Across Africa

Ayetu, is a private blockchain, designed to serve as a settlement layer for financial transactions across the continent of Africa. It combines GoodBlock’s leading infrastructure with an enhanced version of the Antelope tech stack in a way that allows financial applications to be built in compliance with local regulations across Africa.

The goal of this is to create a fairer financial system for users across Africa. It was this goal that inspired the name Ayetu. Yetu means “our” in Swahili, with the A in the name standing for Africa. So, Ayetu essentially means “our Africa”, a fitting name to a project that aims to create more equitable financial tooling for communities in countries across the continent.

This branding kicks off a new era for the project. One that begins with a heavy focus in Nigeria, where much of the project’s core team is based. The team is also currently undergoing an executive search for a CEO that can help take Ayetu to the next level.

Unveiling the Ayetu Roadmap

The most exciting news this week has been the release of the Ayetu roadmap, presented by the core Ayetu team. The presentation covered six critical areas that will be focused on in the coming months:

  • Partnerships
  • Core Protocol Improvements
  • Web Interfaces
  • The Mobile Super App
  • The Ayetu Token Bridge
  • The No-Code App Development System
  • Exchange Launches

Check out the video below to learn more about the mission of Ayetu and for an in-depth look at the roadmap for the year ahead. It’s going to be an extremely exciting year for the entire Ayetu community!

Work is Ramping Up Quickly

The team is concentrating on what will be critical to complete in the first two quarters, with the efforts deepening throughout the second half of 2024. Progress is well underway, with the team working tirelessly over the past several weeks on a website, block explorer, and whitepaper.

There are already a number of partners beginning to integrate their projects with the Ayetu technology. Kanda Weather has been deployed and is recording atmospheric data on-chain. Additionally, GreenEarth Agro’s Ghanaian Regenerative Agriculture project is already recording agricultural and IoT data.

Partnerships have also been announced with LazyLabs, formerly known as Fortis, to develop the Mobile Super App, as well as Detroit Ledger Technologies, who will build out the Ayetu Block Explorer. 

GoodBlock is excited to be involved in Ayetu as an technical and infrastructure partner. The technical team at GoodBlock has been working steadily to build out our robust Privacy API and PII servers, as well as our easy-to-use interfaces.

An Exciting Year Ahead for Ayetu

With the new branding officially unveiled and a robust roadmap released to keep the project on track, it’s going to be an epic year for the Ayetu community. Together, with help from our key partners, there will be a lot more announcements released and milestones reached in the coming month.

Learn more about Ayetu by heading to Ayetu.net, connect with the community on Telegram and stay in the loop on upcoming announcements by following Ayetu on X. While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow GoodBlock on X for more updates on Ayetu and all of our other Web3 projects. We’re happy to have you along for another year of building innovative solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems.