December 4, 2023

What’s Nostr, the fledgling software program venture to which Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey gave 14 bitcoin (value roughly $245,000 on the time) in December following Elon Musk’s controversial Twitter acquisition?

One consequence of Musk’s takeover has been to speed up the expansion of different, extra decentralized networks. Many journalists and Twitter customers crucial of Musk flocked to Mastodon, which Cause‘s C.J. Ciaramella described as “a set of ‘federated’ unbiased servers, every centered round a subject…. It is like a mixture of Reddit and Twitter, however much less centralized.”

However Nostr—quick for Notes and Different Stuff Transmitted by Relays—decentralizes on a good deeper stage: It is not a social media community however an open-source protocol.

“If a platform is a silo, a protocol is a river,” tweeted Nationwide Safety Company whistleblower Edward Snowden earlier this month, “nobody owns it, and everyone seems to be free to swim.”

As soon as a consumer establishes a Nostr identification utilizing a pair of keys (one public, one non-public), she or he can transmit textual content posts (i.e., “notes”) or different info reminiscent of cryptocurrency funds (i.e., “different stuff”) throughout any networked pc (i.e., “relay”) prepared to host that content material. As a result of the customers maintain their very own keys, they’ll use any web site or app that runs the Nostr protocol to submit and talk with their mates and followers. No single third occasion has the facility to delete customers’ posts or profiles from the Nostr ecosystem.

This Thursday at 1 p.m. Japanese, be part of Cause‘s Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller for a stay dialogue of Nostr and the way forward for decentralized digital communication with bitcoin entrepreneur and host of the Bitcoin Evaluate podcast NVK and Will Casarin, creator of Damus, the primary Nostr-based social media shopper to be accredited by the Apple app retailer. Watch and depart questions and feedback on the YouTube video above or on Cause‘s Fb web page.

Present notes:

Whole Nostr each day customers and posts—

Coin Desk: “Jack Dorsey Provides Decentralized Social Community Nostr 14 BTC in Funding”

Fb Lively Day by day Customers This autumn 2022—

China bans Damus app—

The Decentralized Internet Is Coming