Staking and Developing on the Oasis network

So you want to compute with private data? Good luck. Between a mess of cloud providers, hard-to-use cryptographic APIs and complex threat modeling processes, you can land yourself in a serious pickle. In fact, unless you consult with an expert, you probably will.

Computing with secure data shouldn't have to be for experts. We need a simple, usable way for developers to build applications with confidential state.

I learned about Oasis—then Ekiden—in 2018. As I learned more about the project through conversations with Dawn Song and her student, Nick Hynes, I became increasingly confident that this network would provide a better future. A more usable way to encrypt data at rest and in transit.

I don't follow blockchain trends. In fact, I'm a blockchain skeptic. But this was a case where the tool seemed to fit the problem.

In 2019, Oasis gave me a small grant to build a distributed Dead Man's Switch, effectively a decentralized key escrow. The experience was great. Writing contracts in Rust is painless, and things that are hard on other chains (like getting an authoritative time) are easy on the Oasis platform.

Flash forward to today: my colleague Jake Hartnell and I are running Daylight Network (http://daylightnetwork.org/), a validator focused on security. We're looking forward to participating in a mainnet launch and bringing this platform to a wider array of developers and, ultimately, end users.

If you're interested in building on Oasis, feel free to get in touch with me. I'm happy to talk you through it.

Date: 2020-11-12 Thu 00:00

Author: ffff

Created: 2020-11-12 Thu 14:00

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