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Guer - Empowering Data Custody for Web3 through Security and Access


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{"ops":[{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Note: We are currently participating in Gitcoin/Protocol Labs' APOLLO Fellowship. For more information, check out our updates at "},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"link":"https://guer.substack.com/"},"insert":"guer.substack.com"},{"insert":"\n\nWith Web3, we have an opportunity to redefine who maintains the custody of data, without compromising functionality, convenience, or accessibility. \n\nRather than "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"require custody of data"},{"insert":", applications can "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"provide services to data. "},{"insert":"\n\nFor end-users, this translates into greater control over how, when, and by who their data is accessed and utilized. \n\nFor organizations, less resources are claimed by storing and securing end-user data, allowing focus on core services and applications.\n\nBlockchain, decentralized storage, and other decentralized services such as resolving and hosting are the building blocks for remodeling online data custody. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"Guer is building the transport-layer protocols and functionality to bridge these decentralized services to help realize this vision for Web3. "},{"insert":"\n\nSpecifically,\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Web3-Native Transport Layer Security and Encryption"},{"insert":"\nA decentralized web deserves decentralized security. Rather than rely on IP addresses, Certificate Authorities, or DNS Resolvers for TLS, Guer has built a Web3 handshake scheme for trustless key generation and distribution. \n\nThis handshake enables any two parties with Ethereum Addresses the ability to securely communicate, without any dependency on third parties. By using networked Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs), we introduce hypervisor-safe, bare-metal security for all devices. \n\nWe have also modeled, and are testing a decentralized proxy re-encryption service using the same tech stack, which would allow Web3 to shift security away from client-side encryption without losing functionality. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Smart Contract-based Access Management"},{"insert":"\nUsing smart contracts, content uploaded to decentralized storage networks is assigned a unique token which manages access to that data, effectively \"owning\" that data. This token is responsible for verifying party identities, their relationship with that data, and facilitating the security handshake when approved. \n\nThis is intended as a global, agnostic, programmable access management system which will allow end-users more control over their digital footprint.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Integrations and Implementations"},{"insert":"\nBoth the security and access services are designed to network and language agnostic, and as such are compatible with IPFS/Filecoin, Arweave, Swarm, Sia, Storj, and Archon. By integrating access management and security at the infrastructure, the protocol encourages interoperability and composability.\n\n_____________________________________\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"The Project, Status and Updates"},{"insert":"\nWe currently have working proofs of concept on Ropsten for all the services, and are working to get them ready for testing, review, and production. We aim to have a live demo using ready by the end of the APOLLO fellowship using an open-source Web 2.0 application as an example. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"We're looking for resources to:"},{"insert":"\n\nConduct code reviews and audits, especially for the encryption library"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Cover some of the development costs & tooling"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Get us one step closer to building full time! "},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"A note on our building philosophy"},{"insert":"\nWe try to build as much as we can Ethereum-native, or as close to Ethereum as possible. It is unlikely that special-purpose blockchain networks will reach the token economics or network/node volume required to succeed as a resilient, decentralized, sustainable networks. As such, all fees are in ETH, and all public functions are EVM-compatible. \n\nWe believe in open-source, public good services, and believe this type of security falls into that category. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Thanks for taking the time to read! We acknowledge there is a lot here...and would love to discuss further if you have questions. Feel free to DM us on Gitcoin's chat or shoot us an email, james@guer.co."},{"insert":"\n"}]}

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