Safe Pods

Onwards and Upwards

It has been an extremely busy period at MaidSafe and we’re glad to report the long hours and commitment are paying off.  As we announced on our forum, the start of the roll out of the SAFE (Secure Access for Everyone) network has now begun. The first of 3 external networks, test network 1, is now up and running and consists of 200 nodes spread across the globe, located in Singapore, San Francisco, Amsterdam and New York.

This test network is significant as it’s the world’s first operating, autonomous and server less network that enables self authentication. Self authentication is a crucial component enabling, for the first time, users of this network to be in control of their own data, allowing login to the network without the knowledge or involvement of third parties, providing completely private and unilateral access to personal data.

The second of three planned test networks (prior to beta launch in Q4, 2014) will follow shortly, where we will add messaging functionality and public sharing. During test network 2, developers will also start to run applications on top of the network. Alt-coin wallets, unlimited file storage and sharing applications, a decentralised music store, secure messaging applications and a decentralised currency exchange are all currently under development. Test network 3 will see the implementation of test safecoin, the SAFE network’s digital currency. This creates, for the first time, a viable financial model for a P2P network, providing rewards for network contributions.

To allow MaidSafe to continue to maintain and increase this momentum, we are also currently expanding our core internal engineering staff. To bolster this effort, MaidSafe continue to aid and support the roll out of international development pods, a group of motivated and technically skilled individuals who wish to contribute to the underlying SAFE network code, as well as build applications on top of the network. Each pod will be rewarded for their contributions in safecoin, enabling the pods to become self sustaining. At present, pods are active in both San Francisco and Montreal with another starting in Washington DC during the autumn.

SAFE Pods and Decentralizing Project SAFE Development

Community ownership is a concept that has existed since the beginning of human interaction through shared goods and responsibility. In recent history, this concept has taken shape in many forms including collaborative and cooperative based organizations, neighborhood initiatives and business models. When a group of individuals are working together towards a common objective, giving those individuals the freedom to contribute their skills and experience without barrier proves valuable in several ways.

In many cases today, common services are actually controlled by a central group of individuals under the guise of community ownership. However, at MaidSafe it is a priority to distribute control and ownership of Project SAFE. Businesses like ours creating open source products have the greatest potential to realize the power of individuals by offering them an equal opportunity to contribute with proportional compensation.

Project SAFE is a global effort to grow a new Internet by those who value privacy, security and freedom. MaidSafe is committed to help catalyze collaboration and cooperation by setting up builder pods in various places around the world. These “SAFE Pods” will focus on distributing core development and bring together creators of applications which will run on top of the SAFE network. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we are setting up the first hub by bringing together local developers through regularly occurring in-person hacking and study sessions so that together we will learn about the core protocol and over time partake in its maintenance. If enough locations take time to do the same, we can decentralize core development while at the same time enabling infrastructure for support and growth of SAFE apps.

In combination with the safecoin builder incentives, these SAFE Pods bring opportunity for freedom-minded developers around the world to make a living working on open source development. There is potential for Project SAFE to not only disrupt the server-based Internet but also the business of building open source applications. Project SAFE will serve as an example for rewarding developers for building free (as in both beer and freedom) software without resorting to distractions like ads for revenue. Automated payments for app builders and improvements to the core brings incentive while in-person collaboration brings dynamic discussion around new ideas, faster iteration of those ideas and better understanding of priorities.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, please join us. A new Internet is here so lets collaborate on making it the best it can be!