Connecting the Dots

Po.et is taking the next steps towards building the better web

Po.et is building the decentralized protocol suite for ownership, discovery and monetization of content.

Up until now, we’ve been primarily focused on the basic mechanics of creating the protocol and tools to make Proof of Existence accessible and scalable. Proof of Existence is a simple technique where we can create a transaction on a secure blockchain which contains an immutable reference to a piece of information and generate a verifiable timestamp in order to be able to later verify that information existed at a certain time.

For Po.et, we’ve decided that we want to use Proof of Existence to help us build a better web where the virtues of trust, verifiability, and accountability are core to the protocols we rely on. The protocol structures all of the information as “claims” which are cryptographically signed messages that contain metadata about a specific piece of data and adhere to a specific format and rules.

For the next iteration of Po.et, we need to take what we’ve done up until now and expand from the basic concepts to create more complex relationships. By the end of this milestone, we’re focusing on adding four new pieces of general functionality:

- Allow for all types of content, not just text
- Expand the vocabulary of metadata that we can use in the protocol
- Create additional ways to connect claims to each other
- Provide a way to create an incentivized content network using the POE token

The "Connecting the Dots" Milestone was announced on April 12th, 2019.

Phase one

Verify Your POE Wallet

STATUs:

Completed

Verify your POE wallet via a signed message in order to access limited initial releases of features on poetnetwork.net, including uploading new types of files and claims.

Support New File Types

STATUs:

Completed

Currently, Po.et only supports text-based content by default. After this milestone, there will be support for all file types, such as photos, videos, and PDFs. Functionality will be added to the Works Explorer and API on poetnetwork.net.

Expand Standard Schema Options

STATUs:

On-going

Expanded standard schema options will allow for more flexible claims to support a wider variety of use cases. Schema options will follow industry standards set by Schema.org and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

Additional Claim Types

STATUs:

In Progress

Support for claims about claims will enable new functionality that could be used for signaling “truth” and lay the groundwork for reputation. For instance, a user could see a claim about the author of a specific article, see that claim as a lie, and make a truthfulness claim about the author claim. Since the identity of both subjects and their history of transactions on the Po.et network are known, this information can be used to determine reputation.

Significant Works Explorer Updates

STATUs:

Upcoming

The Explorer will be updated to support new claim types and schema options, tipping, a drag and drop interface for files, and other UX/UI improvements focused on making Po.et simple to use.

Phase Two

Incentivized Content Networks

STATUs:

Upcoming

We are building our first version of an incentivized content network smart contract, powered by the POE token. Po.et will have both a basic layer for attribution plus a curation layer to give additional context and depth of information for content and metadata.

The Gutenberg Era

Release Frost Source Code

March 2019

Frost is our custodial key project and the key integration point for most users of the Po.et Network. All of the nodes and applications run by the Po.et team utilize Frost in order to provide a better solution for creating a better experience.

Public Security Review

March 2019

Security is an important priority for Po.et. After our internal security reviews are complete, we'll open up an official bug bounty program. Community members and security researchers who follow our responsible reporting guidelines will be eligible for bug bounty rewards.

User Onboarding and Support

February 2019

Feedback from early users and partners plays an essential role in the development of the Po.et Network. In this phase, we’ll work closely with users to identify issues and important feature requests to build a better Po.et for everyone.

Migration Tools

February 2019

Existing Po.et users will need help migrating their content from testnet to mainnet. We plan to support them by adding migration features to our existing products and integrations.

Mainnet Hashing Activated

November 2018

Po.et has thus far been hashing claims to the Bitcoin Testnet. We’ve built a variety of working integrations, including the Frost API for developers and plugins for the most popular content management systems including WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. The community has also contributed a mobile app that allows anybody to anchor text content to the Po.et Network. In the limited release phase, we’ll activate mainnet anchoring. Everyone who has been using our integrations and the Frost API will then have the option to protect their content using the most secure decentralized ledger in the world: The Bitcoin Mainnet blockchain.

Protocol Updates

November 2018

The initial release of the Po.et Protocol is focused on text content and a very basic set of claims. In the current phase, we’re ensuring the permanent integrity and immutability of those claims on the Po.et Network, pushing the cutting edge of verifiable claim technology. Next, we can start building out an expanded set of protocols based on the feedback we continue to receive from our alpha partners.

Workflow Automation

November 2018

The Po.et development team members are strong advocates for best practices like test-driven development, continuous integration and continuous deployment. Everything needed to work with Po.et will use industry-standard open-source software to be easily deployable and maintainable.

Internal Security Reviews

November 2018

Our in-house security team and staff developers will stress test the Po.et Network and initial applications. We recognize that each participant's reputation depends on the security of software we're producing and want to take every step possible to ensure that their content and claims are secure.

Claim Batching

September 2018

Claim batching is one of the most important parts to scaling Po.et and where the majority of effort for phase one is happening. Claim batching enables the Po.et Network to handle production-level scale without being limited by the underlying blockchain. Check out Eric's blog post for more information about how we've implemented claim batching: https://blog.po.et/scaling-blockchain-cc6db2f88a48.

The Rosetta Era

Official WordPress Plugin Released

April 2018

Po.et releases the WordPress plugin, allowing content creators to begin timestamping their work.

Frost API Released

December 2017

Po.et releases the official publisher API that enables developers to easily build on top of the Po.et platform.

POE Token Sale

August 2017

Po.et raises $10,000,000 in tokens during the token sale.

First Publishers Integrate Po.et

July 2017

CoinSpeaker, The Merkle and other publishers join Po.et as alpha publishing partners.

Po.et Testnet Goes Live

June 2017

Po.et launches a public testnet with initial alpha partner.

The Ptolemaic Era

Po.et Officially Revealed

May 2017

The alpha Po.et publisher tool is unveiled at the Maven Media Summit in Seattle, Washington.

Po.et Foundation Is Established

April 2017

The Po.et Foundation is established in Singapore.

Growing Engineering Team and Off-Site in Colombia

January 2017

Our growing engineering team spends a month together in Colombia to kick off the alpha release development cycle.

Po.et Raises Seed Funding

December 2016

The Po.et team travels to Shanghai to meet with investors and raise seed capital to pave the way for "The Future of Media."

Joining BTC Labs

November 2016

Po.et joins BTC Labs, an incubator for blockchain technology projects run by BTC Inc.

Original Idea for Po.et

October 2016

The concept behind building the better web through decentralized ownership, discovery and monetization of content is born.

Proof of Existence 1.0

May 2013

Manuel Araoz creates one of the first nonfinancial blockchain applications: a website where users can upload a document and hash it into the Bitcoin blockchain.

Bitcoin White Paper

October 2008

Satoshi releases Bitcoin and, amidst the flurry of excitement, many see the platform as having potential beyond financial applications. The first message is inscribed into the "genesis block."

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