In each Community Matters, we will be featuring one of the contributors, supporters, movers, catalyzers, and influencers who are changing the ecosystem in amazing ways.
We are excited to highlight some of the exceptional, talented, community contributors who are helping us build a more distributed web. In this edition, we are spotlighting Taylor.
About Taylor (@mightyalex200)
My name is Taylor and I’m a Holochain developer. I’m currently working on a hApp called Comet. My interest in decentralized systems began at a young age; I just looked at the server-client architecture as inefficient and flawed. I was first introduced to cryptocurrency technology with Ethereum when it was new and promised a “global computer.” I was naturally drawn to it, but eventually realized that it was not going to fulfill its promises because it was too slow and expensive. That’s when I found Hashgraph and began thinking that it would solve all of the problems of Ethereum because it was faster and required no mining or work. I eventually found Holochain, which broke all of my previous assumptions about decentralized technology. It allowed fast and secure decentralized networks with no bottlenecks by asserting that consensus was not needed for decentralized networks — and the best part was that it had nothing to do with cryptocurrency, despite being in the same space as projects like Ethereum and Hashgraph. I think Holochain is the future of decentralized technology and I’m very glad to be a part of it.
Why did you choose to get involved in the community work of Holochain as opposed to other projects?
Holochain’s community is very different from most other cryptocurrency projects. Usually, there are a ton of people saying stuff like “when moon,” and discussions are about prices or getting listed on trading sites. I don’t care about any of that stuff; I just want to be a part of making and using a great technology that’s focused on helping people. While the Holochain community certainly has some people like that, they’re a distinct group from the developers and other members who actually care about the technology and want to see it succeed for more than just the sake of their bank account.
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Ferananda Ibarra, Culture Consultant at Holo and Co-Director of the Commons Engine is a visionary, social innovator, and regenerative entrepreneur. Her background in collective intelligence, integral theories, and deep wealth design inform her creativity and facilitation of systems and organizations that can address our global challenges.
One of my superpowers is harmony. I like to bring things into harmony. I mention that now, because a lot of where my focus has been, has been on the interiority of systems.
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The HoloPort is labeled as “plug and play.” What degree of responsibility, if any, does a HoloPort host have over “network security?” That is to say, what specific cares and concerns might HoloPort operators have regarding the maintenance of their Holochain (security)? Should operators presume at least some sort of cursory knowledge regarding web-hosting in general?”
Our hope is to make this as automated as possible. It starts with nixOs as the operating system for the HoloPorts — deterministic, hashed, automatically upgrades to prevent unwanted code execution on the device itself, and keeps itself up to date as far as security patches are concerned.
The management cryptographic keys on the device will be a prime responsibility of the operator.
Regarding DDoS, we will be implementing mitigation strategies on individual nodes as a matter of course, but realistically, what does a distributed attack look like in terms of a distributed hosting platform? How many nodes do the attackers control relative to the number of hosts in your network? The distributed nature of Holochain itself is resilient to DDoS attacks.
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