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The Decentralization Matrix

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It’s become more apparent to me that there is no clear definition of decentralization and there are so many factors that there is no way to easily classify something as decentralized.

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I’ve decided to create a matrix that will serve as a reference to accurately determine if something is decentralized and to what degree on a spectrum. This is particularly being made with blockchain social platforms in mind, but I’m sure most elements could be applied to other projects.

 

·         Can anyone monetize?

·         Is there a KYC process?

·         Are the tokenomics of the system sustainable?

·         Do they have a terms and conditions?

o   Do they have something like a “we always still retain the right to ban you” clause?

·         Do they sell premium features

o   Are they payable without KYC?

·         Are there “back-doors” or super administrative users that could log into or manipulate a user’s account in some way?

·         What is the initial token distribution/was there a pre-mine or ninja-mine?

·         What is the ratio of tokens staked vs liquid tokens? How many people are staking?

·         Number of core developers?

·         Can you self-host content and or utilize peer to peer technology?

·         Number of decentralized application (dapp) developers?

·         Can anyone post content and participate? (Is it invite-only)

·         Can anyone develop third party applications/tools/services for the platform?

·         How challenging/easy is it to fork or clone?

·         How is privacy handled?

·         Is it open source?

·         How concentrated is the wealth of the ecosystem?

·         Is their cryptocurrency an actual cryptocurrency?

·         Does it support and uphold free speech?

·         How are moderation and censorship cases handled?

o   Do they go after copyrighted material?

·         Is the governance decentralized?

o   Is it a DAO?

o   Is there a company and or CEO behind the project?

o   Is voting transparent while also protecting privacy?

o   Is there anything protecting the governance model from an attack?

·         Does the project actually use and integrate with a blockchain?

o   How many nodes are there?

o   How distributed are the nodes?

o   What’s the barrier of entry to start a node?

o   Are they incentivized fairly without over concentrating wealth to the top nodes?

·         Does it use Amazon Web Services, Google, Cloudflare, or another service that could create a single point of failure?

·         How many of these factors are trustless versus policies/promises?

 

Some further questions can be considered to further determine if that platform is also a decent one.

·         Is it free to use?

·         Does it have working media functionality?

·         Are the load times reasonable?

·         Is it easy to sign up?

·         Is there a decent sized community?

·         Are there language filters?

·         Do you have to download something to use it?

·         Does it have a mobile application?

 

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516 article waah keep it up

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1 week ago

Wow! good questions!!! I love learning these things! Keep it up!

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3 weeks ago

What! That's a very complete set of questions. It would be interesting to see the video. I guess we ain't have a truly decentralized platform yet. The blockchains mix decentralized with centralized things to function well. I think the generalization shouldn't be the objective, effectiveness is a better one. I'll see the video. Thanks for share

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4 weeks ago

Nice topic

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1 month ago

👍👍

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1 month ago

Great explanation, thank you. Nice topic

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1 month ago

Nice questions. This is actually the first article I have read this year because I just logged into read.cash. By the way, I even think I have been spammed😂😂. I will go through this question with keen interest.

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2 months ago

I am following you on YouTube Sir, and I have learnt so much from your videos :)

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2 months ago

Great article that educates and inspires people👍

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2 months ago

Excellent questions. When I get home I'm going to put this into my PC bookmarks and make sure I take a long hard look at where I'm at.

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