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Social Contracts


A brief introduction to modelling relationships with Ethereum




Outline


  • Attitude
  • Trade-offs
  • Challenges
  • Examples

Attitude


"In the future, communities are built and destroyed, come into and out of existence whenever necessary. Real linkages are built between minds, only approximated by varied social media technologies."      - Unknown


Attitude


Goal: Build trusted linkages while minimizing fees

Trusted linkages (relationships) are built when outside entities use contract positions to reference outside data, trusted computed data or other contract data

Attitude

  • Identify necessary data/state to be shared
    • What needs to be verifiable?
    • Who owns it?
    • Who needs to know it?
    • How it is linked?
  • ... and structure the contract(s) accordingly
    • verifiable content, contract-stored data/logic
    • permissions
      • write-protected data - ethereum address, address list, or other contract data
      • read-protected data - off-chain relationship, encrypted data, obfuscated code

Trade-Offs


  • Contract reuse
  • Multiple contracts for an application

TRADE-Offs:

Contract reuse

  • Benefits
    • Less money for updating apps - updated once, updated everywhere
    • More value in  the ethereum network -
  • Limitations
    • Less anonymity - multiple relationships gathered from a single contract

Trade-Offs:

Multiple contracts for an application

  • Benefits
    • Personalizable/extensible app - swappable logic
    • Opportunity for contract reuse - more valuable infrastructure
  • Limitations
    • Forkable - no captive audience when information is decentralized -- bad for business -- good for information-seekers

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