Violet Node Application 11643557826, submitted on 05-28-2020

Respondent ID 11643557826
Application Date 05/28/2020 5:54:27 AM
Applicant City Zagreb
Applicant State/Province Croatia
Applicant Country Croatia
What is your occupation? Full-Time Node Operator
How many years experience in your field? 1-3
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)
Did you purchase xx coins in the xx coin sale? No
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Zagreb
Node Province Zagreb
Node Country Croatia
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc)
What kind of improvements would you like to see in xx network nodes vs. previous nodes you have supported? Seamless signing key swap, multiple proxy setup.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an xx network node? None.
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? 100
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. N/A
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator?` 100
Connection speed 3000Mbps
In what type of environment would this server be located? Datacenter
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? Vast range from shared cloud instances to bare metal dedicated servers.
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published xx network BetaNet Node specifications (found here)?
Specs At minimum ryzen 3600x or Xeon E-2288G, 32GB RAM and 2070, or 1080ti/ still evaluating options
Why do you want to be a node? Incentives are purely professional. I am operating nodes on promising networks and would very much like to add xx network to my portfolio.
How did you originally hear about the xx network? Word of Mouth
Which current xx network communities are you a member of? Telegram, Discord
Are you an active member of those communities? Yes
What specifically, interests you about the xx network platform? Mostly interested about seeing RS Voting protocol come to life. It is very much different from any other governance protocol I've seen. Can't say cMix protocol or xxBFT are any less interesting but its the governance in my opinion that will drive incentivize engagement since a "normal" user is usually not that much interested or versed in underlining technicalities like consensus or mixing protocols.
Outside of xx network communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I've been running nodes and being an active member of following communities that have their chains on mainnet: Solana, Celo, Nyzo. There are many other testnet blokchains in which I'm currently operating my nodes / engaging in the community - like CODA, Avalanche, and others already mentioned above.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? So far only as an online spectator once in a Ready Layer One.
Do you have past experience managing communities or creating content to be distributed across social media? Please enter details for all with which you are comfortable or have experience:
As part of growing the xx network community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an xx network BetaNet node? Examples would be node setup & on-boarding review vlog post, bi-weekly twitter update, medium review of on-going node operational process, etc. Written articles yes, one or two I'm estimating, depending on demand and quality of my potential input.
Would you be interested in helping to lead the development of the next xx network community? Yes
Why do you want to run a node in the xx network? To earn xx coins, To help build David Chaum's vision of a decentralized world, To contribute to a promising project, To undo the centralization of the internet by big tech companies, To reverse the political centralization of legal, police, and military organizations which favor the wealthy and powerful
Other Reasons
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? The absence of centralized control is the difference between decentralized and non-decentralized distributed networks. Personally I don't think that any service/solution/protocol that markets itself as crypto-blockchain but is in fact still holding centralized power or it gives it to the few is any much different than current centralized tech giants. They're just using distributed system technology advances (via blockchain) while maintaining or narrowly distributing control. While I think POW is fundamentally *more* potentially decentralized than POS "by nature" I personally welcome any new consensus protocol that tries to stem away from the two established (and flawed) sides and tries to prevent pooling and seat holding funded by (more) money.
As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the xx network platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. - unique flavor of BFT consensus protocol - random sample voting governance protocol - mixing protocol to introduce privacy based on a BFT blockchain
Privacy by Default is a goal of the xx network Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? If its not by-default you can still be very much discriminated by any authority for opting for privacy.
In your opinion, what threat, if any, do quantum computers pose toward decentralized systems? What about centralized systems? Coming from my limited knowledge about cryptographic algorithms I would say the threat is similarly catastrophic but probably greater in decentralized systems. Its not the (de)centralized system that breaks, its the key pairing algorithm which is applied similarly on either system. But, a bank could centrally halt all operations in an event of and algorithm break while on the blockchain where your identity is purely cryptographically backed - no truth would be trusted anymore. I think the progress in protection should be made ahead while the threat is still perceived as low.

Strong applicant.