Factomize Core Dev Update 1

Five months ago, when I was rehired by David Chapman, I’ve never done any work with blockchains or Golang. I was familiar with the basics of the technology, but nothing intricate. It feels like years ago already. The goal from the start was to eventually end up doing core development but the path to get there was very steep.

At first, it was just reading the Factom white paper and learning Golang while working full time on the Factomize forum, then figuring out how to set up a developer sandbox for my own testing. Some of the solutions for the forum required me to become familiar with interacting with the blockchain via factomd, and so I became familiar with how … Read the rest

Factom Asset Token (FAT) Protocol Interview

I sat down with Julian Fletcher-Taylor, the CEO of DBGrow Inc, the company that created the Factom Asset Token (FAT) Protocol for a Q and A. They, in conjunction with the Factom Protocol Authority Node Operators Luciap and Canonical Ledgers are building the protocol which is currently in early beta testing.

What is FAT?

The Factom Asset Token (FAT) Protocol is an open source tokenization protocol built on the Factom blockchain that is efficient, modular, composable, and extensible allowing developers to utilize broad functionality to meet their specific use case. FAT is built around a set of open source standards that establish a pure-data tokenization implementation directly within the efficient entry chain structure of the Factom Blockchain.

FAT tokens are … Read the rest

The First Factom Protocol Grants of 2019 Have Been Awarded

The final scores are in, and the first grants of 2019 have been awarded by the Standing Parties of the Factom Protocol. More than $750,000 worth of FCT at current prices will be disbursed. The grant recipients in order of score are:

  1. Factom Inc Protocol Development Continuation – Covers a couple month gap where Factom Inc did not receive compensation for the Core development work they were performing.
  2. Factomize Core Development – Factomize LLC’s lead developer will work on Core full time.
  3. Factom Inc Protocol Development – Factom Inc’s Core development efforts will be funded for an additional three months.
  4. FAT Protocol Development – Development of the Factom Asset Token (FAT) Protocol was funded for an additional three months. Learn
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Factomize October 2018 Update

October was an extremely busy month for Factomize and we’re proud of the work we’ve done.

Development Work

Factomize has been hard and work designing and developing a series of software modifications that will improve the transparency and efficiency of Factom Governance. These include:

Polling Improvements – This modification allowed for Guide and ANO only votes and created a means for inputting a specific number in a poll which will be used in the current grant round to rank votes.

Timed Permission System – The Timed Permission system is a moderated discussion system for “Minor” and “Major” discussions. We found we needed to standardize discussion and vote lengths and this system does that while also implementing Robert’s Rules … Read the rest

Factomize September Update

As we wrote our August update approximately one month ago, we found ourselves frustrated. We were frustrated because, as an infrastructure ANO, we didn’t feel like we were contributing in an optimal manner as we have specialized skills that can help further the Factom protocol. As a result, on September 2nd, we wrote this thread where we shopped around the idea of becoming a development ANO. The reception was warm enough that we decided to proceed and on September 10th we posted our project development thread and began work. We anticipate most of our early projects will focus on improving the efficiency and transparency of Factom governance via the Factomize forum. The first project we delivered was our “Custom … Read the rest

How to Apply to become a Factom Authority Node Operator

Factom is a general purpose data protocol and tokenization platform that extends blockchain’s immutability and security to any form of data. To decentralize the protocol, there will eventually be 65 Authority Node Servers run by 65 Authority Node Operator (ANO) companies. To incentivize the companies to decentralize the protocol and enable them to pay their bills and profit, the protocol rewards them with 1,123 FCT per month, per server, minus efficiency*. With the increasing popularity of the protocol and thus the potential for appreciation in value of the Factoid (FCT – the native token of the protocol), becoming an ANO is becoming increasingly popular and competitive.

Anyone can apply to become an ANO, the hard part is getting elected as … Read the rest

Factom Has First 1 Million Transaction Customer Live on Mainnet With More To Come

World Blockchain Forum, London, September 3rd, 2018

Sphereon is happy to announce bringing its first 1 million transactions customer live into production on the Factom mainnet.

As of today, we have our first customer live in production on the Factom mainnet. The customer is expected to register an estimated volume of 1 million transactions per year, as a result of anchoring and signing its incoming documents for Proof of Authenticity and Proof of Existence.

Our Blockchain-as-a-Service solution creates digital fingerprints(hash) of documents and stores them in a blockchain. Once committed any change in the original document would create a new hash and not match the one stored in the blockchain.

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Factomize August Update

August saw Factomize reclaim its status as an infrastructure ANO after raising its efficiency back up to 60% and declaring its development of the Factomize Forum Addon complete. We believe the addon is currently the largest user of EC for the Protocol which makes us 20% proud and 80% depressed.

The reality is, at this juncture, being an infrastructure ANO is pretty damn boring. As we start to get callouses on our twiddling thumbs, we find ourselves frustrated as we understand we need plenty of FCT in the grant pool for important dev work while at the same time, we have identified processes that Factomize developers could automate for greater efficiency and transparency. In addition, we have a lot of … Read the rest

Factomize July 2018 Update

When Factomize campaigned to become a Factom Authority Node, we stated the following in the development section of our campaign document:

As part of this initiative, we will be building tools that allow content submitted to blogs and forums to be easily, “Factomized” to prove ownership and that it hasn’t been modified.

Factomize and Canonical Ledgers are pleased to announce that we have successfully built and deployed an add-on that automatically submits content posted to the Factomize forum.  Here is a copy of the “press release” that was posted on FactomBeat:

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Monday 30 July 2018, Canonical Ledgers and Factomize announced a progressed partnership to develop a Factomize Forum Content Addon for xenForo forum software. The add-on secures, and … Read the rest

Factomize June 2018 Update

Factomize is excited to announce that in partnership with ANO Canonical Ledgers, we have developed a new project that showcases the functionality of the Factom Protocol. This add-on will automatically “Factomize” any threads or posts created on the community forum. Each thread will have its own chain on Factom, and posts within that thread will be entries in the chain. This application will use Entry Credits to add hashes of this data to the immutable ledger and demonstrates a promising use-case for this technology. With this project, Factomize is able to illustrate the potential for blockchain to be integrated into platforms such as Xenforo forum, WordPress blogging, or Drupal content management software to validate Read the rest