It’s actually elegantly simple. The most powerful aspect of blockchain is an immutable record or ledger. So with that, one of the most valid use cases is tokenizing assets, so what does that mean.. quite simply anything in the real world you can think of that could be represented by a legally binding contract (historically mediated by a third party) can now be issued/tracked and transferred on the blockchain.

Some examples are:

The biggest use case is…

Securities- a tremendous amount of interest is moving towards companies issuing stock as Security Tokens, this is a 60trillion dollar industry. The stock is no different than it currently is on paper other than how it is issued and who has custody of it. Currently all stocks are held by a third party clearing house and it costs companies up to $200,000 to be listed on an exchange like NYSE. Issuing stock via STO (Security Token Offerings) has major benefits in terms of efficiency and cost. …

Alexandria and a handful of Open Index Protocol platform partners were invited to present at the second Decentralized Web Summit.

Devon talks about the internet’s need for a “Public Space”
Dr. Davi Ortega presents how Caltech’s Jensen Lab is using OIP to distribute scientific research
Chris Chrysostum, a software engineer at Overstock’s subsidiary Medici Land Governance describes how they are using OIP to put a land rights registry into the blockchain
Amy discusses Open Index Protocol’s revolutionary new “Salutary” approach to internet business models

Originally published on June 1, 2016.

How does a censorship-proof media distribution protocol handle pirated content and child pornography?

Once people begin to grok what becomes possible when the proper pieces are assembled to create a decentralized media library, first they usually get very excited about the possibilities, and then they ask the above question. Rest assured, we have a plan.

Each node scans the blockchain for OIP messages and assembles a local database to search and browse against. If a file called `blacklist.txt` is present, it will be used to remove artifacts from the local database. The file is simply a list of tx-id’s of Artifacts to be removed. Initially, our team will manually monitor for artifacts that would be … well, strongly NSFW… and add them to our blacklist.txt file. All users who are surfing our web front end will see a library that has been filtered from this list. …

Originally published on May 10, 2016. Updated with latest data Feb 14, 2019.

Mining Bitcoin, or any other PoW- blockchain based cryptocurrency requires sending proof of expending actual resources to the network and earning a share of daily rewards generally proportional to the work contributed. Since the Bitcoin network is worldwide, if the same piece of hardware was run in two places on Earth, they would have market determined and possible unbalanced profitability, but in every place around the world where it stays at least profitable to be sustainable, it will be a competing market for energy, and all of it’s users will be working to keep their costs down. Every single node contributing to the Bitcoin blockchains hash rate is individually incentivized to do so as efficiently as they can, as they have two costs to consider, the sunk cost of the mining hardware itself, and the ongoing cost of the hardware’s power draw, and the maintenance and upkeep of that hardware. If they are counting on short term returns, miners are forced to sell the proceeds from their efforts pretty immediately, but the current cost to mine Bitcoin is such that many users have found it difficult to offer their mined BTC at rates high enough to maintain a margin while staying competitive with the rest of the market. …

Originally published to Github on August 13, 2015.

Nearly 100 years ago, Charlie Chaplin and a number of other independent artists decided to harness their combined star power and form a new distribution company so that they could better control their own futures. They understood that as long as others controlled the distribution of their motion pictures, they would not be truly free as artists.

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“The inmates are taking over the asylum,” Richard Rowland, head of Metro Pictures, upon hearing about the plan to form United Artists in 1919

Today, as technology has driven down the cost of making powerful works of art, from music to feature films, to be within reach of more people than ever before, we are reminded of the importance of controlling one’s own distribution. iTunes and YouTube allow more artists to share their work with the world than one could have possibly dreamed just a generation ago, but do their artists have any control over their own content? …

…to let artists do business directly with their audiences

Originally published on GitHub on June 27, 2015.

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Recently a spat played out on social media between Taylor Swift and Apple over its policy not to pay royalties to its artists during Apple Music’s initial few months — Taylor, representing independent musicians everywhere, wrote:

Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be 
shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

But she wasn’t calling for an artist boycott of the service, she was simply pushing for Apple to reconsider its position:

it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be 
deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide
you with our music for no compensation. …

Originally published on June 1, 2016.

In February of 2014, Alexandria was born, initially described as two separate ideas for decentralized DApps posted on the Ethereum forum — at the time they were called ArchiveChain & MovieCoin — the name Alexandria was adopted about a week later and a few months later we realized that both DApps would be best served by combining them.

Devon presents the ArchiveChain idea to San Diego’s first Ethereum Meetup

MovieCoin is a blockchain to allow worldwide secure distribution of visual media (features, TV shows, shorts, etc) and a payment system to connect content-creators with their audience. …


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