Resolve .eth domains to decentralized data on Skynet with support from MetaMask and Cloudflare.

Starting with the already-released MetaMask 10.0.0, Skynet can be used to host webpages over ENS. When visiting these Skynet pages using MetaMask, the pages will automatically load. For an example of this, check out https://skynetlabs.eth/. If you don’t have MetaMask, Cloudflare has added Skynet support to their eth.link service, so you can visit the page at https://skynetlabs.eth.link/.

If you are eager to get this set up immediately, check out our documentation at https://docs.siasky.net/integrations/ens-ethereum-name-service. It’s as simple as adding a sia:// content record to your ENS name.

Why Skynet? Skynet is a high-reliability, high-performance, low-cost solution for decentralized storage. When you…


OnlyFans announced yesterday that they would be banning pornographic content from their platform. This move was predictable — they are following in the footsteps of Tumblr and Patreon, and many others: Build a platform that bootstraps using adult content, begin to migrate into non-adult content as a primary source of revenue, and then ban all adult content as a final transition into being a mainstream platform.

The pattern is most visible with adult content because the banning is overt, but the general pattern of bootstrapping on one set of features and then migrating your users to a completely different set…


We’re celebrating our first year using Handshake and can’t wait to push more boundaries.

Roughly one year ago, we added Handshake to the core set of APIs supported by Skynet. Handshake at the time satisfied two different critical gaps in Skynet’s infrastructure. The first — and at the time the most important — was the ability to support dynamic data. Our Handshake integration pre-dates SkyDB, and when it was launched it was the only way that we could offer dynamic applications to our users. Every update required a transaction on the Handshake blockchain, but this was far preferable to being unable to update pages and applications at all.

The second critical gap was human…


Skynet’s Roadmap Update: What’s Next and on the Horizon

The Sia team spent the first 6 years of its existence primarily working on internal infrastructure. With the advent of Skynet, that has started to change. The underlying technology is now strong enough to carry the aspirations of millions of users on its back, and as a team we get to transition our focus from strengthening the technological core of Sia to building developer infrastructure that allows others to leverage the technology we’ve built.

A Brief Summary of Progress

In February 2020, we launched Skynet, which at a fundamental level looked like a finished version of IPFS+Filecoin. Anyone could now use the Sia platform to…


Sia, Skynet, and MySky will be the foundation for a new decentralized CDN

We’ve been building decentralized technology for the past 7 years now. When we got going, our focus was on making standalone applications because integrating with the traditional web without sacrificing decentralization seemed like a tall challenge.

We’ve come a long way since then. We’re still figuring out the best way to decentralize the Internet, but browsers have come a long way in the past few years and we’ve discovered several surprising techniques that allow us to bring decentralization to users without requiring them to download new software. …


Caption: Does Facebook actually cost us money?

Facebook has become one of the biggest companies in the world on the backs of a series of products that it gives away entirely for free. Or at least, it likes to present the story that all of its products are free.

In truth, Facebook is exploiting a massive arbitrage in understanding between itself and consumers. Society largely has decided that Facebook makes money because “data is valuable”. And while that’s a correct statement, it’s also an incomplete statement, designed to turn something nefarious into something innocuous.

Data is valuable because it can be used to manipulate people. Facebook is…


MySky uses seeds to authenticate users instead of a username and password construction. Seeds and passwords are very similar — the main goal of both is that they are difficult for an attacker to guess, and to provide a foundation for a user’s identity.

In the case of a typical password, the amount of randomness inside the password is left up to the user. The user chooses the phrase that they want as a password, and then the user and server both hope that the user was smart enough to pick a secure password. …


We are excited today to be rolling out the content leaderboard for Skynet and MySky applications. The leaderboard is a decentralized scraping application which looks at the public data of users across Skynet and assembles their activity into a leaderboard which highlights the most popular content, the most popular users, and the most popular applications on Skynet.

When a user logs into the leaderboard, the leaderboard checks their UserID and scans their public activity logs to see what things they’ve published and which content they’ve interacted with. …


We’ve just kicked off our Spring 2021 hackathon, and the theme is user engagement. We want developers to create applications that will kick start social interactions between users on the dweb; we want to celebrate freedom from our corporate overlords by sharing that freedom with friends. I’ve pulled together a list of ideas that fit this theme and that I personally feel would bring significant value to the decentralized ecosystem.

The specific criteria for this hackathon requires that each application include some element of multi-user interaction. …


Skynet is best thought of as a single shared operating system for the Internet. All files and applications exist in the same global space, and MySky is a technology we are rolling out to make the most of this shared technology.

In the simplest sense, MySky is a decentralized identity protocol that gives users their own empire of data within Skynet. Everything that happens inside of that empire is under the control of the user, but it can also be visited by anyone else and shared around freely.

The true power of MySky lies in the way it facilitates sharing…

David Vorick

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