EOS NodeOne World Interview Series — Part 2 — EOSAuthority

EOS NodeOne intends to introduce the awesome work being done by various BPs across the world in its World Interview Series to the EOS community. We are pleased to welcome a top 21 BP, EOSAuthority from London, UK, as the second interview in our series!

NodeOne: Thank you. We are honored to learn more about your organization and introduce your BP to the Korean and world communities. Can you please tell us a little about EOSAuthority to introduce yourselves to the Korean community (your history in blockchain world, how you got started, goals, projects, core values, principles, organization etc.)?

EOSAuthority: One of the founders Roshan Abraham saw the EOS white paper and couldn’t stop talking to the rest of the team about EOS and its potential to revolutionise blockchain and the world. Then around January it became clear that most of the people struggled with EOS registration, the whole exercise of transferring ERC-20 tokens from Ethereum to the new EOS chain. We launched a powerful tool which scanned the Ethereum network to help people complete their registration. Surprisingly our website was the only option for the EOS token holders to find their account name, check registration and get ready for the launch. We had thousands of people from Korea, China, Europe and around the world take a look at our website prior to launch and immediately after launch. We’ve had amazing feedback and this kept us going till launch and beyond.

NodeOne: What are the latest community initiatives or plans that EOSAuthority wants to share?

EOSAuthority: EOS is so new and there is a lot to do. Teams around the world have been contributing to several open source projects. Our initiatives at the moment focus on projects that we can deliver in 3 or 6 weeks of development time. Some of the projects require consensus building among block producers and might take longer to actually deliver. A project that we are particularly proud of is the Unregistered token holder system that we rolled out last month (October). With this project we are able to onboard 20,000 token holders that previously had their EOS tokens locked out. We are now working on other projects like the first referendum system on EOS and an exciting project that we feel the community will be proud of (launch in November).

NodeOne: Thank you for sharing that — EOS NodeOne is glad to be collaborating with EOSAuthority on the unregistered EOS holders migration project and we know the impact it is creating in the community so thank you for that! Now moving on to more technology initiatives — can you tell us about some of the technical projects and products (DApps) that EOSAuthority has created or is planning to release soon?

EOSAuthority: One area that we spent a lot of time on was the analysis of voting on EOS. It is a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) system and one of the first to work at this scale. There were many nay-sayers and it looks like the worst predictions did not turn out to be real. We built several tools on https://eosauthority.com/voting to track voting patterns. We are pleased to announce that EOS Authority has partnered with members of the blockchain research group at King’s College London to submit a project proposal to conduct an independent analysis into the voting system that EOS’ Delegated Proof of Stake consensus protocol is based on. The team will specifically focus on how well EOS’ elected block producers represent the voters. The academic team contains worldwide leading experts in blockchain technology and voting systems.

There is also a project that feels will make EOS stand out a lot and it is set to be rolled out in a couple of weeks. Standby for exciting announcement in this space.

NodeOne: Can you tell us about the latest updates on government regulations for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies in the UK and Europe more generally?

EOSAuthority: Europe, particularly the UK government has been pretty clear on how to treat cryptocurrencies, how to treat these tokens for VAT and they’ve been trying to set a clear example on what’s allowed. The issue most companies face in the UK and Europe are resolving the payment issues with banks, this is an area where a lot of energy is still spent. There are jurisdictions in Europe which are much more friendly than the others.

NodeOne: What does EOSAuthority think about UBI and the feasibility of starting UBI on MainNet in the next several months?

EOSAuthority: UBI is something that we want the token holders to vote on. We can’t wait to get our referendum system out to the token holders so that they can actually engage with topics like UBI. At the end of the day, we are open to suggestions from the token holders on how this network should proceed with these things. The referendum systems should be rolled out this month and ironed out in a few days/weeks later. We would like to hear from the community on what they think.

NodeOne: What does EOSAuthority think EOS MainNet needs the most? (a different governance model? deploy the referendum contract ASAP? tools to onboard new users i.e. to create new accounts on MainNet? Others ideas?)

EOSAuthority: Definitely the referendum contract. We’ve been spending a lot of time and effort on this. There is a great team working on the referendum system. The team is not as large as what I would have expected for something this important. We are getting there though and it feels closer than ever.

NodeOne: On reviewing the Daily Active Users (DAU) numbers on DappRadar for example, we see that the numbers are very small (less than 7000 for even the most popular DApps) — what is EOSAuthority’s opinion on these numbers and what suggestions do you have to improve active participation on MainNet?

EOSAuthority: We will need more Dapp engagement. We will also need a very compelling DApp. We have started with a bang with the apps targeting a single sector. We expect many more DApps to arrive in the scene in the next few months. Decentralised exchanges, Steemit clones, many more. We’ve also seen DApps like Eva take off on EOSIO.

NodeOne: Can you share some details about the EOSAuthority BP infrastructure?

EOSAuthority: To start with there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding block production and specifics of hardware. Now that things are looking clearer than before, as part of Phase 2, we are rolling out multiple data center infrastructure that will allow us to switch our primary & secondary producing data center within 5 minutes. Different data centers within London along with low latency direct connection. https://eosauthority.com/block_production

NodeOne: EOSAuthority played a strong role during the MainNet boot process — can you briefly outline your contributions during the MainNet boot process for our community members to understand?

EOSAuthority: The whole boot process was very memorable, it was very exciting and we felt we were part of something huge. It was long hours, late night conference calls, geographically distributed teams, etc but it was so exciting that we put all the work in despite all of the time and not getting paid to do so! Our biggest contributions were the snapshot process. We generated the entire snapshot of the ERC-20 contracts. We were the first to output this and pass this onto the block producers. The final snapshot used to boot up the chain is on this link. It was while working on the boot process and snapshot that we discovered a flaw that could have caused a hacker to steal 10m dollars of EOS. It’s also during this boot stage (June) that we had a million page views on our website from a global audience. All of this work during the boot process eventually was recognised and we are very humbled by the community who voted us right at the top when the chain activated.

NodeOne: EOSAuthority has created a lot of tools for the EOS Community — and thank you for that!! Can you talk about which tools are used the most by EOS token holders and why in your opinion? Any insights or suggestions on future direction for developers to address these latent needs from token holders?

EOSAuthority: The EOS mainnet is new, it just happened to be put together and launched. We don’t have any tools on launch, everything is being built by the community from wallets to reporting, referendum tools and so on. All of these are very important and will shape how EOS evolves. We’ve been focussing on all the areas that we felt the community will benefit the most. Our focus in at the intersection of what we believe the larger community requires and obviously what our skills are. While we do this, we try to focus on projects that we can delivery in a few weeks of development as there are lots of low hanging fruits that the community desperately needs. We hope to be focussing on long term projects as things mature and get stable on EOS.

NodeOne: Are there any pictures or videos that you want to share with the Korean Community?

EOSAuthority: We loved our time in Seoul this year. We are pretty happy to have helped the first EOS community conference in the world. It was an amazing event organised by the community especially NodeOne. We got to showcase our Space Invaders game on the EOS mainnet. So we’d like to leave just one picture.

More pictures are available here

NodeOne: Thank you for your time and for sharing your thoughts. The EOS community is thankful for your efforts and we look forward to working more with you!

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