SpiderDAO Announces Hardware Development Partnership with BOTLabs GmbH, Developer of KILT Protocol
13 December 2021, Grand Cayman and Berlin — SpiderDAO and BOTLabs GmbH, the company that initially developed KILT Protocol, today announced that identities composed of DIDs (Decentralized Identifiers) and VCs (Verifiable Credentials) using the KILT Protocol will be integrated into SpiderDAO’s range of routers.
KILT is a decentralized blockchain protocol for issuing self-sovereign, anonymous verifiable credentials. KILT provides a way to represent your identity without revealing things you prefer to keep private. KILT brings the old process of trust in real-world verifiable credentials (passport, driving license) to the digital world, while keeping your data private and in your possession.
KILT can also be used for machine identity to create identifiers for machines, services and anything that identities can be built on — such as routers. SpiderDAO’s developers will be working closely with BOTLabs GmbH to enable integration of DIDs into the firmware of their military-grade VPN routers. The combination of a world-class VPN router and a fully decentralized way of issuing, holding and verifying credentials, all in one piece of hardware, will create a powerful tool for consumer protection and privacy. This integration will also combat identity theft and loss of control of personal data.
SpiderDAO has developed a multi-layered governance setup based on hardware and software tools built on Polkadot, providing a “one router one vote” approach. Users could verify themselves via a combination of the MAC address and serial number of the router, and the DID that uses the KILT Protocol. The DID would be implemented as an additional middleware layer, bonded to the hardware, making it difficult to copy or spoof a user’s identity and governance votes.
Quote from Nathan Vary, CEO SpiderDAO:
“SpiderDAO is delighted to work with BOTLabs GmbH as they build out their extensive roadmap. We look forward to being able to provide our clients with industry-leading security and offer further protection of their online privacy by utilizing KILT Protocol within our SpiderVPN routers. As more and more users demand decentralized and secure personal data ownership, we anticipate an exciting long-term collaboration.”
Quote from Ingo Rübe, Founder of KILT Protocol and CEO of BOTLabs GmbH:
“We were interested in collaborating with SpiderDAO due to their unique approach to governance through machine identity. SpiderDAO has the potential to democratise internet access and we are happy to be part of this journey. KILT Protocol became a fully decentralized blockchain in November, and we look forward to testing new tools that advance governance initiatives in the Polkadot ecosystem.”
About BOTLabs GmbH
BOTLabs GmbH is a Berlin-based research and development company focusing on blockchain. It was founded in January 2018 by Ingo Rübe and German publishing house Burda GmbH, for whom he served as CTO from 2012 to 2017; Swiss publisher Ringier AG later joined as a shareholder. BOTLabs is the initial developer of KILT Protocol, now a decentralized blockchain network. The SocialKYC identity verification service, Sporran wallet and Stakeboard platform were developed by a subsidiary of BOTLabs called B.T.E. BOTLabs Trusted Entity GmbH. BOTLabs is a founding member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), and is a member of Blockchain for Europe.
About KILT Protocol
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SpiderVPN provides a decentralized router-based VPN service for its users by using a dual-governance model which brings together hardware and software tools with on-chain elements. The team aims to build a new set of standards for Decentralized Autonomous Organisations to counteract the unfair distribution of voting power. Combining hardware safeguards and leveraging the Polkadot consensus mechanism, SpiderDAO establishes a whale-resistant mechanism whilst creating a highly scalable, interoperable and stable governance system.
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