Creating a Virtual Archive on Decentralized Web
Archiving is defined as the act of collecting historical documents or records. Numbers Protocol took part in the archiving of the testimony of holocaust survivor Anita, the first digital testimony on the Decentralized Web.
The act of archiving has been something that humanity has been doing for centuries. In the early days, archiving meant preserving manuscripts that recorded the happenings of an era. The act was important because it served as a record of what to do and what not to do. Today much of the world’s accounts are collected digitally. This collection of digital accounts makes up our modern history now and moving forward.
There are times in history when these accounts physically burned at the hands of changing regimes attempting to silence narrative and control populations. The act has long-lasting effects as history literally turns to ashes and fades away. Nowadays, these accounts are digital and instead of literal burnings, we have centralized server access shutdowns and information manipulation.
The emergence of WEB3.0 technology, specifically decentralized storage, represents an opportunity to create a permanent and secure archive. Starting with the 2020 US Presidential election, we have been working together with the likes of Reuters, Stanford and USC Shoah Foundation to archive digital history on the decentralized web, the largest such effort in the world.
In September 2021, Numbers Protocol took part in the archiving of the testimony of holocaust survivor Anita, the first digital testimony on the Decentralized Web. Archiving such records ensures the testimony and its contents are accessible and most importantly secured. It reminds us that our work registering and cataloging digital assets onto our decentralized content network can be meaningful and impactful.
Though seemingly small and insignificant, Content ID (CID) is more than a collection of characters. It is the authentic representation of the digital content generated algorithmically to be one-of-a-kind and defined wholly by the media’s contents. Similar to how CID is at the core of Anita’s decentralized testimony, it is also a key piece of our goal of making all digital media traceable and verifiable.
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About Numbers Protocol
Numbers is building a decentralized photo network for creating community, value, and trust in digital media. Its Numbers Protocol redefines digital visual media as assets and is the backbone of a suite of tools for registering and retrieving images and videos in the Numbers network.
- Capture App: The first blockchain camera in the world that users can easily register photos and use Web3.0 applications.
- Seal API: Developers and enterprises can implement Numbers API to register photos and access their Web3.0 addresses and certificates.
- Certificates: content authenticity certificates with on-chain provenance
- CaptureClub marketplace: Native NFT marketplace which allows photo generators to sell and stake their creations.
- NFT Search Engine: The first Web3.0 NFT search engine that helps users verify the history of NFTs and prevent potential NFT fraud.
Numbers champion the purity of digital media and enable people to think more critically about the interactions between our images and the world around us. The goal of Numbers is to tokenize authentic photos (including images and videos) to create a decentralized photo network in Web3.0.