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ICON: The Contribution Proposal Paper and the DAO based governance design release, the P-Rep TestNet 3rd Phase on September 4th, 2019

Biweekly update 21st August — 4th September

During the last two weeks, ICON illustrated hight social activity. Firstly, ICON Foundation released the Contribution Proposal Paper and the DAO based governance design. This framework outlines the process to begin earning rewards from the DApp Booster Program and Ecosystem Expansion Project initiatives. Secondly, the 3rd Phase will start on September 4th, 2019. The main goal of the P-Rep TestNet 3rd Phase is to simulate the conversion process from the Pre-Voting phase to the on-chain election. Finally, Min Kim, the founder of ICON, published the article on cryptoslate.com under the headline “Evolving decentralization in a world let down by centralization”. More to follow!

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Iconloop has signed a deal with Yeolmae Company to provide a blockchain-based certificate issuance service for the company’s ARTnGUIDE platform, which acts as an intermediary site for the joint ownership of art.

The agreement was covered heavily in the local press. It was confirmed by the company by email and by a release and via ARTnGUIDE’s website.

Under the terms of the deal, Iconloop’s ‘broof’ service will record the ownership of the artwork, along with the image of that work, in a manner that prevents falsification of the record. A timestamped certificate is issued that displays the image as well as a ‘chop’ stamp signature.

ARTnGUIDE currently has 16 jointly-owned works listed on its website. The works include five by Lee Ufan, founder of the avant-garde School of Things, and three works of Whanki Kim, an early abstract artist in Korea.

At present, the co-ownership of each work is recorded by utilizing an ethereum-based service. The record, which is publicly accessible, includes ownership status and detailed change history.

Iconloop says that this offering significantly differs from the existing system as it will allow for the recording of the image. It is not clear whether the broof system will completely replace the current records platform or work alongside of it.

Iconloop is a South Korean technology company and a subsidiary of the Dayli Financial Group. Dalyi was founded in 2015, and Iconloop was founded a year later. One of Iconloop’s projects is ICON, the public blockchain network.

The company works with a wide range of partners, including Samsung, Mirae Asset and KB Kookmin Bank. It also has a coin, ICX, which is ranked 40th globally by CoinMarketCap with a market cap of about $100 million.

ARTnGUIDE was formed in 2018. The first work purchased via ARTnGUIDE was Kim Hwan-ki’s Sanwol (1963). It was acquired in October 2018 for 45 million won ($37,000) and sold about two months later for a 22 percent gain, according to the company.

In the past few years, there has been this bubbling discontent against centralized figures in our lives, especially in our digital lives. We have had to bow down to the rules of banks, social media sites, even governments and authorities as there have been no other alternatives.

This lack of competition had also driven the central authorities to get greedy and complacent, which has led to several notable failures in their authoritarian control. Facebook data scandals, banking collapses, political failures; all these occurrences have lead people to lose faith in centralized authority.

Yet, there has been very little that the collective has been able to do about it. The notion of decentralization has pretty much been theoretical with not too many concrete examples of how one can escape the centralized monopoly that has been constructed. But things are changing.

Blockchain has been steadily establishing itself as a technology of the future but also as a foundational tool for today. It brings with it a functional decentralization that people are starting to see work in different sectors. Bank-less Bitcoin showed people that finance need not be totally ruled by the bank, but that is just the beginning.

Why do we want decentralization?

We can understand why people are less trusting of central authorities. Especially when looking at banks, governments, and even corporations like Google, Facebook, and others; there have been a slew of bad press around the way they are operating.

The alternative is to disseminate the power in these sectors and have decentralized control where the need for trust in one entity is removed and a trustless system put in its place. Decentralization can do this, in many different sectors, and it can do it with an efficiency that is unheard of in a world of centralized authority.

We have seen how Bitcoin can essentially remove banks; take away their fees, waiting times, overly-severe restraints and regulations, and replace it with trustless peer-to-peer trading. We are also starting to see how any contract, financial or not, can be enacted through smart contracts without the need of central authorities — supply chain as a prime example.

And, the reason we see these alternatives is because of what has happened before. It must be remembered that Bitcoin, blockchain, and this notion of decentralized finance, in this case, came about because of the 2008 financial crisis and the failure of the centralized banking system to do its job.

In more recent times, instead of seeing our money being the victim of poor centralized control, we are seeing our data being exploited and badly used. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and a bevy of other internet companies have been embroiled with scandals relating to the control and use of people’s data. These people are now sick of it and want a new way of operating.

It is an arduous task, creating a decentralized architecture based on blockchain technology, but one that ICON is attempting to summit. It is not only about being financially decentralized through Bitcoin, but it is also about trying to create an entire decentralized network of different blockchain communities and sectors for a new era of decentralization to come to fruition.

Why ICON took this path

ICON has decided to try to create this blockchain architecture in a way that further forces more significant decentralization and community involvement. If blockchain is the answer to a decentralized society, it is still in its embryonic stages and needs a boost towards a new heading.

Blockchain decentralization can be a relatively insular and isolated undertaking as it stands, with proof-of-work a race to get the next block rather than active involvement in a community. It is this reason why ICON has gone with Delegated Proof-of-Contribution (DPoC) to allow for member evaluation based on their network contribution as well as stake.

This further leads to one of its most important roles, the P-Rep, or Public Representatives.

P-Reps operate as full nodes and form the basis of a sustainable and secure network. They get to produce blocks and verify transactions on the ICON Network, but their role is even more extensive than that — acting as the principal delegates of the decentralized governance system, P-Reps are responsible for controlling, protecting, and enhancing the ICON Network.

Having these P-Reps in the network hands the control of the blockchain architecture to the people who are using it, they are incentivized to advance the network. But, to further incentivize the network and ensure complete decentralization, all ICON network participants — not only the main P-Reps but also sub P-Reps, ICX holders, developers, and more — are rewarded according to their contributions

It is through this avenue that ICON hopes it can create a fully decentralized blockchain architecture, and that it can advance blockchain decentralization to its full potential.

Currently, the possibility is there with blockchain, but because of other factors, decentralization is usually a front. ASIC mining hardware can lead to a monopoly in proof-of-work, and poor distribution of tokens can cause centralization in proof-of-stake.

But, with decentralization at its core, with a voting system aiming to include all corners of the ICON network, and P-Reps set to be fairly chosen, the network should obtain a far higher degree of decentralization than has been seen in these early stages of blockchain development.

Finance

The number of transactions dynamics (information from tracker.icon.foundation)

This framework outlines the process to begin earning rewards from the DApp Booster Program and Ecosystem Expansion Project initiatives. Follow the link.

[P-Rep TestNet 3rd Phase Schedule]

1. P-Rep TestNet 3rd Phase Docker Release — September 4th 02:00 UTC

  • Please stand by in the TestNet telegram channel on September 4th at 02:00 UTC as technical support for P-Rep node deployment will be provided until the opening of the 3rd Phase.

>>> Check out the P-Rep Installation and Configuration Guide (ICON Developers Portal)

2. P-Rep Node Set-Up — September 4th 05:00 UTC

  • Set up and run a node for the TestNet by September 4th 05:00 UTC.
  • Latecomers can set up and run their nodes following the guide above.

3. Pre-Voting Phase — September 4th 05:00 UTC

  • All P-Rep candidates can start to register on-chain.
  • Unlike TestNet Phases 1 and 2, there will be a single network in Phase 3.
  • The votes will be distributed to all candidates systematically.

4. Decentralization Phase — September 5th 05:00 UTC

  • P-Reps will receive a different amount of votes systematically on a daily basis so that every P-Rep can experience the Main P-Rep role.
  • Thus, the list of the top 22 Main P-Reps will change systematically.
  • The Main P-Reps will start to produce and validate blocks, and the other Sub P-Reps will standby on a waitlist.
  • The Main P-Reps can submit the Governance Variable and Network Proposal.

5. Stress Test — September 10th 02:00 UTC

  • All P-Reps should standby for this stress test.
  • This stress test is essential for all P-Reps so that they can handle overloaded data in the network and get advice on how to resolve in Mainnet.

Note:

  • For stress test purposes, the “Recommended Specifications” are strongly encouraged.
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Roadmap

IISS

- The incentive distribution function for P-Reps and Voters (Stabilization → Completed)

- P-Rep/Voter are rewarded with ICX

DID

- Launch DID based service with business partner (In Development → Completed)

- DID based service is launched with business partner

What’s next?

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  • Interoperability with heterogeneous chains launch by the end of 2019
  • ICON interchain protocol BTP will be available by the end of 2019
  • The first ICONgress will be organized in 2019

Partnerships and team members

ICONLOOP has announced the signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korea Productivity Center (KPC), the first educational consulting firm in Korea, to build a blockchain-based industrial ecosystem.

This MOU aims to increase of customer value of Korea Productivity Center through blockchain technologies and services of ICONLOOP. Based on the agreement, ICONLOOP and Korea Productivity Center plan to jointly carry out the business developments related to blockchain companies and industries, interchange for nurturing and training blockchain professionals, and research on current industry trends.

In particular, the use of ‘broof’ service from ICONLOOP will enhance the transparency in issuing qualified certification for various curriculums conducted by Korea Productivity Center. ‘broof’ is ICONLOOP’s blockchain-based certificate issuance service that supports certificate issuance, storage, and prevention of falsification.

Rumors

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The charts above illustrate a slight decline in the number of Twitter followers. In general, ICON foundation experiences an average level of social activity.

The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of ICON Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers, and Facebook likes. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.

This is not financial advice.

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