I've finished writing part 1 of "OcapPub: Towards networks of consent", which is to say the "Conceptual Overview" section gitlab.com/spritely/ocappub/bl

There's a lot there already, and we haven't even gotten to Part 2, the "How to Build It" section yet. I'll begin work on that tomorrow.

What's here already is more or less an explanation of *why* OcapPub is taking the particular direction it is taking, and why other approaches run into serious problems.

@cwebber amazing work. "We will read it to our readers" I think you meant to say "leave" instead of "read".
What type of stamp do you imagine, hashcash or some type of coin ?

@cjd Oops! Nice catch, fixed.

Also I meant to say "postage" or "postage stamps". In retrospect it's fine to say "stamps" as long as you introduce them as "postage stamps" first to remove ambiguity.

As for what they are, there are a few options, and this system is compatible with a currency-like system or something like hashcash. But I have an idea for something that I think may be a weird hybrid... more on that soon. Maybe that's part three, or a second document ;)

@cjd Just as a preview:

- I don't like how hashcash implies constantly burning CPU. But we may be able to "reuse" that.
- I don't trust blockchain style cryptocurrencies. Digicash and other fiat-issued systems are more okay, but I'm not wildly enthusiastic of making this too money-like in the first place, though there's no reason someone couldn't use real money.

I've only run my idea by one person, I need to run it by a few more before I'm brave enough to publish it. Wanna volunteer?

@cwebber @cjd It'd be neat to use GNU Taler for this, though that requires banks to actually support it...

@jfred @cwebber
Any time one proposes a currency-like thing, people immediately (and rightly) ask "why did you say that? what's in it for you?" which makes it all but impossible to bolt it on to an existing project.

I suspect the most likely thing to work is a challenge/response hashcash where message recipients can decide what the work actually is... "here's a challenge, download this webassembly file, execute it with the challenge and give me the result".


@jfred @cwebber
Another advantage of just throwing people a challenge and a wasm file to compute the response is that you can make the response also contain the message you want to send, so then you have protocol-agile asymmetrical encryption capability builtin

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