Fireside 2.1 ( Citizen Cosmos Blog Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:00:00 -0500 Citizen Cosmos Blog en Overview of episode 18: Antoine Herzog, Starname & decentralized identity Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:00:00 -0500 f337192f-74ba-4730-9e6b-6ce2a1a284c8 A brief overview and timeline of episode 18 with Antoine Herzog, the CEO of Starname In episode 18 we spoke to Antoine Herzog, the CEO of Starname

In this episode we talk to Antoine Herzog, the co-founder and the CEO of Starname. We discuss the importance of identity standards for the decentralized space. Different variations of name services and approaches to blockchain identity across the space. We also touch on the importance and value of privacy and information disclosure, as well as such issues as KYC and their possible future development direction. Antoine also shares his vision on how to develop your project on Cosmos, how to attract validators to your chain and how to keep on the good vibe going within the team. He also shares his experience and the some of the dos and don'ts on moving from Ethereum to Cosmos.

Timeline of the episode:

  • 0.37: A community of podcast hosts
  • 01.20: Startname or IOV
  • 01.48: Migrating to Cosmos
  • 02.38: What is Starname
  • 04.30: DeFi projects in France
  • 05.43: Personality and name in the crypto space
  • 07.10: AML and privacy
  • 09.50: DeFi and NFT tokens
  • 10.50: Migrating to the Cosmos ecosystem
  • 14.10: Validators experience
  • 16.49: Coingecko
  • 20.38: The French blockchain ecosystem
  • 22.28: Similarities with Urbit
  • 23.01: Company management
  • 24.45: Finding the right balance
  • 26.01: The Circle project
  • 26.46: How to make peace with your inner voice
  • 28.40: Mentorship and how it can help
  • 31.20: Exciting blockchain projects
Citizen Cosmos and its new team members Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:00:00 -0500 bc49ada3-421e-4aff-a322-0b8bd4c49f12 New team members join the Citizen Cosmos brand The branding of Citizen Cosmos that was announced a few weeks ago, has been gradually progressing. The branding included the revamping of the Citizen Cosmos podcast into a web3 brand. With the kick-off of its own validator and the re-organization the public work we do with Cosmos Moscow, public docs, etc.

This included migrations, infrastructure set up, planning of tasks and, of course expanding the Citizen Cosmos greater team. Without any more ado... We are proud to share with the public, that our team has doubled and 2 more people have joined our team.

@mrlp4 is helping us as a DevOps and @nj is the Citizen Cosmos community advocate. We are over the moon with these updates and are very excited to carry on building the community around Citizen Cosmos.

Overview of episode 17: Althea: networking, mesh & blockchain Mon, 09 Nov 2020 10:00:00 -0500 f68de366-acaa-40b8-84ab-aa3bfbd48938 A brief overview and timeline of episode 17 with Deborah Simpier, the CEO of Althea In episode 17 we spoke to Deborah Simpier, the CEO of Althea

In this episode we chat with Deborah Simpier about networking technology, Althea blockchain, mesh networks and how these affect our daily lives. We also discuss controversial topics, such as, freedom and the cost and quality of an internet connection. Can internet access become a lifesaver? And, lerarn about, Deborah's personal ‘radio in the blood’ feeling.

Timeline of the episode:

  • 1.12: The birth of Althea
  • 4.30: A price-aware routing protocol
  • 5.28: Mesh networks
  • 7.42: The nowadays technological base for the internet
  • 11.38: Bandwidth in mesh networks
  • 13.50: Hardware and software for mesh networks
  • 15.30: Open source or third party solutions
  • 19.09: Scaling issues
  • 21.10: Background
  • 22.30: The role of a CEO and its challenges
  • 24.30: Product design
  • 26.18: An example of using a mesh network
  • 26.53: A typical user
  • 27.30: How users can get involved in Altea network
  • 30.15: The mesh network market
  • 32.02: Economical model behind Althea network
  • 34.58: Peggy bridge between Cosmos and Ethereum
  • 36.50: Differences between bridges
  • 37.28: Other side of the project: xDai
  • 39.19: Grant from Interchain foundation
  • 39.42: Economical goal
  • 40.42: Prehistory
  • 42.22: Internet connection dashboard
  • 43.26: Privacy in bandwidth sharing
  • 43.52: ISP monetization of data
  • 45.05: Chaos Communication Congress
  • 46.30: Exciting blockchain projects
Overview of episode 16: Chris Remus, Chaiflow and staking Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:00:00 -0400 e606c2fc-3b91-4ef3-9316-c946cee43d1f A brief overview and timeline of episode 16 with Chris Remus, the founder of Chainflow In episode 16 we spoke to Chris Remus, the founder of Chainflow.

In this episode we discussed the differences between operators and validators, their role and importance in the ecosystem and why it's uber important to decentralize staking power. We talk about the monetary cost of freedom, product management in the validation business and about decentralized projects in general.

This episode will be helpful if you wish to learn more about the importance of decentralizing staking power across validators and why operators are not the same as validators.

Timeline of the episode:

  • 0.45: The Twitter connection
  • 1.45: Chainflow's validator
  • 5.35: Chainflow's focus
  • 8.37: Why Cosmos
  • 10.44: How to attract smaller, independent validators?
  • 15.03: Cosmos-Hub validators
  • 18.19: Enforcing rules onto the blockchain
  • 22.19: The monetary cost of freedom
  • 25.49: The staking defense forum
  • 28.49: Project and product management
  • 32.56: The developer mindset for product management
  • 35.24: The product and its shape within the blockchain industry
  • 38.29: Marketing and user traction issues
  • 42.21: The Staking Defense Newsletter
  • 44.49: Picking mushrooms
  • 46.25: Exciting blockchain projects
Branding and the Citizen Cosmos validator Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:00 -0400 ac3788a4-ceb9-46a2-b6bd-2ea66ba6c774 Citizen Cosmos is taking over the fuckgoolge validator on the Cosmos hub and launching a brand Dear Cosmos citizens,

Citizen Cosmos is pleased to announce the taking over and the rebranding of the 'fuckgoogle' Cosmos hub validator into the Citizen Cosmos validator! In a recent post the team of the 'fuckgoogle' validator announced the start of the migration process. We would like to confirm this from our side.

What will happen and what can be expected?

Recently the validator got a delegation of 425,000 ATOMs from the Tendermint team. After talks with Tendermint, they have agreed to upkeep the delegation in the light of recognizing the work that Citizen Cosmos does for the Cosmos hub.

This work includes:

  • The Citizen Cosmos podcast
  • Managing of the @cosmos_rus Twitter page
  • Managing the Cosmos Moscow meetup group (so far we helped to organize and manage 2 educational events)
  • Managing the RU-based Cosmos news channel on Telegram
  • Ongoing help with translating and spreading the RU version of Today in Cosmos (@cosmos_rus)
  • Active involvement in the community of Cosmos

What can be expected:
A complete rebranding of the validator after the migration process is finished. Sergey has already launched another validator on the Cyber network, which will also undergo a rebranding to the Citizen Cosmos brand, and in the future might act as a relayer bridge between the 2 networks, once IBC is up.

We have a lot of plans for the validator, specifically in the light of the work we are prepared to do within Cosmos hub and are pleased that things have turned out this way. The journey won't be easy, but we will defiantly get there and have a lot planned!

Please keep up with our announcements, as we hope to publish the roadmap, for the newly created Citizen Cosmos brand in the next few weeks.

May the code be with us =)

Overview of episode 15: Tor Bair, privacy and secrets Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:00:00 -0400 798df669-d07c-4acf-8439-dd996fb5dd5a A brief overview and timeline of episode 15 with Tor Blair, the founder of Secret Network In episode 15 we talked to Tor Blair, the founder of Secret Network.

The episode contains plenty of secrets, just make sure to pay attention. We talk about privacy, trust, Amazon drones, privacy by design and learn how to lay out the foundation for privacy projects. We go to depth about more technical things, such as, privacy preserving smart contracts, transactional privacy vs programmable privacy and learn how to get involved in Secret Network for those who are interested.

Find out who to learn privacy from, what privacy is and get some ideas on how to make a good podcast from Tor. Also get some ideas on how to launch a node on the Secret network and what privacy preserving smart contracts are.

Timeline of the episode:

  • 1.20: The definition of privacy
  • 3.30: Incentives to protect privacy
  • 8.07: A personal rtake on privacy
  • 13.15: How to combine poker and privacy?
  • 14.10: Privacy projects and the foundations that back them
  • 18.50: Privacy gurus
  • 21.15: Privacy preserving smart contracts
  • 26.48: Intel SGX
  • 30.20: How Intel can affect privacy
  • 33.08: Secret Nodes
  • 35.30: Ways to talk to a community
  • 37.45: SCRT token
  • 40.28: Monetization behind a foundation
  • 42.10: Is MIT education helpful or not?
  • 44.44: The story of the Decentralize this podcast
  • 47.02: Secrets to share
  • 48.17: Exciting projects
Overview of episode 14. Billy Rennekamp, Tendermint vs ICF Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:00:00 -0400 3a7f9156-f20b-492e-9525-a59c751f173e A brief overview and timeline of episode 14 with Billy Rennekamp, the grants manager at ICF Starting with the latest episode: 'Billy Rennekamp, Tendermint vs ICF', we've decided to put together a follow-up post for our podcast episodes. Each overview will contain a brief description and a timeline of the episode. In due time, we will also add transcripts to each episode. Better late than never they say...

Billy Rennekamp is the grants' manager at Interchain Foundation and the founder of Clovers Network. In this episode we discuss ICF’s functions as a vehicle and its role for the greater Cosmos ecosystem. We chat about Clovers Network and NFT tokens. We also talk about how citizenship will look in the (not so) distant future, tattoo machines and blockchain DNA.

You can learn how to get a grant from the ICF for your web3 project or / and your Cosmos-SDK based project. What are the criteria that ICF is looking for, how does it function as a vehicle and much more.

Find out whether DeFi is the next big thing in Billy's eyes and what projects in the space excite him personally and for which reasons.

Timeline of the episode:

  • 1.54: What is the ICF
  • 7.08: Publicity
  • 10.40: Communication within a project
  • 13.32: Personal blockchain story
  • 21.47: DeFi: the new economic reality or a new scam
  • 23.54: The beauty of blockchains and what attracts people
  • 31.20: Cryptography
  • 33.36: Centralized and decentralized decision-making process in ICF
  • 40.06: Fiat and Crypto currencies in ICF operations
  • 41.34: Clovers network and integration with Cosmos
  • 45.52: Exciting blockchain technologies
  • 49.30: Cosmos Citizenship
  • 53.52: Billy’s Twitter account
  • 56.11: Interesting blockchain projects
New Citizen Cosmos website Wed, 09 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0400 131b9fdf-8f80-4bcd-b4a4-6824ed0e7175 Meet the new Citizen Cosmos website Hey Cosmonauts!

Meet the new Citizen Cosmos website. Yes... it took us longer than usual to come to this, but as they say 'Rome was not built in a day' (just for the record: it might have been, the hosts don't know this for sure).

We know, you're super curious as to why it took us that long to achieve this. And here is the 101: at first we were building our own website from scratch. Small correction: Sergey was pretending to be a web designer, but that really didn't work out as planned. Joking aside, the idea with having a website built from scratch is great, though it requires a lot of initial input, design and a thorough up keeping. The latter was the trigger decision against it.

Just when we thought that all was lost, we stumbled upon Fireside and so far we really like it. The cost-quality and time-consumption overweight all the cons. The biggest con, of course, not being 100% in charge of the content, it can be blocked, etc. For this we are planning to host some kind of a simple 'mirror' on IPFS in the (not-so near) future for the blog posts and a content menu. And, we already publish each of our episodes to IPFS, using

In reality a lot more is planned in that direction, and we decided start somewhere, rather than to endlessly feature-w$$k over the future.

Feedback and comments are most welcome! The best place to leave comments is here. If the issue is already closed, feel free to open a new one. We like issues.