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区块链可信数据平台Dirt Protocol获300万美元融资

Dirt Protocol的团队正在通过区块链技术创造一种验证信息的新方法。

这家创企计划在今年后期推出其平台,今日它宣布获300万美元种子轮融资,投资方包括General Catalyst、Greylock、Pantera Capital和光速创投等。

创始人Yin Wu之前曾创建过锁屏创企Echo和洗衣创企Prim,前者于2015年被微软收购。她表示自己对加密货币行业产生兴趣后,就曾担心过ICO的真实性——毕竟目前有不少公司ICO后拿了投资人的钱就消失了。

“如今这块市场仍然处于无监管状态,这促使不法分子散播有关个人收益的虚假信息。”Wu说道。

那么这家公司的解决方案是什么?Dirt Protocol创建了一个数据库,任何人都可以往里面发布信息,但发布信息“就要承担风险”,如果信息不属实那么他们就要缴纳罚金。Dirt Protocol并不是要创建一个单一的、绝对的数据仓库,而是去提供工具,帮助开发人员建立自己的数据库。这些数据库可能会被用于ICO(例如提供ICO团队和投资人的信息、流通代币数量)、在线出版等。

Dirt的平台上只有一种代币可以使用,用户如果要往数据库里添加信息或者为某些争议进行投票,那么就要支付一定的代币——如果你发布的信息有误,那么你就会被处罚(扣除代币),如果你帮忙删除了这些虚假信息那么就会得到奖励。

也就是说它创建了一个经济环境,不仅鼓励人们不要发布不精确的信息,还要求他们尽可能地去移除虚假信息。但最重要的问题是,到底谁能决定信息的真实性——谁手里有最终决定权去判断某条信息是否精准。Wu表示Dirt会支持多种不同的管理方式,包括集中审核、全体投票、根据各自的声望(决定选票的权重)进行投票等。

“我们正专注于打造一个任何人都能使用的开源数据集。如果这个目标实现了,我相信盈利就会随之而来。”Wu说道。

Dirt Protocol has raised $3 million to use blockchain to build a trusted platform for structured data.

The company is creating a protocol known as Dirt for crowdsourcing trusted information, using the secure and transparent decentralized ledger technology behind blockchain. It’s like the “Wikipedia for structured data,” the company said.

The investors include General Catalyst; Greylock; Lightspeed; Pantera Capital; Digital Currency Group; SV Angel; ZhenFund; Fred Ehrsam (cofounder of Coinbase); Elad Gil; Avichal Garg; Linda Xie; and others. The full list includes 15 venture firms and 11 angel investors.

Dirt is a protocol for decentralized information gathering. Its mission is to organize the world’s information and make it freely accessible.

“I have been involved with blockchain projects since 2013. Five years ago, there was just Bitcoin,” said Yin Wu, CEO of Dirt Protocol, in a statement. “Now there is an entire ecosystem with alternative currencies and dApps (decentralized apps). But in this new decentralized world we still rely on  centralized sources of truth — Twitter determines who is real and CoinMarketCap determines the price of a cryptocurrency. There needs to be a way to determine what is true and build trust without a centralized arbiter.”

She added, “We are building Dirt to solve this problem. Dirt is a protocol that crowdsources trusted information which rewards honesty and penalizes lying. Without relying on any single curator, Dirt is doing to data what Wikipedia did to the encyclopedia.”

That, of course, means disruption.

Data in the 21st century is like oil in the 20th century — an immensely valuable asset that is critical to the economy. From the stock prices to the weather, we depend on accurate and accessible information for our everyday decisions, the company said.

Unfortunately, data is an asset that most companies hoard. This creates data silos, limits competition, and stifles creativity. Dirt Protocol says that structured data about the world needs to be freely available for new applications and utilities to emerge.

No single company should have a monopoly on information and truth, the company said. When you give all that power to a single entity, there are two big concerns: 1) who gets to decide what information is correct and 2) who gets to access the information.

“The question we ask every day at Dirt is: How can we unlock innovation by building and maintaining databases of information that live in the public domain?” the company said.

Dirt is a protocol for decentralized information gathering that makes it “economically irrational for a lie to persist in the network.” The company describes a set of rules for writing and validating information that uses token staking to incentivize honesty.

Similar to Wikipedia, anyone can contribute information. Dirt introduces greater assurance of accuracy because every contributor needs to stake tokens with their data. If the data is correct, it is shared freely. If the data is false, a moderator in the Dirt network can challenge the entry and earn tokens if the challenge is successful.

For crypto enthusiasts, Dirt may sound similar to the concept of a token curated registry (TCR), but Dirt is not a TCR. Instead, it is a protocol to build TCRs.

Since the protocol is a system that makes it economically irrational for people to lie, Dirt naturally extends to domains where there is an incentive to lie. For example, it could crowdsource the list of authorized resellers for luxury brands. Dirt could crowdsource the air pollution ratings in Beijing or the dollar exchange rate in Venezuela.

Wu previously founded Echo Lockscreen, which she sold to Microsoft in 2013. Rather than tackling any one vertical, Dirt wants to first create a general platform for token-incentivized registries that will work across industries and data types. It hopes to create a scalable way to vet information.


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