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Dave Fontenot@davefontenot · Founder, HackMatch
Does my passcard get me into clubs?
Ryan SheaMakerHiring@ryaneshea · Co-founder, Onename
@davefontenot It will be able to eventually. We'll be working to make it an approved form of identification.
Ankur Nagpal@ankurnagpal · Founder, Teachable
This looks super cool - I always thought this would be a logical next step for Facebook since they are already pretty close to the idea of owning identity. Ultimately, with the growth in the number of Internet-connected devices, there definitely appears to be a need for an identity system to connect them all together. Is that your vision for Passcard? Do you expect this to be something FB will eventually want to compete with?
Muneeb AliMakerHiring@muneeb · Co-founder, Blockstack
@ankurnagpal The biggest difference from Facebook is that Facebook is a company (a single trusted party) and this is an open-source protocol. Think AOL vs the Internet.
Nice to see that the implementation is independent of the usual big companies.
Ryan SheaMakerHiring@ryaneshea · Co-founder, Onename
@ssnacks yes, thanks! The way we're thinking about it is if any identity system is going to become universally adopted (across countries, corporations, etc.), it necessarily has to be independent and permission-less.
Muneeb AliMakerHiring@muneeb · Co-founder, Blockstack
Oops. Meant to respond to @ankurnagpal
Ankur Kumar@dopetard · iOS/Web developer and ML enthusiast
Love it. I am a cryptocoin enthusiast and I've been tracking you guys since beginning of onename. My question is about consumer adaptation. We know all the benefits of using this underlying blockchain technology but do people care about 'security' enough that will drive them adopt it? Yishan wong have criticized OpenID (albite a little harshly) on Quora. Quoting him: "To answer the most immediate question of "isn't having to register and log into many sites a big problem that everyone has?," I will say this: No, it's not. Regular normal people have a number of solutions to this problem. Here are some of them: use the same username/password for multiple sites use their browser's ability to remember their password (enabled by default) don't register for the new site don't ever log in to the site log in once, click "remember me" click the back button on their browser and never come back to the site maintain a list of user IDs and passwords in an offline document These are all perfectly valid solutions that a regular user finds acceptable. A nerd will wrinkle up his nose at these solutions and grumble about the "security vulnerabilities" (and they'll be right, technically) but the truth is that these solutions get people into the site and doing what they want and no one really cares about security anyways. On the security angle, no one is going to adopt a product to solve a problem they don't care about (or in many cases, even understand)." I'd like to know your thoughts on this and how you plan to drive drive mass adoption.
Muneeb AliMakerHiring@muneeb · Co-founder, Blockstack
@ankscricholic Thanks for your support @ankscricholic! I think the idea is to make it *more* user friendly than current solutions (usernames/passwords) and security is an added benefit. I agree with you that just the security angle will attract a smaller subset of, mostly technical, people.