Exciting news! We're thrilled to announce that DGMV-ID is now available in the Apple and Google app stores, and the participants in the onboarding testing phase have successfully completed their onboarding processes.
This marks a huge milestone in our journey towards revolutionizing decentralized technology, and to celebrate, we’re pleased to invite our dedicated token holders to join our exclusive Early Adopter Program.
What's in it for you?
As a member of our community, you’ll get exclusive early access to the licensed part of the DGMV-ID app. Taking part in this program will make you a future pioneer of digital identity – but that’s not all. As an Early Adopter, you will:
Co-create the future Your participation will help co-create the future of decentralized digital identity, with your input directly impacting DGMV-ID app development – making sure it aligns seamlessly with Web3 principles like privacy, security, and user empowerment.
Unlock Web3 opportunities You'll be a pioneer exploring the endless possibilities of DGMV-ID in the Web3 space. You’ll gain a competitive edge by harnessing the potential of decentralized identity in emerging Metaverse applications, NFT marketplaces, and beyond.
Affordable participation All we ask of you is a symbolic commitment of one DGMV token – a nominal investment that secures your place in the Web3 revolution and allows us to build a more decentralized and user-centric digital identity solution together.
How to join
Being part of our transformational journey towards a decentralized future is simple! Just follow these steps:
Head to our new product website https://dgmv.id -> click on “EARLY ACCESS DGMV COMMUNITY”
Check your eligibility Ensure you have a minimum of 500 DGMV to participate
Connect your wallet One $DGMV token will be automatically requested once your wallet is connected
This is your exclusive chance to actively contribute to the development of DGMV-ID and be at the forefront of decentralized digital security.
Let's shape the future of digital identity together! Join the Early Access Program now and be part of something extraordinary.
If you have questions or need support in the meantime, feel free to drop us a line at [email protected], and we’ll do our best to help out.
Team DCL: over and out.
Community update - End of August 2023
Greetings to our incredible community members!
We're thrilled to have you join us for another exciting update on our journey. Here's what's been brewing in the world of DigiCorp Labs.
As you might already know, we’ve reached out to our wonderful community members to help us test out the process for our DGMV-ID early adopter program. This is the final step before we invite everyone to be part of our security revolution!
Your collective wisdom and passion are remarkable. Every insight, suggestion, and moment invested in this journey will propel the evolution of the consumer version of DGMV-ID forward. Together, we're shaping the landscape of decentralized technology.
Now, let's dive into the heart of our endeavor.
What is DGMV-ID Passwordless Authentication?
In our digital world, accessing any digital platform begins with authenticating the device or user.
Web2 environments commonly use basic forms of authentication – such as usernames and passwords – with extra layers of security, such as 2FA, token authentication, biometrics, computer recognition, CAPTCHA and single sign-on.
The challenges of these methods lead to careless and improper use. Even when used correctly, we know that strong passwords with multi-factor authentication are still vulnerable to hacking – whether that’s due to inadequate safeguarding by the user or the organization.
No one likes using passwords. They understand the need for unique, complicated credentials, but we often struggle to remember them without writing them down, and often need to reset them due to forgetting.
As a result, many websites and services are implementing passwordless, decentralized login systems. Because while centralization is convenient, it often creates dependencies and lowers security – which is exactly why DGMV-ID is decentralized by design.
DGMV-ID provides passwordless entry to websites, platforms and services in Web3 environments, using multi-factor authentication (MFA) comprising QR codes and biometrics.
This challenge-response technique is based on the DigiByte Blockchain wallet (BIP39), and provides complete protection from account takeovers for both users and service providers thanks to key exchange and digitally signed messages.
What is the DGMV-ID Password Generator and 2FA Generator?
Next to passwordless authentication in web3 environments, DGMV-ID can also be used in traditional existing web2 environments, where the use of credentials (username and password) and additional factors of authentication (2FA) are still a requirement. The DGMV-ID app generates unique, complicated passwords for all websites and platforms with password and username based login systems. All generated passwords are strong, deterministic and impossible to break with brute force.
While current password managers might create secure passwords, they usually store them, which creates an attack vector. DGMV-ID prevents this by generating new passwords for every login, so there’s no need to store them anywhere – not in the app or in the backend servers.
The DMGV-ID desktop browser extension transmits the password using ultra-secure one-time pad (OTP) encryption technology.
To use the password generator, all you need is the DGMV-ID mobile app and desktop browser extension. Service providers don’t need to change anything in their backend or websites.
Why should I use DGMV-ID 2FA instead of Google Authenticator?
Having 2FA integrated in the app means no need to switch to another application during the login process. Instead, DGMV-ID 2FA facilitates secure sharing of 2FA tokens between devices, with no need for centralized storage, QR code copying or writing down.
What’s the DGMV-ID Browser Extension?
The DGMV-ID Browser Extension displays QR codes that enable the creation of unique credentials for each individual webform. You must have it installed to use the Password Generator effectively on a desktop browser.
Underpinned by transport layer security (TLS), the extension communicates with a relay server to obtain the right credentials.
The browser also generates a one-time pad, which can then cryptographically derive multiple private keys, ensuring no third party can view sensitive information, and that only your extension and app share the encryption keys. The autofill function will then seamlessly complete the webform.
Chrome, Brave, Mozilla and Edge are all currently supported, with Safari on the roadmap.
When using passwordless authentication on a mobile web page, all you need to do is tap the QR code – no need to use the browser extension or scan the code.
What are the DGMV-ID Suite products?
DGMV-ID Browser Extension
DGMV-ID Browser Extension
DGMV-ID Enterprise Dashboard
DGMV-ID Identity Server
DGMV-ID Multi-Tenant White-Label app version
Passwordless B2C integration:
DGMV-ID Passwordless Backend Integration
DGMV-ID Identity Server
DGMV-ID Multi-Tenant White-Label app version
What’s the difference between consumer and enterprise versions of DGMV-ID?
The mobile applications are the same, but the licensing terms, functionalities and tools are different.
In the enterprise application, everything is tailored for a business setting, with white-labeling, an enterprise dashboard, customized SLAs and support for OpenID Connect Federation. This is all about establishing trust and enabling single sign-on (SSO) between an organization's internal and external systems.
We will gather consumer feedback around the app’s usage during the initial rollout. Early adopters – such as DGMV token holders – will have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback and ideas for future development.
We’ll create a Google Form to collate feedback and suggestions, taking this input and using it to execute a successful consumer market launch in Q4.
How is the DGMV utility token being integrated into the DGMV-ID framework, and what advantages will this offer to token holders?
The DGMV utility token grants access to our intellectual property and unlocks specific features.
Prerequisites for using the token vary depending on the feature or installation, so we’ve implemented a structured licensing framework to provide clarity.
Consumers need a consumer license to use the password generator, but not to use passwordless authentication or two-factor authentication (2FA).
Enterprises need an enterprise license to access the dashboard and allow their workforce to use the password generator for designated endpoints. Organizations that want to boost security levels for federation with i.e. Azure AD or Okta must get an enterprise license for the integration of an Identity Server and use of an Admin UI.
Businesses that want to provide passwordless authentication through DGMV-ID for their web users will need a license for backend code integration, which will include consultancy, maintenance and support.
You can activate consumer licenses with either DGMV tokens or fiat currency. We will calculate the equivalent DGMV token value based on current market value.
80% of the token quantity will then be transferred and securely locked in a vault for a minimum of five years, with the remaining 20% allocated to a pool for future utility purposes.
With fiat currency purchases, DigiCorp will acquire the equivalent value of DGMV tokens from the open market. The tokens required to sustain the license for the subsequent months will be sourced from the Ecosystem wallet. This deflationary model will foster a healthier token ecosystem, benefiting both token holders and DigiCorp.
Token holders will be involved in deciding how DigiCorp should use tokens after their five-year lockup.
The Road Ahead:
We're elated to share the path we're charting for the future.
Q3 and Q4 highlights:
We’ve got some super exciting updates and developments planned for the coming months, including:
The launch of our DGMV-ID product page
Revamping the DigiThree and DigiCorp websites
Several community seminars for DGMV-ID
Starting the sale of DGMV-ID to the business customers
A presentation on green smart cities in Asia
The launch of our second product
Non custodial SSI wallet feature
Productization of the MDM SmartLayer
Strengthening our strategy for community incentivization and engagement
Addressing outstanding matters and inquiries pertaining to the LCX hack
That’s all for now. We hope that update has left you feeling informed and inspired about what’s to come for DigiCorp! We’re excited about the progress, and our team is dedicated to continuing our journey of innovation. Stay tuned for more updates, coming your way soon.
Best regards, DCL team
Finding the balance: Aligning transparency and security in a digital world
Transparency is one of the core pillars of trust – a fundamental feature of any genuine relationship. If it weren’t for the prevalence of malicious behavior online, keeping things transparent and secure in today’s world would be much easier.
But in our current environment, striking a delicate balance between transparency and security is critical. We need to find an alignment that limits the vulnerability while still encouraging businesses and individuals to prioritize openness and honesty.
Creating certainty around lines of communication is one way of achieving this balance. This kind of approach would see guaranteed identity authentication generating transparency, with a zero-trust approach to make sure everyone knows who they’re communicating with.
From vulnerability to visibility
When businesses focus on creating high levels of visibility, they pave the way for trust by giving other parties the insight needed to align with their core values and build relationships based on honesty.
Part of this is about realizing and accepting potential security weaknesses, which – while not always malicious – can demand heightened security measures such as multi-factor authentication.
Unknown vulnerabilities create a paradox when it comes to security. We need to be more open to address them, but this kind of transparency can lead to security being compromised. Security flaws only become problematic when maliciously exploited, so it’s important to address and rectify them as soon as possible.
So what’s the solution? Open source technology makes programming code visible to more people, facilitating a comprehensive testing process with weaknesses identified more quickly, faster updates and stronger overall security practices.
The power of authentication
Just as code transparency works like an insurance policy for organizations, secure authentication is a powerful tool in safeguarding information and ensuring trust.
Authentication is about creating certainty around who you’re communicating and doing business with. Today’s most secure methods enable full security and privacy based on biometric recognition, with no need for password exchange, single points of failure or storage of identifiable data.
As digitization accelerates and decentralized Web3 applications evolve alongside virtual, Metaverse worlds, it’s clear we need to think differently about security. Passwordless, biometric-based authentication is a key tool for creating the kind of openness and transparency we need, along with decentralized grids, self-sovereign identities, blockchain technology and tokenization.
Privacy versus anonymity
Shielding data can be a great way to maximize security. This method ensures data privacy by reducing unwanted transparency and allowing users to select which elements of their data or identity others can view or access.
This kind of privacy calls for cryptographic authentication and transaction systems – solutions that allow individuals to let go of complete anonymity and reveal their identities as and when they choose. These methods use a cryptographic signature to authenticate users with complete certainty, with zero knowledge proof (ZKP) to share validated truths without unnecessary details.
Blockchain technology for complete transparency
The highly transparent nature of blockchain technology holds great potential for digital security. Take DigiByte, the open-source blockchain created in 2014, for example. This technology guarantees both source code and operational transparency, with an open community tasked with testing, maintaining and overseeing all elements.
This process makes DigiByte one of the most secure, fastest and longest-running decentralized UTXO public blockchains in the world. Its network consists of three layers – the core infrastructure, a public ledger for the DigiByte coin, and a final application layer – and ensures full transparency for every transaction.
DigiByte’s open nature means anyone can access the network and complete transactions – but for business applications, the ability to limit and monitor access to certain databases is crucial to ensuring overall enterprise security.
This imperative calls for secure authentication and shielded datasets – but most of all it calls for trust in transparent infrastructure and the smart contracts that guarantee privacy.
Securing the future
As the future unfolds at pace, it’s clear that cryptographic authentication will continue to play a part in securing our identities online.
Anonymity can only get us so far. To succeed in a digital world, we must find ways to guarantee privacy with certainty – to manage our own organizational security, safeguard our assets and implement authentication that does justice to the new virtual worlds of digitisation, Web3 and the Metaverse.
DigiCorp Labs: Celebration, transformation and the story so far
Today is a huge day for DigiCorp Labs, as we celebrate the first anniversary of our listing!
We can’t believe it’s been 365 days since the $DGMV token was listed on the Liechtenstein Cryptoassets Exchange (LCX) and Uniswap Labs – and we couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come.
Where are we right now?
Today marks a milestone, and that makes it feels like a good time to look back on some of the key moments in our journey so far as a startup.
Go online, and you’ll find lots of frameworks and timelines, all full of stages detailing what should be achieved by when. But the truth is, nothing is that simple. Every journey is unique, and ours is no different…
From milestone to movement
Right now, we’ve completed our seed funding acquisition, formed a versatile team of experts, and developed and tested our minimum viable product (MVP).
We’ve built a strong proof of concept and finished market research validation, all of which puts us in a great position to progress further in the coming weeks, months and years.
According to some models, this puts us in the ‘early stage’ as a company. We’ve launched DGMV-ID in beta, and now we’re refining it, testing it, and building our initial community of core users as we do. We’ve also begun developing the DGMV SmartLayer.
Our ongoing work is focused on conducting our proof of concept, gathering user feedback and iterating in line with what our users tell us they like, love or want less of.
That’s all part of our product-market fit validation process – essentially, how we prove that DGMV-ID has developed enough to have high market appeal.
We will also evaluate how DGMV-ID can be used alongside peer-to-peer (P2P) video-conferencing technology, as well as completing further market research to aid the development of the DGMV SmartLayer.
The future’s bright
But where next? The coming months will see us take the next natural steps with DGMV-ID, as we fully launch the MVP and complete early adopter acquisition.
It’s an exciting time for DigiCorp Labs – but none of it would be possible without our incredible community.
The all-new $DGMV design
So, we’ve got a little something for you. Firstly, we’re marking our one-year anniversary with a brand new token design.
That’s right, the $DGMV is getting a whole new look – a futuristic design featuring our brand heroine, the Goddess, who represents the creation of new concepts, ideas and ways of life.
As one of DigiCorp Labs’ core brand symbols, the Goddess is a recognizable, meaningful emblem of our fight for freedom and integrity in the Web3 space.
And as we transition towards real-world adoption of our human-centric decentralized solutions, the power of our Goddess feels more significant than ever.
A gift for our community
The fresh design has inspired us to create and release a range of new merchandise, which we’re super excited to share with you.
And because no birthday would be complete without amazing presents, we’re giving you, our community, the chance to win an exclusive $DGMV t-shirt.
All you have to do is put your knowledge to the test in our Big Birthday Quiz, which we’ve created to test your knowledge of all things identity, access management and DigiCorp Labs.
Think you know it all? There’s only one way to find out – play the quiz now, and you could be sporting our brand new design with pride before you know it.
DigiCorp: Powering the enterprise journey into the metaverse
Metaverse. It’s a term with the power to fascinate and frighten in equal measure, but also one that calls for the attention and understanding of today’s business leaders.
Perhaps you’ve come to the conclusion that the Metaverse is just marketing hype, or maybe you see it as the opportunity of a lifetime for your business – one that must be embraced now if you’re to succeed long term. The reality is somewhere in the middle.
Today’s enterprises really must first dig into the truly revolutionary aspects of decentralization, self-sovereignty and interoperability that surround any insightful understanding of the metaverse. Then, they should prepare their businesses for this change by harnessing these powerful technologies and the transformation they can enable.
Crypto tool adoption
To begin with, it’s important to understand some of the most important technologies in crypto today. First up, it’s blockchain and the distributed ledger – closely-related technologies that enable the establishment of a value exchange network, which can remain secure without having to rely on a centralized authority.
Cryptographic pioneers introduced this concept when they saw the need for a decentralized monetary network outside the control of governments and banks. It’s already being used for this purpose by businesses and individuals, but its reach has also extended to other fields in which centralized power has gone too far.
This is where smart contracts and their platforms become significant. The people who saw that decentralized networks could counter centralized control over money also saw how they could be used as platforms to rival big tech’s dominance of the internet.
Smart contracts are one of the main tools developers use to build decentralized applications that operate autonomously on decentralized networks. These powerful programmes are built to execute automatically when certain parameters are met, removing layers of bureaucracy from established processes in a trustless manner.
While smart contract risk does exist, it will gradually decrease over time. This is still a relatively new technology, and while the iteration process is far from over, it’s clear that many more enterprises will adopt the technology because of its efficiency.
Digital wallets are the final core element of the crypto toolkit, comprising the software tools that allow access to blockchain addresses where digital assets are stored. In this way, they provide non-custodial and self-sovereign ownership of all forms of digital assets.
Right now, we see wallets being used in conjunction with decentralized applications to transfer cryptocurrencies and purchase NFTs. We also see people using wallets and addresses to manage digital real estate in the form of avatars, just as web domains and websites became part of a businesses’ digital shop fronts in the web2 age. But in the Metaverse, all entities (including enterprises) will use wallets to own, store, and transfer multiple types of digital property.
A radically different metaverse enterprise
As you’ve probably begun to realize, the metaverse is more than just the 3D virtual worlds and online games getting press coverage. The metaverse is fundamentally about the decentralized networks that enable these immersive user experiences to occur. For enterprises to navigate their way into the future of the metaverse, it’s crucial to understand these building blocks. Why? Because so many key business pillars are being quietly disrupted in ways that will lead to totally new ways of operating.
Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are a great example of something that exists today in nascent form, but will transform how organizations operate in future. A DAO is like a modern version of a community, a corporation, and a cooperative all wrapped up as one. Essentially, it’s a group of crypto-native participants who come together to coordinate their activities towards a common goal.
These interactions happen on blockchain networks via smart contracts, with DAOs able to coordinate capital via a shared treasury and collaborate with each other in accordance with their governance rules. Essentially, the structure of a DAO shares many characteristics with today’s Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), in that they work towards a common goal, allocating capital towards tasks that will achieve it, and incentivizing workers to complete those tasks in return for income.
It’s certainly early days for this new approach, but there are already signs of how powerful and effective DAOs will become. For example, the Uniswap DAO has over $7 billion in its treasury, which includes a liquid treasury of nearly $3 billion.
While MakerDAO is significantly smaller, with a liquid treasury of $245 million, it could also be described as more advanced, because it pays out $50 million per year via 18 core units designed to push the protocol forward.
And the reach of DAOs is expanding, too. Over the last month, we’ve seen these organizations play a part in real-world asset auctions, with Constitution DAO narrowly missing out on paying $47 million for a copy of the US constitution. Many believe that this is just the start, with some tipping 2023 to be the year that a DAO could purchase an established corporation.
The process of entities with capital to spend coming together to finance an organization with a vision of the future is similar to venture capitalists gambling on an early stage startup. And effectively reallocating capital to complete tasks designed to help an organization meet its vision? That’s the same as a startup executing successfully on its long-term goals.
So, we see how and why DAOs will compete with businesses in the future, and why enterprises should spend more time familiarizing themselves with these modern, crypto-native structures than the flashy visuals from tech giants with strategies designed to co-opt the metaverse narrative.
A new level of worker empowerment
For enterprises thinking about the full ramifications of competing against globally distributed DAOs in a metaverse-enabled future, there’s another big issue that demands immediate consideration: workers.
Going back to smart contracts, we see how a combination of automated processes and task-oriented workers will completely change how businesses function, bringing increased efficiency to their operations and disintermediating layers of bureaucracy.
Smart contracts also open up the opportunity for machine-to-machine interactions, with one single-purpose smart contract executing when another one provides the data it requires. In the world of crypto, we’re already seeing this happen in the form of liquidity mining strategies and flashbots attempting to automatically maximize returns.
It might not sound like the most empowering situation for people to operate in, but the reality is that smart contracts will remove the burden of administration so individuals can use their skills more productively. The power dynamics between companies and employees will also shift as DAOs become more significant.
DAO participants and token holders are not the same as employees, but more like shareholders who own a piece of the blockchain network in which they operate. The incentives baked into these networks’ design mean people can work to improve network strength, increasing their tokens’ value, and potentially receiving additional ones in reward.
As a result, skilled workers have the opportunity to freely and openly direct their skills to any project they believe in – or think will provide the most income. Enterprises operating in a metaverse future will be competing for this talent alongside DAOs, which will use grants, bounties, and ‘governance mining’ to attract workers to meet their goals.
Enterprises that can master this process will be able to attract talent from around the world and harness previously unimaginable amounts of human capital to help achieve their aims. In doing so, they will interact with a totally new kind of workforce, made up of self-sovereign individuals who may choose to remain anonymous or pseudonymous, with little more than an NFT avatar and a wallet address to identify them.
Tech-enabled business vs metaverse-native
At this point, it’s worth comparing how a tech-enabled business today might compare with a metaverse-native company tomorrow.
While some things won’t change – businesses will still have to fund cash flow, have missions they’re striving to achieve, and because of this, need sales, finance, operations, and HR functions – but they’ll all look very different. For example, a sales operation today could be mostly in-person, with a trusted individual heading up a new business team and using remote tools to operate globally.
In the metaverse, sales will be driven by whether a community decides the benefits and incentives built into a trustless protocol make it worthwhile to use. The finance function will be transformed – rather than using fiat currencies to pay bills and stick rigidly to the regulatory framework of a nation state, metaverse-native finance will use fully digital currencies that operate to global standards and are moved around the world by smart contracts.
Operations will change significantly. We’re already starting to see the first signs of this today, and office space will continue to fade away as remote working takes over and a globally distributed workforce starts to interact more in 3D virtual worlds.
This new way of working will also change how HR works, as businesses get increasingly used to coordinating anonymous, task-oriented individuals who work for them for a limited time. When you also consider the metaverse’s possibilities for learning, collaboration, research and innovation, it’s clear how exciting an opportunity like this is for enterprises.
As we mentioned earlier, though, to make the most of these opportunities, businesses need to embrace the crypto tools that will empower them in the future. From smart contracts and wallets to DAOs and incentives, this means getting a hold on the fundamental building blocks of the metaverse. It also means understanding the risks that come with these tools, and increasing the overall level of corporate knowledge to ensure protection against those risks.
For example, all digital property will flow through wallets and addresses, which criminals try to access all the time with phishing scams and manipulation. So, do enterprises understand enough about how they work, and how they can stay secure?
The same is true for all sorts of web3 elements – from bridging between networks to secure data storage – and that’s why we need to get used to both the benefits and the risks that open, permissionless networks bring.
Big tech falls behind
The fact that big tech isn’t helping enterprises adapt to this new paradigm is just one reason why it won’t be at the forefront of the metaverse revolution – even though it so desperately wants to be.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the above statement is wrong – how couldn’t it, with big tech making such a fuss about the metaverse, and already in pole position to make the most of it given its strong financial positioning? Isn’t Meta (Facebook’s demonstrative shift to Metaverse technology) going to dominate the future of web3?
Don’t forget, back 2000, everyone thought Cisco and AOL would be the big winners of the internet revolution. What this consensus ignores is the power that exists at the heart of technology subcultures, which are fast developing into unstoppable forces. From ham radio enthusiasts to programming clubs and now web3, there’s a momentum that the last decade of progress has shown us will not die.
And big tech is clearly worried. It’s seeing its brightest and best drop everything to dive headfirst into blockchain, crypto, and the metaverse. Big tech companies can see the power this community holds, and they don’t know what to do about it. If you’re still not convinced, just consider how some key elements of web3 have developed. What does that tell us about the strength of these communities?
First, there was Bitcoin and the idea of non-state money, a concept ridiculed for years but now more powerful than ever. Then, there were smart contracts, which might include some bug-ridden examples that lost investor funds, but also give us the battle-hardened systems that now transfer billions of dollars every day. Plus, we mustn’t forget the early NFTs that look like they were generated by a five-year-old, yet still fetch astronomical prices.
Now consider this: would anyone have accepted a global store of value, a buggy smart contract, or a pixelated profile picture if they had been released by Facebook?
DigiCorp and the community-led future of web3
All this is interesting when comparing the community forces driving DigiCorp and Facebook (or Meta, or whatever you want to call it). While the latter desperately wants to catch up, it hasn’t realized it’s too late. Because right now, the power to build a bright, metaverse-native future lies in the web3 community – and that’s a future that DigiCorp is leading.
Rather than following the big tech crowd, DigiCorp enables enterprises to access the community of web3 developers today, so they can accelerate their transformations to become metaverse-native organizations – ready to succeed tomorrow.
To do this, we’re abiding by the key principles of safety, security, and self-sovereignty, developing a foundation layer for the metaverse that aims to enable quantum-safe data storage and fast, scalable transactions. Known as the DigiMetaverse, this is the building block that enterprises need right now – an inherently secure, people-centric, value creation-focused web of tomorrow – and this is how DigiCorp empowers its customers to unlock a transparent future.
The metaverse represents a huge opportunity to develop and succeed away from the clutches of big tech. But to do so, we need to understand the fundamentals and look after the security of our data, first and foremost. DigiCorp’s mission to help enterprises and individuals enter the metaverse with confidence and self-sovereignty puts us at the forefront of this technological revolution.
The future is bright.
DigiCorp Update - November 2022 - The paradox of governance in a decentralized world….
DigiCorp Labs is developing new Web3-based solutions for the Enterprise world. These new manageable enterprise solutions are built on top of the open source blockchain, DigiByte, with a layer for manageable Enterprise solutions. “Manageable” here, means that the solutions can be supported professionally, based upon conditional Service Level Agreements (SLAs). In fact, the challenge is to use open and decentralized solutions such as blockchain, smart contracts and (utility) tokens in the very regulated world of enterprise corporations. This contradiction or paradox is a challenge that we at DigiCorp Labs think we can solve, but it also asks for new, innovative thinking and governance developments.
Governance relates to the decision-making processes within an organization. How is the hierarchy of decisions structured, who is responsible, how are major decisions taken and implemented, and how is authority vested? Those questions have not only to be implemented in an organization's operational system, but the decentralized solution should also comply with these governance models up front. This is the challenge that DigiCorp Labs took on when we started developing Enterprise grade solutions on open-source blockchain infrastructures.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every company is different, each governance model is situational, and its viability largely depends on a specific set of circumstances. While securing sovereign identities and creating passwordless authentication for employees, the company also needs a central, vested governance model with supportive dashboards. These models must be centered around a set of qualities: integrity, transparency, collaboration and proven performance. So, our decentralized authentication app has to be supported by a central platform that is not only manageable and sustainable, but complies with a range of potential governance needs.
Whatever solution we build - from p2p video conferencing as part of our suite of communication tools, to smart layers, entering a digital environment always requires identification. Therefore, our first focus is on authentication in the most secure way. We used the decentralized authentication functionality of the existing Antum application, but as mentioned in our previous blog, it wasn’t future-proof for enterprise-grade Web3 authentication. Apart from more modern development languages for decentralized authentication, a balanced, centralized management and dashboard functionality was also required. The way we solved this paradox was with the most important IP that we developed last year.
Blockchain has redefined the classic notion of governance and has shaken the very foundations upon which the “old world” of enterprise is built. Blockchain’s main value proposition is decentralization — eliminating gatekeepers or middle-men in transactions to reduce costs, and enabling parties to directly transact with each other; e.g., via smart contracts. On a large scale, this effectively means the removal of centers of authority from whom enterprises request a central governance model. Instead, we are providing these enterprises with the ability to carry out important decisions with all the required dashboard functionality to support, and sovereign employee authority is distributed. The benefit of a central governance model (assuming that a responsible and knowledgeable authority is in charge) is related to the monopoly over decision making. Typically, a central authority will possess all the relevant information to make informed decisions which serve the enterprise’s best interest.
We are now in the beta-testing phase: both decentralized (which looks good) and on a central platform (this is ongoing). Before we start with the pre-agreed Proof of Concept for launch with potential customers, we need to have formally finalized our dual beta-testing. This is planned to be finalized at the end of 2022, with a formal launch scheduled for 2023, to assure our customers have enough proof of quality to install the decentralized apps on their employees’ mobile devices, and to install the central platform for IT admins. Then, the real challenge begins: we need to build out - in full cooperation with the customer - a governance model for the new Web3 environment, in their existing Web2-based infrastructures and experiences.
DigiCorp Labs took on the unique challenge of developing a radical new application on a decentralized, open source blockchain, including the decentral use of sovereign identity-based, passwordless authentication methods in combination with high grade, enterprise-based requirements of serviceability and governance. Our choice to start the journey with future-proof development languages forced us to fully re-develop and rewrite the older, proven Antum solution. We knew in advance that this decision would require more time and testing, but that it would also give us a head start on all other potential initiatives in the market. Looking back, we are glad we took this radical decision and accepted the roller-coaster experience that was to come.
What is 'the Mirror World'
The mirror world is not the same as the Metaverse. It is a representation — the mirror image — of the real world seen in a 'digital mirror.' There we see 'Digital Twins' as the relevant objects, which not only possess information about themselves, but also contextual information, such as where they come from, what data they contain, what their important sources of information are and which other objects are important to them. A good example of a digital mirror world is Google Earth. Added digital information that is projected onto our facial image with augmented reality glasses or the heads-up display.
The term mirror world was popularized by Yale computer scientist David Gelernter. It not only reflects what something looks like, but also includes the context, meaning and function of the object, such as how we can interact with it, possibly manipulate it and experience its use as we would in the real world.
The 'world wide web' was the first digital technology platform that digitized both data and information and subjected its 'knowledge' to the power of algorithms. It was soon dominated by major innovative tech players such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. The second digital platform was social media, like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat, which brought people together and allowed them to communicate.
With the first platforms, we were still looking 'from the outside in.' With the Metaverse — the third digital platform — you, as a participant, will be in the middle of the digital world, an 'immersive experience' where you experience virtual reality as if it were real. The Metaverse began in the gaming world with VR headsets used to create a virtual world. In the real world, augmented headsets, as well as holograms, will visibly create a virtual environment that surrounds us. In this way, even deceased stars like Elvis can perform live concerts again.
Companies like Roblox. Sandbox, Meta, Decentralland, Blocktopia, etc. are currently important players in that 'virtual space.' But many more of these virtual worlds ( galaxies, in Metaverse terms) will emerge. We are still in the early stages and seeing the first wave of these pioneers. We know from the previous internet bubble that only the second wave of companies will reap the benefits of all the pioneers, such as Yahoo, Hives, MSN, MySpace and AOL. These first internet players have disappeared or have completely faded into the background.
A fiction and a non-fiction world
The Metaverse as a gaming platform is the 'fictional appearance' that includes virtual avatars and objects. But there is also a 'non-fiction appearance,' which reflects the real world as a digital mirror (the Mirror World). Think about personal digital identities and 'digital twins' like products and factories. CAD/CAM technology builds virtual products and workshops that reflect the real world digitally, Meanwhile, new developments based on the roll-out of decentralized Web 3.0 infrastructure and Web3 platforms equipped with token and blockchain technologies provide methods for administration, settlement and accounting, just like we capture, settle and record real physical assets in an accounting system.
These new platforms will further digitize the rest of the world. Objects and locations will be 'machine readable' by the power of algorithms. Like their predecessors, these new platforms will unleash a new explosion of wealth for businesses and the users in their ecosystem, Thanks to millions of new ideas — as well as problems and challenges — that were not possible before machines could see, recognize and read the physical world.
The blue hour (l'heure bleue)
This moment of this “New Digital Dawn” is special because we are now experiencing the 'blue hour,' that short, unique moment just before the sun appears above the horizon, the first twilight that offers us the unique opportunity to see this new world before it is really there, the new day when physical and digital merge, where something is only real if it exists in both the physical and the digital world. The third platform will merge with our physical world in such a way that they are seemingly one and create an absolutely new experience for human beings, the first time in human history that we can mimic the reality of the physical world in the digital world. So make a physical appearance from that digital world again and experience it as a physical experience.
This compelling event is happening right before our eyes. We are all fellow spectators to this. If you see it, it will spark your creativity and enhance our productivity in the same way as cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology and create totally new real-life use cases.
We’ll see the moment that a digital life exists in combination with digitally added intelligence. This new hybrid consciousness is tremendously exciting but hard to imagine. It creates the ability to have consciousness in a digital world, with all the "fun and fears" that science fiction writers have created in their novels and movies. Now there is actually a 'new physical experience' in an 'almost real world' that was originally conceived and modeled in the digital world.
More and more companies are venturing into the Mirror World / Enterprise Metaverse, creating strategy and deploying digital twins. DigiCorp Labs' blockchain approach can help you with building and tooling to have this strategy in place.
DigiCorp Update - October 2022 - DigiThree Labs, ahead of the curve….
As we’ve already mentioned, this month is “Rocktober” and a special month for DigiCorp Labs, DigiThree Labs and our upcoming first business-to-business solution, DGMV-iD.
DigiThree Labs, the enterprise-focused arm of DigiCorp Labs, has gained significant recognition of late, being held up as a potential gamechanger. At the European Metaverse Awards, which will be held on 27 October in Berlin, DigiCorp Labs has been shortlisted for ‘Most-Exciting Startup’ and DigiThree Labs has been shortlisted for the ‘Top B2B or Industrial Initiative’. The latter category is especially important, because this is exactly what sets DigiCorp Labs apart in the turbulent blockchain & crypto landscape; offering real world use cases and meeting the demand for trustless and decentralized technology.
With our Business-2-Business approach, we are informing companies about the great potential and possibilities of Web3 and the Metaverse. DigiThree Labs is able to provide business benefits and can create value that has an impact on the day-to-day business operations and digital safety of a company.
To be successful at this stage of our company development, we want to have a push-and-pull sales strategy in place. With the appointment of Andreas Hartl, we have an experienced and seasoned professional on board, and his knowledge will help us accelerate our strategy to attract the right partners. Partners and System Integrators are discovering the potential of Web3 and the Metaverse for new revenue streams, and the advantage of a partner-led strategy is that prominent partners are already engaged with major clients, governments and institutions. They have all the procedures, goodwill, and certifications in place for compliance with their standards, requirements and expectations. These partners have proven to be successful, and have the ability to participate in (public) tenders. With this approach, DigiThree Labs is ahead of the curve, and indeed, Andreas is already engaged in several potential partner conversations.
The prospective partners that DigiThree Labs will be focusing on, and which can be found in our extensive business networks, can be categorized as follows:
Alliances - organizations that offer technology and/or solutions that seamlessly fit with what DigiThree Labs is doing. Here, we can establish synergies and collaborate, not only to add value, but to get value.
Ecosystem Partners - organizations that co-exist and move in the same field as DigiThree, with whom we can choose to collaborate for mutual strengthening, to the benefit of the ecosystem as a whole.
VAR (Value Added Resellers) - organizations that not only sell products or solutions, but provide value beyond those products through additional professional services, including those that DigiThree is offering.
System Integrators - organizations with a focus on solutions in a broader infrastructure, built with multi-vendor components, to which DigiThree solutions can be added.
Supported by our ERP/CRM system and an additional Partner Management platform, we will optimize our channel with impressive automated features that will greatly help our partners to be flexible, efficient and effective. This will not only give DigiThree the possibility to improve, but it will provide us with the tools to monitor and act proactively to guide and support our partners as they gain knowledge and expand the addressable market.
“If everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself.” - (Henry Ford)
By building a partner ecosystem, we are increasing our sales success rate and, ultimately, the need for the DGMV utility token.
As always, the community's support in showing love and spreading the word is appreciated during this amazing journey.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONSTANT SUPPORT!
DigiCorp, and the four hidden secrets
all in this Metaverse blog:
The entrance of large companies into the Metaverse will help raise awareness that there’s something significant happening - that the way we interact with machines is about to change forever.
The move was a clear line in the sand. Beyond that line, the company wants to be known as a Metaverse company.
The move came hot on the heels of the Facebook Papers, a clear and documented history of the company ignoring the harm it was doing to users.
And so, Facebook’s move was met with a combination of tech fascination (countless articles trying to explain the Metaverse to casual readers) and abject horror.
We’re clearly at an inflection point. The Metaverse may take years to be fully realized, but we need to ask hard and serious questions today:
Are we going to simply ‘port’ all of the old models and approaches from web 2.0 and hope that they’re somehow less harmful?
Will data still live in a few large silos?
Will advertising still be based primarily on surveillance?
Will we still acquiesce to the conventional wisdom that “I’m going to be tracked, there’s nothing I can do about it, so I’ll just live with it”?
Maybe that was one of the benefits of Facebook making such a huge splash in the Metaverse: it forced the media to pay attention and ask questions about the potential downsides to this new shift in technology.
Wired was one of the few publications to place it in the broader context of ALL of Big Tech. It noted that the giants (from Microsoft to Niantic) have very little incentive to work together to create an interoperable Metaverse, and that the era of big silos is likely to continue.
Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook), which Mark Zuckerberg has vowed will eventually become a “metaverse company,” owns not only four of the top six social media platforms, but also Oculus, which manufactures VR hardware. What could sell VR headsets more effectively than the notion that everybody will need one to access the internet of the future—especially if that same internet is Meta’s own?
For Microsoft, the metaverse is a sci-fi skin over its aggregation of platforms and products, which include its operating system (Windows), servers (Azure), comms network (Teams), hardware (HoloLens), entertainment hub (Xbox), social network (LinkedIn), and IP (Minecraft).
Right now, the metaverse lives in the space between these total service environments and their owners’ corporate blogs. It’s an invitation to work under, not with, tech giants’ services.
If Big Tech’s unchecked growth continues, there will be multiple metaverses, if there are any at all. Each will be interoperable under one tech giant’s umbrella, the same way Apple is both a walled garden and a convenient, habitable terrarium for its dedicated consumers. Users love the seamlessness of Apple’s proprietary operating system, the ubiquity of iMessage. And Apple, presumably, loves the 30 percent commission it can charge those developers who sell apps in iOS through its App Store.
Hidden Secret #1 of All This Metaverse Talk:
In a neat act of corporate jiu jitsu, Meta Platforms made it seem like it was contradicting itself. And the media lapped it up.
But after following Zuckerberg’s effusive keynote address, which was filled with all sorts of nifty concept videos of how fun the Metaverse will be, one of his lieutenants had a different take.
John Carmack, who is renowned in tech circles for his work in gaming (Doom) and VR, seemed to throw cold water on Zuckerberg’s vision. As reported by Fortune (and others):
"I want it to exist, but I have pretty good reasons to believe that setting out to build the metaverse is not actually the best way to wind up with the metaverse," Carmack, who has been talking up the metaverse concept since the 1990s, said. The problem, he explained, is that the concept is a "honeypot trap for architecture astronauts…a class of programmers or designers that want to only look at things from the very highest levels." Such people don't want to talk about "any of the nuts and bolts or details," he complained.
Carmack actually perfectly set up the Meta Platforms narrative, because the company is in desperate need of developers.
This is one of the reasons so many big companies are announcing Metaverse plans now: to attract developers (and investment, either through advertising or goosed-up stock prices).
Carmack’s message was perfectly crafted to appeal to the developers who scorn “big picture” thinking. They just want to play with cool stuff.
So, while Zuckberg was appealing to the media, regulators, and your mom…Carmack was simply packaging up the same message but in a more granular way.
But the takeaway from his message is still important:
Namely, the Metaverse hasn’t been built yet. And we need to get down to the nuts and bolts of how it will work before it actually happens.
Hidden Secret #2:
Web3 Communities Are Way Ahead of You, Meta
Now, this won’t be a huge surprise to those of you who already hold a MetaMask full of NFTs, or who are a Friend with Benefits.
But if all you read is the mainstream media, you’d think that only Meta, Microsoft, or Epic Games has the capacity to build the Metaverse.
And so the secret, at least on Main Street?
Sure, there’s a lot of work left to do for the Metaverse to fully emerge. And decentralized communities, powered by DAOs, tokens, NFTs and just pure, unbridled creativity are building it.
But let’s unpack this a bit further. And let’s think about what Carmack said:
“The problem, he explained, is that the concept is a "honeypot trap for architecture astronauts…a class of programmers or designers that want to only look at things from the very highest levels." Such people don't want to talk about "any of the nuts and bolts or details," he complained.”
With web3, however….the devil is IN the details. And even more importantly, those details aren’t obfuscated in a large monolithic software package (like the Unreal game engine, say, or walled away on an Azure compute cloud somewhere).
The hidden secret, therefore, isn’t just that web3 communities are already building the Metaverse; it’s that they’re doing so in transparent ways. They’re learning from each other, and they’re working in a very detailed way - from the bottom up.
In other words, web3 is already living what Carmack is evangelizing: paying attention to the nuts and bolts.
Hidden Secret #3:
There’s More to NFTs Than Just Art
It’s clear by now that NFTs are more than just ways to verify ownership of digital art. We’re now seeing deep innovation, where avatars have utility and form the backbone of value exchange and community.
But let’s step back for a minute and look solely at the visuals of NFTs. Because there’s something intriguing going on.
Here are two ‘visions’ for our future in this emerging spatial technology we call the Metaverse:
First, Zuckberg on a surfboard:
And next, a Beeple:
The first is…sterile. Bland. The second has a vibrant energy. It’s provocative and challenging.
Neither one ‘exists’ in the Metaverse yet. Meta Platforms showed off …well, it was vaporware mostly. Concept videos.
But so is a Beeple. Or a Bored Ape.
This difference, even if we only look at it aesthetically, is profound - and it reminds us that technology is most often first adapted by those who want to subvert the status quo.
The printing press was primarily used for pamphlets. It gave a voice to those who didn’t previously have one, and it was used by pamphleteers to subvert traditional hierarchies.
Meta Platforms wants to deliver experiences TO us. Web3, on the other hand, is purpose-built to subvert hierarchies. Therefore, it’s creating its own language, its own visual shorthand.
So, the third secret is that we are seeing the early signs of a creative revolution, one that stands in stark contrast to Big Tech’s attempt to deliver “Experiences” (which mostly consist of conference rooms and dull-looking concept videos).
Hidden Secret #4: The Tent Is Large
How often do you hear Big Tech invite others into their tent?
You’re either on the inside, the outside, or you’re a user.
Web3 takes a different approach: the tent is large, we’re all building the future together, and there’s very little distinction between those who are building and those who are “users.”
In fact, the term “users” is a legacy. You can see it in coverage of the emergence of blockchain-based play-to-earn games like Axie Infinity. The legacy way to phrase this would be:
Users on Axie Infinity have earned XX billions playing the game.
But they’re not users. They are people who have ownership in the game. They can increase their stake by playing, and yes: they can convert that stake into very real-world dollars.
Play-to-earn is an exciting development, but it isn’t exclusive to games. It’s an upending of all of our old models.
Until now, we could mostly buy stuff online, or we could BE the product (every click converted into data that can be resold to advertisers)
The ‘Creator Economy’ is an exciting shift - but it’s still primarily an economy driven by middlemen. You can tip someone ON Twitter; you can become someone’s patron ON Patreon; you can pay to subscribe to someone’s newsletter ON Substack.
But the blockchain-based economy broadens the tent. It extends the chance to invest in, own assets in, or share value with everyone who wants to participate.
And so, the fourth secret is that while Big Tech wants to deliver Experiences (with a capital E) and monetize your participation, web3 turns the idea of ownership on its head. This has the potential to unleash value for millions (or billions) of people.
So, four secrets:
Winning the hearts of developers will be key to realizing a vision for the Metaverse
Web3 communities are already creating value from the ground up
This value includes forms of creativity that will contribute to a “language” for the Metaverse that will stand in counterpoint to the sterile “Experiences” of Big Tech
Because the web3 tent is large, it has the chance to even take on the 10,000 person ‘factory’ being put together by Meta (and all the billions being invested)
These four secrets also lie at the heart of the DigiCorp vision for the Metaverse:
Provide amazing tools for developers
Help communities to flourish, both through grants and through our wider advocacy
By thinking deeply and creating world-changing products, help facilitate entirely new forms of online experience and creativity
Wait for the benefits of web3 to reach more and more people
And, in bringing these benefits to more people, we will build two key bridges:
Bridge One: Bridge the TOOLS From decentralized technologies like provided by DigiByte and Threefold to Larger Communities.
In particular, we think that quantum-safe storage provides a critical bridge to larger enterprises. By solving an extremely difficult problem, we can attract new people and organizations to the web3 ethos.
The Metaverse will add an exponential storage challenge to our current computing paradigm, because we won’t just be storing photos or schematics - we’ll be storing ALL of your content in 3D.
Whether a digital mirror of a factory floor or your full catalog of widgets, the physical world will be converted to having a 3D equivalent.
That’s a lot of storage - and a lot of danger.
By building quantum-safe, scalable storage solutions, we can help organizations to solve their storage problems and, in the process, build a bridge from web3/crypto into larger domains.
Bridge Two: Bridge an Understanding of Value and Responsibility
And this is perhaps our deepest mission: because it’s about valuing humanity itself.
A growing number of people don't trust centralized platforms. We as DigiCorp believe privacy should be a human right, and people should have the choice.
But the solution to this goes beyond creating a sovereign identity for the Metaverse. It extends to helping communities and individuals to understand the responsibility that comes with taking back control of our identity.
It means providing tools so that people can innovate. It means exploring the frontiers of how individuals will enter into Metaverse spaces and how they will interact with each other.
What will the “digital handshake” of the future look like? What will it look like to exchange permissions? What happens when ‘trust’ is codified and transparent? How will we deal with bad actors? How will this connect to issues related to safety or equal access?
The battle for the Metaverse is now being fought in earnest.
But we don’t need to wait for Big Tech to deliver us “Experiences” from the mountaintop. Whether you’re an individual or an enterprise, you can participate in its creation today - focused on the nuts and bolts, joining innovative communities, and taking advantage of solutions that will solve immediate problems, while advancing a more human-centric vision for the Metaverse.
DigiCorp update - September 2022
We’ve been continuing to work on improvements over the summer months, laying the foundation for a secure and decentralized metaverse future.
Antum is a stable platform, but with the feedback and knowledge we gained from the field (POCs), we decided several months ago to build and develop the DGMV-ID suite with a totally new architecture.
This was a bold decision, but the requirements for Web3 in an enterprise environment mean that we need a different approach to stand out of the crowd. The development team has done a tremendous job working on the solution.
We’re glad to share that we’re entered an exciting stage with the DGMV-ID alpha release, which also means that we can start planning the beta release with our early adopter customers.
But what are the differences between alpha release vs beta release? To find out more, read the rest of this blog. Let’s get started!
Alpha testing is one type of acceptance testing that is performed to discover all the potential issues and bugs before releasing the final product to clients. This test is executed by internal employees of the company, with the core intention of listing the tasks that a normal/regular user would perform on the app, then testing them.
In simple terms, it is called alpha testing because it is performed near the end of the development of the software, before beta testing. The major focus of this testing is mimicking real-time users, using black box and white box testing techniques.
In contrast, Beta testing is performed by customers in a real-world environment. It is also called external User Acceptance Testing, and it is performed directly before a product launch. In this scenario, direct feedback from users can be a goldmine for developers, because beta testing helps the team to test the product in a customer environment, according to the Scope Of Work form our POCs.
Note that beta version is enabled for a limited number of customers in order to drive insightful feedback on the product quality. Moreover, a hybrid security testing playbook (pentesting and bug bounty) is also in place during the beta testing phase.
Beta testing ensures that the team won’t suffer massive product failures by helping to improve product quality through customer validation.
So, the key differences between alpha testing and beta testing are:
On the one hand, alpha testing is performed by testers within the organization, where beta testing is performed by the end-users.
Aspects like reliability and security testing are performed in detail in alpha testing, whereas reliability, security, and robustness are tested during beta testing.
Alpha testing is performed at the developer’s or tester’s site, while beta testing takes place at the client’s or user’s location.
But both alpha and beta testing are extremely important in a product development life cycle.
We are proud to announce that we will be introducing our DGMV-ID alpha release to visitors during the TechEx expo on September 20th and September 21st. But that’s not all - we will also be showcasing DigiThree Labs, which will be our outlet to the enterprise world. Being a partner-led organization, DigiThree will offer professional enterprise services and consultancy to our partners, and to raise awareness among the professional enterprise community, we have started a LinkedIn campaign.
Ultimately, this provides usage of the DGMV utility token.
Our next Community AMA will be the 28th of September, in our Telegram channel. More details will follow.
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’ll be broadcasting highlights of the TechEx expo experience!