Upcoming Network Features
The following list represents network work that remains to be completed. The order should not be seen as fixed in any way as in certain cases, work will be carried out in parallel by different teams.
A trusted executable environment within existing computers
Creates an area within the hardware of a computer that is a secure, trusted environment that stands separate from the rest of the computer. It functions like a mini-computer inside existing computers that cannot be opened.
Allow the network to grow and scale in a sustainable way
The Network allows controlled growth to ensure that the majority of decision-makers are healthy nodes that follow the rules of the Network. This growth should be sustainable in order to avoid unnecessary mergers between Sections.
Ability for the network to restart after a catastrophe
In the event of a catastrophic outage, the Network should be able to rebuild itself because it maintains the integrity of essential data (such as chain history) which enables it to start functioning again on the basis of the last known state of the Network.
The Network will have native support for RDF, enabling data to be compatible with the Semantic Web
Ensures that data on the SAFE Network is stored in such a way that the format can be understood by other Semantic Web projects, such as Solid.
Read the RFC
Obfuscating stored data
All data stored within a Vault on an individual’s computer must be entirely encrypted and unreadable
Ensures that even the smallest piece of data that is stored in a Vault cannot be read by the person controlling the computer on which it is stored.
Replace our concrete coin with a common coin to make PARSEC fully asynchronous
Common coin is a device that nodes can use to generate a “random” binary value (true or false). Every time a node flips the coin, all other nodes are guaranteed to observe the same value for their coin flip. Also, the value must be unpredictable, which means that no malicious node can know the outcome before a honest node has observed it.
Apps and User Experience
LATEST VERSION V0.15.2
The latest release includes some of the beginnings of the Perpetual Web, as well as the Authenticator: enabling you to securely sign in to the SAFE Network, and manage access and permissions of SAFE Apps.
The Perpetual Web
The SAFE Network is designed to ensure that public data is permanent and can never be deleted. Individuals and groups can choose to keep their data private, but once it’s been published, it will remain permanently available. This milestone aims to showcase the incredible power of this facet of the Network, by building out the User Experience, and iterating on it right through to launch.
Enhancements to the browser designed specifically to take advantage of the functionalities of the Perpetual Web
The SAFE Browser functionality will be extended to incorporate new features that are unique to the Perpetual Web, such as the ability to roll-back through the version history of any SAFE website or asset.
Mobile version of SAFE browser which is limited to browsing published data from the SAFE Network
Enables individuals to access the SAFE Network directly by using a browser on their mobile phone
Streamlined publishing of SAFE sites and Perpetual Data
A suite of tools which provides the necessary functionality to add data to the SAFE Network, publish perpetual data, and manage Public Names. This will supersede the Web Hosting Manager.
An advanced CLI to manage accounts and data
A command line tool to manage data on the SAFE Network. It will allow the user to store data on the network and manage accounts, identities, and permissions. This is the tool that the frontend apps and features—such as the Data Manager—will build upon.
Public Name System
Content stored should be accessible with human-readable URLs, via a decentralised domain name system: the Public Name System
A domain name system translates numerical IP addresses into a format that can be read by humans (eg. http//22.214.171.124 resolves to Google.com). The current web relies on a centralised organisation to maintain that record. The SAFE Network requires this process to be outside the control of a single party in order to avoid censorship and repression.
Read the RFC
If we want a world in which individuals can communicate freely whenever they choose, privacy is essential. This milestone aims to deliver just that.
Send secure private messages between clients
One of the most sought after features of the SAFE Network: secure, private, instant messaging.
Ability for users to create and manage multiple identities
Improves the user experience for individuals as they switch between the identities (or profiles) that they choose to represent themselves with on the SAFE Network, without the need to create multiple accounts.
Find, connect and stay up-to-date with other SAFE Network users
Enables SAFE users to find and connect with other people across a range of applications in a consistent way.
Take Control of Your Data
The SAFE Network turns the current data ownership model on its head. Personal information will no longer be stored on corporate servers. Self Authentication gives you complete control over your data. You can grant (and revoke) permission for apps to use your data at any time and prevent any unauthorised company or third party ever gaining access.
Fine-grained management of your personal data
The extension of the Data Manager tool to allow fine-grained control by individuals over their private and unpublished data.
Support storing and querying RDF resources in SAFE-Core
Ensures that the SAFE Network understands a way of describing the architecture of data that is understood by other projects, such as Solid
Read the RFC
Add native support for SPARQL to allow searching of data
Enhances the functionality of SAFE by adding SPARQL support to SAFE Client Libs and SAFE Vault. This ensures that the Network can understand a well-known semantic query language, and enables users to search.
Tools to enable collaboration through sharing and group permissions on private unpublished data
Manage sharing and permissions of private, unpublised data and files, for collaboration between individuals and groups.
A way of sharing and accessing SAFE Network files without the need for a Public Name
Create a system of standardised URL’s on the SAFE Network that are based on the XOR address of the content being referenced. Ensures that individuals can access and locate data and files in a more user-friendly manner.
The New Digital Economy
The new digital economy is all about ensuring that you no longer pay for your digital life with data. Instead, you use a cryptocurrency that’s integral and distributed by the SAFE Network. You earn value in return for providing resources to the Network.
Test Safecoin Wallet
Transact using Test Safecoins
Users will be able to use Test Safecoin in the Network, allowing an ecosystem to built around the SAFE incentive mechanism. The ability to create multiple wallets, associate them with an identity, and also one-time-use wallets to enable anonymous transactions, will all be part of this.
Vault User Interface
Easily set up, run, and manage a Vault
Users will see greatly-improved Vault User Experience. Anyone providing storage to the Network can expect to see a number of usability improvements, making it easy to offer resources and start farming on everyday home computers and devices.