Re: [Din] Updated charter proposal

Melinda Shore <> Sat, 14 July 2018 19:07 UTC

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I'm not sure it's helpful to consider "decentralized" and "distributed"
as having a subsetted relationship (in either direction).  It may be
helpful to be more explicit about what's meant by "decentralized" in the
dinrg context, especially since we're seeing some proposals which may
or may not be considered decentralized depending on definition and

Vitalik proposes three characteristics:

. architectural decentralization (number of entities in the network),
. political decentralization (control/policy), and
. logical decentralization

with the latter being somewhat problematic, in that at some point you
probably want consistent state across all participants (i.e. you
should be able to continue if there's a partition, but then eventually

I'm not sure I agree with this framing but it may be a useful starting
point for discussion.


Software longa, hardware brevis

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