AKASHA, which stands for Advanced Knowledge Architecture for Social Human Advocacy just announced that their pre-alpha version of AKASHA will be launched in October.

AKASHA, the newest decentralized social media network, created by Mihai Alisie (Bitcoin Magazine creator and Ethereum co-founder), aims to create a new social media network, free from the constraints of the old.

Users who have already added their emails to the pre-alpha list will receive Invites in their inboxes which will include installation instructions. During their first rollout, they plan to test the basic core features such as creating an identity, following a person, publishing an entry, commenting, bookmarking, voting, following a tag, creating a tag and so on. During this phase, the AKASHA team will be testing the rest of the functionality in anticipation of the alpha release.

In these first releases, the Dapp may showcase unstable behavior and a few bugs. AKASHA notes that this is to be expected since this is the first experimentation of a standalone Dapp that’s built with innovative technologies such as Ethereum and IPFS.

“There are many moving parts involved in making this happen and there will be things that are expected to manifest unexpected behavior”

Here is their breakdown of all their stages with their goals and implementation:                                                                                                  

Stage 1 (Q4 2016)

Public alpha release

Debut with brainstorming challenge for ideas and features in the next releases.

Main goals

  • Signal that AKASHA is a community driven project
  • Tap into the collective intelligence of the community
  • Collect and incorporate feedback from the users
  • Token economy challenge launched for proposals that would creatively reward participants on AKASHA

Stage 2 (TBD)

Core smart contracts breakathon

Open source the smart contracts powering AKASHA, followed by breakathon event with prizes for anyone able to exploit or break the smart contracts. Breakathon will be extended to the token contracts proposed in the next stage. Actively experiment with solutions for displaying content published inside the dapp in normal Web 2.0 browsers.

Main goals

  • Smart contracts crowdsourced vulnerability/exploit tests
  • Fix/improve the smart contracts depending on the feedback
  • Round 2: try to break the fixed/improved smart contracts
  • R&D for Web 2.0 static content gateways

Stage 3 (TBD)

Tokens, tests & integration experiments

Token research taking a more proeminent role (Filecoin, Raiden, BTC relay, ETH appcoins interoperability) combined with identity and experiments on an interactive Web 2.0 version (Metamask/Light Wallets/uPort). Analyze and A/B test the most interesting token proposals to see how it affects the health of the ecosystem and behaviour of users.

Main goals

  • Understand what problems we should strive to solve with a token
  • Test the most interesting ideas bubbling from the collective intelligence of the community
  • Learn if a token is indeed needed and beneficial in the ecosystem
  • R&D for Web 2.0 interactive version

Stage 4 (TBD)

Development roadmap proposal

Propose development roadmap for 2017 with votes counting as feedback on feature prioritization.

Main goals

  • Community driven development roadmap proposal
  • Focus attention and resources on most wanted features
  • Testing Web 2.0 interactive version
  • Fine tuning for main network launch

Stage 5 (TBD)

AKASHA v 1.0

Many variables in the equation as it all depends on the findings and lessons learned during the previous stages. If everything goes according to plan, the AKASHA contracts will be deployed on the main net, hopefully with a working Web 2.0 version for ease of access for people not interested in running their own ETH and IPFS node.

Main goals

  • Using the security and synergy of the ethereum main network ecosystem
  • Enabling real value token transfers between readers and content creators
  • Web 2.0 main net version deployed, preferably interactive
  • Publish experiment-driven white paper documenting our findings
  • Open the dapp to the world at large

Again, this short roadmap is tentative and should be taken as such. We want to involve the community as much as possible in this project and we are open to adjusting the various stages listed above (and not only) to accomodate unforeseen events or strong feedback in areas that are not covered yet.

More details will follow in the next couple of weeks once we start sending the invites!

Stay tuned for more information on AKASHA.

Brianne Rivlin

Brianne Rivlin has been writing within the internet field for over six years. For more than a year of that time, she has been heavily inundated with blockchain, virtual currency, and Ethereum technology. Read More
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