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My indisputable personal opinion on Handshake: I just wanna do cool Internet shit but if I’m gunna encourage my friends to do anything, they need to be safe. Mainstream appeal and easy adoption are the most important factors in the success of any new technology. If my grandma can’t at least pretend to understand it, IDGAF. You can visit my grandma at 👵🎨.ioni-o1xt/ I envision a world where people can freely create individual animated character-symbols and everyone can then use them at any level of writing; magic.
Table of Contents: (direct link: toc.wobbuffet.com)
What is Handshake? (direct link: hns.wobbuffet.com)
Emoji, Unicode, & Punycode (direct link: eup.wobbuffet.com)
Proxy Gateway Portals (direct link: pgp.wobbuffet.com)
Handshake on a Chromebook (direct link: cos.wobbuffet.com)
Vickrey Auctions (direct link: william.wobbuffet.com)
Why I Don’t Like the current admin (direct link: bad.wobbuffet.com)
Directory (direct link: namers.wobbuffet.com)
Contact Me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What is Handshake?
The Handshake community is attempting to disrupt the poorly-regulated domain name system (DNS) of the entire Internet with decentralized blockchain mechanics. This will ideally provide improved security, freedom, & access for all. It will also take time, but you are early.
ICANN, the omnipresent group that controls the current “traditional” DNS, charges a minimum of $185,000 just to ask permission to consider owning your own top-level domain (gTLD such as .com) but with Handshake, they can be free. ICANN enforces their own arbitrary Internet standards and will censor dissenters, something that is impossible with Handshake. ICANN also uses a security protocol that is susceptible to bad actors while Handshake is theoretically immune.
Currently, using Handshake domains requires slightly updating your browser. Major browsers allow Gateway access to Handshake domains by default, but this is just a bridge. You can use Bob Wallet or Fingertip to get started browsing and NameBase to buy, sell, & manage Handshake domains. The easiest way to use a Handshake domain you own is to simply redirect it to an existing webpage hosted on the traditional Internet. For Mobile, Android has Puma & iOS has Beacon but I cannot comment on their utility.
Emoji, Unicode, & Punycode
An exciting element of Handshake domains is the ability to use some Unicode symbols or characters, such as Emoji, in the domain name itself by encoding it into Punycode. Users can enter the Unicode or Emoji directly into their browser and visit the appropriate website. This includes many non-English characters in foreign languages, a feature ICANN banned from all domains they control and heavily discourages on domains controlled by non-English speaking countries.
Unicode symbol combinations are converted into unique alphanumeric strings that are recognizable by modern software but correspond to nearly infinite visual possibilities. For example, this page is accessible at the Mongolian vowel ᠣ (U+1823) which is encoded as xn--56e in Punycode. You can type either into your browser.
There are many different ways to use this feature, and some can be difficult to type with long Punycode representations or modified displays across platforms & devices. Most Handshake developers are not very concerned with Unicode other than bare-minimum acceptance but I think that more multilingual support in core Internet functions is a primary desirable outcome of this project.
Proxy Gateway Portals
Actually surfing the Handshake net is tricky but anyone can use Proxy Gateway Portals to view it in normal web browsers.
In the case of forwarding to traditional websites, Gateways allow us to easily type Handshake domains, including Unicode symbols & characters, directly into the URL bar and go where directed. However, in the case of browsing sites hosted on Handshake, these Portals leave your data open to the operator of the Proxy.
You can use a Proxy Gateway Portal by adding it to end of a Handshake domain. The standard unofficial is .hns.to but .hns.is is an open-source alternative and I am working on my own .mew2.co built in the cloud.
If you are very interested, I believe we can host a Portal that uses Unicode in the SLD, giving you control over you and your users’ data on an officially recognized ccTLD.
Handshake on a Chromebook
You can use the Bob Wallet extension to do basic stuff but this is not DANE-secure. It is currently impossible to put Fingertip on Chrome OS. NameBase works enough for most things. Proxy Gateway Portals obviously work in Chrome but there is an Android browser called Puma that is a little basic and probably more better stuff to come.
Buying Handshake domains can be complicated to understand but bids are ultimately very easy to place.
Named for Nobel laureate William Vickrey (a conscientious objector to World War 2 and the first person to gamify auction dynamics), Vickrey Auctions attempt to create a fair transactional experience for all involved parties. However, the person with the most money to spend still wins.
All bid amounts must be held in escrow (lockup) for about 2 weeks and the person with the highest bid, regardless of order, gets the domain after that. That’s pretty easy. It gets complicated when you add blinds & second-price.
Anyone can mask their bid by adding more money to their lockup, called a blind. No one knows the true amount of anyone else’s bid until after the end of the auction. You can bid 0.00 with a 1,000,000 blind, which appears to everyone else as a normal bid for 1,000,000. Eventually, all is revealed.
After blinds are removed, the highest bidder pays the second-price which is the bid amount of the next highest bidder. If the second-price is zero or there is no other bidder, then the domain is free to the winner of the auction, regardless of their own bid. They are returned an amount of money from their lockup equal to the difference between their bid and the second-price, called a “kanto,” and the final cost (minus mining fee) of the domain is burnt off the blockchain so that no-one can have it.
Everyone gets their blinds back in full and losers get their bids back in full (minus mining fees). The order of these events is speculated upon.
There is an open culture of bid sniping and if you want a domain, you are encouraged to bid high and use blinds efficiently, such as to prevent easy +1 bids over your true bid or griefy -1 bids that eat your whole lockup. Obscure domains can be won with a bid of 0 but this should not be expected, although a large mask can help.
If you have a NameBase, you can place bids with 2 clicks from any domain page or put in an offer on claimed names (do not make offers you cannot afford, you will be suspended).
My Problem With ICANN
While they do technically sort-of allow non-English language in certain situations, they should have taken a more proactive approach to multicultural adaptation as the primary authority of tEh iNtErNeT. Choosing not to was a bad idea.
I support the concept of a non-governmental entity controlling the majority of the Internet for reasons. This is fundamentally voluntary-association that demonstrates early attempts to decentralize global network access. Collaborating with world-governments to spread control of web standards was a good idea on paper, as is the general structure of ICANN.
They cross a line when they actively work to prohibit other systems or groups from equal-access. Their iron-grip on the basics of the Internet makes it exceptionally difficult for projects like Handshake to gain momentum. ICANN supposedly stagnates for data security but has had the time and the funding to upgrade their protocols in more inclusive, inviting, and innovative ways.
My biggest bone to pick with ICANN relates to their official policy on Unicode being used in any part of a domain name, specifically non-English characters in foreign languages. This was a complex issue decades ago and no-one really “solved” it because most users are “fine” typing URLs in ascii. But the technology exists to allow most anyone to type in their native tongue yet ICANN says no.
They don’t actually say no, they just strongly discourage it, although it is completely banned from gTLD and presumably ccTLD or whatever other TLD they control, which is already too far. Major registrars will not sell you Unicode SLD, nor do major gTLD allow Unicode SLD in the first place, in no small part due to pressure from ICANN which keeps most of the ccTLD in-line, as well.
This effectively forces the vast majority of humans to use English, whether they like it or not, if they want to connect and be a netizen. A remnant of imperial colonialism, assuming that everyone can just adapt to the cultural practices of the most powerful or popular group, regardless of their own personal heritage, hurts history, prevents progress, damages dynamics, & remits respect (or disrespect, depending on how you define “remit.”)
The Internet is a place of diversity, potential, communication, preservation, expression, freedom, education, and, as you know, much, much, much, much, much more. To limit the language that one must use to fully participate in this experience is unintuitive and decidedly not-dank.
If anything, ICANN should have always taken a neutral stance in the case of Unicode or issued clearly-optional guidelines and best-practices for both supporting and denying Unicode on any level of a domain, even if all non-language character-blocks were still discouraged in most capacities. However, I believe they should have directly encouraged the development of better language-script encoding & processing capabilities for the future of mankind. This may not be their obligation, but it is certainly their duty.
This is probably my longest and most-important guide, and it doesn’t even mention the pervasion of various “extremisms” within ICANN committees that enforce their own moral codes on content creation.
To be added to my directory, resolve ioni-o1xt/
These people did not ask to join my Directory:
Angrymouse/ operates hns.is and is teaching me much; he gave me ᠣ/ to play with. Glory to Ukraine🇺🇦
JohnnyWu/ is kind of a big deal; he showed me this Gather app that I want to use more.
These people requested to join my Directory:
[tiMaxal] operates altim/ selling many domains as cheap as $1 including a wide variety of Unicode domains, as well as emojimosaic/ highlighting other Emoji dealers and hnsgear/ for HNS merch. One time he spotted me some HNS to buy Korean slang.
I am not a genuine and authorized Director of The Handshake Project and so can you!