My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
Using Netscape browsers, I grew up watching the development up Web1 & Web2.
I saw the transition of power from the old-analog world, to the new-digital world.
I came to age, online, with BBS-forum communities; building new technology,
and new ideas, with groups of people, many whom I never met, from around the world.
Everyone did not understand the early “Internet”. Most people thought it was a fad.
And while many people ignored the Internet, many users did not protect it, or its ethos.
Now, while the world is repeating itself, or rhyming (with Web3 & Open Blockchain).
We see these similar effects happening all over again, with both people and users.
I want to be a delegate to help keep the ethos of Web3, Open Blockchain, ENS, (and the early Internet). The ENS naming system, and its functionality, is a core piece of infrastructure for Web3. It is critical that we promote the revolutionary, immutable, public-verifiable, community-based, open, resistant-to-censorship, and decentralized nature of Web3, Open Blockchain, and ENS.
I want to help protect ENS, increasing adoption, and expanding its use as a public good.
My view on each section of the proposed ENS Constitution:
Name ownership is an absolute right:
I agree. Name ownership is an absolute right. No one should be at risk of losing their name.
Everyone and every user has a right to have, own, and use a name; to been seen and heard.
Registration fees exist as an incentive mechanism:
I agree. Registration fees exist as an incentive mechanism to prevent the loss of ENS names.
Without the registration fees, the liquidity of ENS names would decrease over time. Without the registration fees, the loss of unique and sought after names would damage the network effect of the ENS protocol. Also, the registration fees prevent squatters/domainers from owning all names, without care or regard for the public good. Therefore, the registration fees provide a balance between a free market and a public good.
It is important to note: The registration fees, if increased without regard, could be an attack vector. This is why we want delegates that understand these many aspects of attack-risk and reward-balance, regarding the risks to the ethos of the public/open Blockchain.
Income funds ENS and other public goods:
I agree. Income from ENS, (including registration fees), does fund ENS and other public goods. We want to keep all the accounting and the funding information public, for ongoing transparency. We want to include the public for their input before we make decisions, for ongoing inclusion. We want to reinforce the absolute rights of users (for ENS and Web3), so everyone can enter this space, for both new and existing users; and for the next generation to protect and uphold.
ENS Integrates with the global namespace:
I agree. ENS Integrates with the global namespace, and this brings many use cases, which will help the transition of Web2 into Web3. Many people know, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”. We don’t want to fight the existing establishment, and we do not want to move backwards, either. Still, it has been shown, we can bridge the global name space into Web3, without compromising our core ethos.
This benefits ENS in many ways, but to name a few:
~Integrating with the global namespace increases the presence of Blockchain-native TLDs on Web2.
~Integrating with the global namespace prevents Web2/Web3 TLD name “collisions”.
~Integrating with the global namespace increases adoption of the ENS protocol.
~Integrating with the global namespace increases the network effect of ENS.
My Web3 qualifications / skills:
I am active in many Crypto/Web3 communities for years, helping users, and creating ENS/IPFS-based websites. I have 20+ years of experience working in Web2, from the East Coast to the San Francisco bay area, (where I first learned about Bitcoin/Blockkchain in ~2014).
Publicly, since 2016, I have been creating crypto content (including YouTube), holding in-person meetups (in New York State), and working with people in the Open Blockchain-Crypto industry.
I have been part of the ENS protocol, since before the auction launch in 2017 (pre-punk ENS).
I am fierce advocate of public-decentralization and Open Blockchain.