The Obsidian Platform is a Stratis fork, which uses the Blackcoin staking protocol and delivers a compounded annual return on your staked ODN. This means if you start staking with 10.000 ODN, at the end of the year you won't end up with 11.000 ODN, but 11.047,13 ODN as your weight increases per stake, thus allowing you to stake just a bit faster.
Being a fork of Stratis also means Obsidian can focus more on applications and real world use, rather than being yet another chain which appears to focus on nothing but the chain. The reason for forking and not building on Stratis is that Stratis might implement changes on the chain which negatively affect the working applications - a loophole might appear, or a breach in security, which could be taken advantage of. By creating a fork, the developers retain full control over what's being done to the network, and can cherry-pick updates which benefit it.
The intended goal for the platform is to host a wide array of applications aimed at individual users - the masses, so to say. The Obsidian Secure Messenger is an insane proof-of-concept which shows the viability of such a project.
While the platform is focussed on complete anonymization and privacy, the coin remains as anonymous as bitcoin is. At this time there are no special protocols in place to obfuscate transfers.
As is the case with any platform, actual use is attained by drawing third party developers to utilise the platform for their applications. What the Obsidian Company intends to do is find and/or help any developer that aims to create a private/anonymous application and will help them in every way they can to put this out on the platform and close any possible loop holes. In doing so more applications will end up on the Obsidian blockchain, which will increase the rate of fees spent and paid out to master node holders.
Simply start writing your project in C# and contact the team. They will provide you with any assistance you may require.
The Obsidian currency (ODN) is technically its own coin as it has its own blockchain and isn’t dependent on some other service to provide a token, as some other related crypto-messaging apps are (Status and E-Chat ). The coin exists as an incentive to keep the network running in the form of public distributed masternodes. Hosting a masternode returns a fee bonus to the host in the form of ODN coins. ODN may also be described as the “gas” that fuels transactions on the network. In summary, ODN exists to pay hosts for supporting the Obsidian network.
The wallets can be found here: https://github.com/obsidianplatform/Obsidian-Qt/releases
The coin itself is used in two ways:
The first is that it is used as a financial incentive for master node holders to participate in the network. The reward consists of 20 ODN per awarded block. The importance lies in the fact that the master nodes essentially create the network from which the applications derive the decentralized structure. Rather than hosting a central data center, which is subject to several privacy infringing possibilities, the network is created by participants running their wallets from home or through virtual private servers.
The second use case is one will be able to pay other users directly through the OSM. Glass will also utilise this feature as means of payment to professionals listed in the application.
Yes, a total amount of 8800096.6 ODN has been burned. These are coins that were not sold during the public sale and have been burned as promised in the whitepaper. To find this on the blockchain, please enter OP_Return in the search field.
The coins have been distributed in the following manner:
-15% ODN (14.7 million coins) will be distributed among the members of the core team.
-25% ODN (24.5 million coins) will be sent to multiple accounts to be used for direct OSM licensing, integration and ongoing development. ODN from this allocation will in addition provide ODN opens as an incentive for 2nd tier developers, designers, marketing, advertising and any other ongoing Obsidian costs.
60% ODN (58.8 million coins) will be sent to another escrow address and this part will be offered to the interested parties in the ICO and Pre-sale.
-50% of this will be available to exchange for ETH and BTC in the ICO
-50% will be reserved for VC funding and strategic partnerships.
-30% Will be used for advertising, marketing, developers, daily operational costs of the company and similar expenses. This will also include a monthly salary for the core and 2nd tier members of the team.
-20% Will be kept as company assets, for ensuing compliance with all the appropriate regulatory agencies.
The remaining amount will be divided between the core founding members. The final use and distribution of the second half of the ICO final amount will always be decided by the majority vote of ICO founders and is intended for funding ongoing Obsidian-related work.
The block explorer may be found here: https://blockexplorer.obsidianplatform.com/
First off, acquiring a connection might simply take a while. Try and wait for ~45 minutes and see if it’s connected. If not, you can try the following steps:
First, try set your router to uPnP and forward the following ports: 56660 and 56661
f you’re unsure on how to forward ports, please take a look at the following website: https://portforward.com/router.htm
If you still can not manage to receive a connection, you can try to manually add nodes:
1: Run the wallet and go to the menu: Help/Debug Window
2: Go to the Console tab
3: Type at the prompt:
addnode seed1.obsidianplatform.com add
addnode seed2.obsidianplatform.com add
addnode 18.104.22.168 add
Wait a couple of minutes again.
The OSM is an incredibly crafted messenger application akin to Whatsapp and/or Telegram. It utilises the latest encryption technologies to create the ultimate anonymous messenger. It stands as the flagship application as promised in the whitepaper and at this moment is the only application created by the core team.
The main difference between the OSM and it's competitors is that they will never sacrifice security for utility. This is undebatable.
Please have a look at the following chart to see how the OSM distuingishes itself from other messenger applications.
For the moment, the beta is only accessible for Android. For more information and to download please visit our informational site: https://osm.obsidianplatform.com.
The messenger app offers end-to-end-message encryption with perfect forward secrecy (PFS) relying on Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellmann (ECDH). Obsidian IDs are identifiers related to Curve25519 signing keys. The messages are furthermore encrypted through 256 Bit symmetric encryption.
The OSM itself does not run through the blockchain, but rather it hitches along on it. Think of the Obsidian network as a railway and the messages being sent are the trains that run on it. This provides several benefits:
1: No messages are permanently stored on the blockchain. This increases security, because despite the incredible encryptions used another party might still pluck a message from the network and, given enough time and sufficient technology, could brute-force the encryption. Mind you, with the current technology it would take on average more than 100 years to break through this encryption.
2: No network congestion. The network could be spammed with messages by bots, but this would not negatively affect the blockchain in any way. It's seperated.
3: If messages were sent through the blockchain, we would be dependent on its block time. It would take one minute for a message to be received, which makes for poor conversations.
Neither for now. To explain:
Group chats are extremely difficult to keep secure, as the key exchange required for security provides a lot of challenges.
Phone calls require a direct IP connections which may give away your location. It will be possible, however, to send for example pre-recorded voice messages.
No data is stored on the blockchain, it is merely relayed via the master nodes. The only people that hold a copy of the sent text or file are yourself and your contact.
If the message can be delivered, it will be delivered and dropped from the network. If not, it will be saved in the RAM memory of a master node's hardware. If there are too many messages for the RAM memory, it will start storing them on the HDD.
Obsidian Glass is an application designed to utilise the OSM, taking full advantage of the security it offers to preserve the anonimity of someone in need of a service. Glass works as a one way mirror through which the contactor is able to see the service provider, while the service provider can not see who the contacting party is.
In its essence, Glass is a communications market place.
To sum up a few professions and organisations which may benefit: Journalists, lawyers, accountaints, therapists, Alcoholics Anonymous, Planned Parenthood, Suicide Hotline.
Journalists can be contacted by informants or whistleblowers without fear of exposure of the contacting party
Being able to contact a lawyer without exposing yourself
Bring anonymous tips to the police without fear of it being traced back to you
Asking advice from planned parenthood without fear of your environment finding out
These are just very few out of a myriad of possibilites. By allowing individuals to retain their anonimity, they remain in complete control. This also tremendously lowers the threshold in asking for help, as the shame factor which is inherent in all people dissipates.
Glass uses the infrastructure of the OSM to create a one way mirror to allow anyone requesting a service to do so in anonymity. In it's basis, both parties are anonymous, but Glass couples a specific OSM identifier to a whitelisted professional or institution. In this way, Glass guarantees you are, in fact, talking to the person you require.
Glass is an initiative from sagemark who, while a member of the core team, has tasked this application to his own team on his own accord. Therefore it is not a core team application, but rather the very first third party application to be developed on the platform.
OBSIDIAN SECURE MESSENGER:
-Next OSM beta for Android on 19th January (already released. Next eta tba shortly)
-Create a test plan and implement UAT testing (current task)
-Approach the v1.0 features and quality till mid-February
-First Windows 10 beta (after complete rewrite) till end of January
-Hire a qualified C#/iOS developer who is able to reuse the current common OSM code base and concentrate on iOS UI.
-Altogether Android, iOS and Windows 10 releases should be neat, production quality apps and available from the app stores till end Q1 2018.
-First version of the OSM platform API
-Update Obsidian-Qt (maintenance only)
-Port the Stratis Breeze wallet to Obsidian in preparation of Q2
BEYOND CORE DEVELOPMENT:
-Planning Q1 2018 (business development)
-New quality exchange listings
-Integration in payment providers such as coinpayments.net, so that you can go shopping with your ODN.
-Work with OPL on a framework/agreement how we can make it easy, safe and profitable to build businesses and apps in the Obsidian ecosystem, e.g. by setting up guidelines to use the Obsidian name/logo in projects others build for Obsidian independently.
The goal is to make Obsidian a community-owned project like Bitcoin, where everyone can contribute or base a business on without asking.
-Use the upcoming Obsidian paper trading exchange for research in decentralised exchanges and learn how to implement atomic cross-chain transaction (Continues in Q2)
-Integrate the ODN C# wallet into OSM, to also allow for sending ODN in messages.
-Use the upcoming Obsidian paper trading exchange for research in decentralised exchanges and learn how to implement atomic cross-chain transaction
OBSIDIAN SECURE MESSENGER:
-Decentralization of messaging nodes (Continued in Q4)
-SegWit for ODN softfork, Lightning Network tests (Continued in Q4)
OBSIDIAN SECURE MESSENGER:
-Decentralization of messaging nodes.
-SegWit for ODN softfork, Lightning Network tests
No, ODN is a Proof-of-Stake coin, which means it cannot be mined. Instead, coin holders are rewarded by actively participating in the network. Based on the amount you stake, you are paid out in blocks of 20 ODN. Your total stake should average up to about 10% per year.
For the time being the amount will increase by 10% per year due to staking. When master nodes go live, this amount is expected to be reduced by rewarding master nodes from transaction fees.
Essentially, nodes capable of generating blocks have to provide proof that they have access to a certain amount of coins before being accepted by the network.
For greater detail you may read the blackcoin protocol whitepaper, as this is the same protocol ODN uses: https://blackcoin.co/blackcoin-pos-protocol-v2-whitepaper.pdf
Block times stand at 1 minute, the size at 1mb per block for now. Segwit has been added to the roadmap for 2018.
The community members that have created these guides can be found on the Obsidian Discord channel and are often ready to help: https://discordapp.com/invite/Wyagm4f