Blockstack Introduces App.co a Universal Directory for dApps
Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation – Blockstack PBC – released app.co, a directory for decentralized applications (dApps). In this way, Blockstack is one step closer to its vision of web 3.0. The information has been released by Blockstack in a blog post on May the 16th.
Ryan Shea, co-founder of the company, explained that the main purpose is to bridge the gap between decentralized app developers and users. The project will be open for developers and would allow them to discover and research new solutions and dapps.
Mr. Shea explained:
“The goal here is to demonstrate, to really bring together app developers and users and provide value in connecting the two. We want to help users discover decentralized applications. We launched our browser last year which was a great success, and after that we started noticing people were building real apps on top of our platform, and this last year we were focused on learning from them.”
At the moment, the most important technological companies in the world have their decentralized counterparts. For example, WhatsApp has a decentralized application known as Stealthy, YouTube’s counterpart is known as DTube, Google docs has another dApp named Graphite, and Twitter’s decentralized alternative is dubbed Peepeth.
Blockstack has also explained what qualifies as decentralized application, and they use the following criteria to evaluate whether an application is centralized or not:
- Do customers own their network identity? Can anyone else revoke it?
- Is private user data encrypted with user-owned keys?
- Is customer data stored on decentralized networks with reconfigurable APIs?
- Is the app open source? Can community members contribute or fork the software?
- Is the app publishable and hostable by others on any single company?
They also include in this criteria if the app is running on the client side or on a server, and they ask whether the app limit or communicate the scope of data logging or not.
The blog post reads as follows:
“Decentralized apps represent the many doors people can walk through to enter the decentralized Internet. Each user may be enticed by different doors, depending on what they’re interested in or what they need fulfilled. They might be a freelancer looking to earn tokens for completing tasks; an activist or journalist in need of an uncensorable microblogging platform; or a cat lover and cartoon art enthusiast. The Dapp Store is the portal to all of these decentralized apps.”