Q&A: The Twitter archive is at stake, how can we preserve the history of the Internet?

Sophia Yan
Sophia Yan

Twitter is taking on water, and if it sinks it could take a significant amount of people’s personal internet history with it. Users are urged to archive everything they care about on the app before it risks disappearing into the ether. This is another reminder of how most web content can disappear in an instant. Every major event of the past 16 years can be tracked from the vast depth of human insight stored on Twitter. How can such a monolith of information be so close to disappearance and how can we defend against such titanic disasters in the future?

Below are Q&As from an interview with Sophia Yan, co-founder of Numbers Protocol, a digital media library and digital media indexing system.

Why do you think it is important to make digital media assets traceable and verifiable?

Digital media is a BIG part of our daily lives. We consume it constantly because of the entertainment it offers and the limitless ways it can inform us. However, digital media as it is on the current internet has problems. Untraceable, unverifiable, easily copied and manipulated, today’s digital content lacks protection, trust and freedom.

Approximately 2.5 million unlicensed images are stolen every day, amounting to 600 billion in damages per day. Rampant disinformation makes it impossible to tell what is true or false. Big technology manipulates access to information. These are BIG issues and they affect our society. This is the main reason why we are providing the solution to make digital media assets traceable and verifiable.

While the entire world has little trust in digital media at an all-time low, Numbers Protocol aims to bring integrity and authenticity to the digital content space by creating a decentralized photography network where assets are both trackable and verifiable through our innovative products: Capture App, Numbers Search Engine, Seal API and Numbers Mainnet.

What were some successful use cases of Numbers Protocol?

The Numbers protocol has been successfully implemented in many relevant use cases such as Reuters coverage of the 2020 US presidential election and Ukraine, cataloging and preserving the world’s first Web3 war crimes evidence. Additionally, Numbers Protocol is also the foundation of the Web3.0 creator economy by partnering with a third-party organization, CreatorDAO, an advisory board of cross-industry creatives with expertise in Web3 art and technology. By making digital media traceable and verifiable, we will be able to address fundamental issues including but not limited to copyright, ownership, asset history, and royalty distribution. As an asset centric protocol, any digital assets including files, photos, audio tracks are within our purview with the same basic technical solutions: let the digital assets “speak” for themselves.

Other Numbers Protocol use cases have brought transparency to the vehicle resale and repair supply chain, copyright protection for the music platform, and how True Photos can help e-commerce.

What does the recent mainnet launch mean for the protocol and its roadmap?

Numbers as a resource-based protocol, we turn ordinary images into Web3 resources. To achieve this, there are three main factors to consider: storage, asset governance, and on-chain activity. Filecoin and IPFS provide the solution for storage, CreatorDAO provides the solution for governance. The remaining question is: what should be the foundational infrastructure for on-chain activities? The answer is Mainnet Number.

The launch of Mainnet unlocks the Numbers protocol and allows us to support the “full lifecycle” of the modern digital asset through integrity logging, native NFT minting, revenue sharing and other innovative work. Numbers Mainnet for both team and community is the latest and also the most important piece of the Numbers protocol. With it, we have the opportunity to become the center of digital media industry in the future of Web3.

‍While Numbers Mainnet is the culmination of years of hard work by the Numbers community and its supporters, it’s also just the beginning. Numbers Mainnet is the beginning of a journey that we hope will reshape digital media on the web. There is still quite a bit of work to be done. As our community is thriving and our partners grow, it will take much longer to see the full adoption of trackable and verifiable digital assets.

As for the Mainnet roadmap, our services include Capture App, Seal API, Numbers Search Engine and its SDK. Eventually, all services will be migrated to Numbers Mainnet. We will start with the Capture app, the migration includes moving registrations from IOTA to Numbers Mainnet, default NFT minting on Mainnet and most importantly using Mainnet NUM as the default cryptocurrency in the app instead of BEP20 NUM. The migration of the Capture app should be completed by March next year, then it will move to the APIs and then to the search engine.

Please tell me about Numbers Protocol and the mission and vision behind the project.

Numbers Protocol is an open source ecosystem for digital media, Web3’s Git for cross-chain resource tracking and management. Numbers Protocol’s vision is to build a library of digital media files to provide transparent and verifiable media reporting.

It is the first resource-centric protocol and supports the entire lifecycle of modern digital content. With so much manipulation, theft, and censorship, Numbers Protocol makes restoring trust in digital media a top priority. With Numbers Protocol, cross-chain information of digital media assets can be viewed or managed via API (off-chain) or Oracle (on-chain).

Numbers Protocol provides a complete solution for the digital media industry including:

Capture apps: The world’s first Web3 camera app, enabling creators to secure and monetize digital assets.

Number search engine: The first Web 3.0 cross-network search engine. It supports token, CID and reverse image search for Web 3.0 and NFT photos to provide the complete picture of digital media files.

API Seal: An API for minting NFTs, storing files on IPFS, and registering files as Web 3.0 resources.

Main network of numbers: Enable anyone to create an on-chain proof of digital media files. Numbers Blockchain is a digital media library and indexing system that aims to provide the media consumer with a complete picture.

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