What if there really was a place for everything and everything was already in its place?
Hashing is the free & open source system to publicly reference something in our world. Everything can now be referenced PUBLICLY using only its name (or location). By using the open source Bitcoin code to create predictable reference numbers everyone can generate the exact same codes and so its easy to link things together into a single global view.
Quick Start guide for Hashing to the public domain
This is how to record something in the public domain. Once it has been written your entry will be time and date stamped in the public network and will be permanently accessible until the end of time, to everyone. There is no need to login or register to access the information. It will be published in PUBLIC, it can never be censored or removed. This is how everyone can safely say something they need to say, in a way that can be easily shared with everyone else on the planet. Bad actors beware!
Step 1. Say you have something that you want to publish in public so you can draw attention to it. A topical example might be that you want to connect some information to the word ‘COVID-19’ such as this link to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center map at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html or it could be some feedback about a test kit you bought from a website page.
Literally you can hash anything you want to be able to PUBLICLY REFERENCE without necessarily wanting to link it to your name or any of your existing online profiles.
Step 2. Let’s use the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus map as an example, we’re going to connect it to the word ‘COVID-19’ in the public domain so you can easily find it again or so you can can easily direct other people to it. So we type COVID-19 into the hash-it box at https://www.publicdomain.live and see that it has been hashed already because there is a page for it with the COVID-19 label shown in green at the top of the page.
Click the Copy Hash link to copy the hash for COVID-19 onto our clipboard so we can use it in a minute.
COVID-19 translates to CAF96D0A55DECAA41CDBFB2E0376CF8A290AEB30989F8494A1F2B4F87EB72630 and this long number will now be on your clipboard ready to paste.
You can hash absolutely ANYTHING in the world (it actually uses the Bitcoin algorithm to do it) anything from a single letter or word, to an entire book, song or movie. Absolutely anything in the world can be condensed down into one of these hashes.
A hash is always 64 characters. If you change even a single letter of what you hash, then the whole hash changes.So COVID-19 and COVID 19 and Covid 19 will all produce totally different hashes.
Step 3. To link the Johns Hopkins map to the hash page for COVID-19 you do this by sending a micro-transaction using a digital currency such as 0.0001 of TLOS or ACORN to the publicdomain account on Telos using ANY compatible wallet. The most popular wallets for Telos are the Sqrl wallet or the eos-voter wallet which was updated and rebranded as the Anchor wallet in 2020. There are also mobile wallets such as CoolX for Android and iOS and many others too numerous to mention (Google ‘eosio mobile wallet’ to find them all).Now I create a transaction in my wallet by clicking ‘Send Tokens’ and make a tiny transfer to the publicdomain account with the hash and my link in the memo field, as shown in the image. The hash and the content are separated by a space so anything after the space is just treated as content. Before you click, CHECK IT(there is no undo on the blockchain!) and click Confirm.
Step 4. To check your submission is visible on the public blockchain you can use one of the websites which reads it such as our prototype at https://www.publicdomain.live and type in the word you hashed, in this case ‘COVID-19’ and your entry will appear on the page after a few minutes. If the label has already been set it will show in green when it is the same as the hash, and so new content is listed in the second position below the label.You can copy the link of the hash page and everything on this page can now be socialised using only that single link. Here is the link to the hash page for the ‘COVID-19’ phrasehttps://www.publicdomain.live/hash/CAF96D0A55DECAA41CDBFB2E0376CF8A290AEB30989F8494A1F2B4F87EB72630
Here is the same information on another site that is using the same PUBLIC index (note only the domain is different, the hash is and will always be the same no matter which site you are viewing the index through)
This page and the information on it will now be there forever under the word ‘COVID-19’ on the publicdomain.live website and an unlimited number of other sites that also use the publicdomain index.
An unlimited number of other people can also add their resources to the same page.
Step 5. As well as hashing content, you can also link hashes together, like linking categories. For example maybe you made a new hash page for ‘Coronavirus testing’ and you want to link it to the ‘COVID-19’ hash page. You can do this by just including the two hashes together in one transaction.
Separate two hashes with a space and anything after the second hash will be interpreted as the label or content. The second hash will be linked from the first using the included content as the label.
So, HASH1 HASH2 Label-for-HASH2
If you want to try an example, see if you can link your town to your country like these other account holders have done
Please Note: The information published in the public domain is not owned by Telos or Telos UK or anyone, it is public and anything put there will be for the benefit or detriment of everyone. It can never be edited or removed, ever (unless you can destroy the Telos blockchain and all its block producers!).
Our corporation Advanta Productions Limited does hold the private key for the publicdomain account on Telos, but once something is written to a blockchain network nothing can ever be edited or deleted even if you have the private key for the account it was sent to. The private key for the publicdomain account will enable us to access funds sent to the account and these funds will be treated as revenue as this forms part of the business model and supports us being able to invest in developing the system.
Currently under development as well as working towards a more pleasing interface with a fully mobile responsive option, are plans for a public eco-system based around the publishing of pages in the public domain in return for small bounty rewards.
The keyword pages and namespaces that are all so expensive on Google or other search engines are all empty at the moment and these can potentially become global public marketplaces in their own right. So the plan is that initially bounty rewards can be earned by creating hash pages from some of the saved searches, so if there are hash pages you would like to see then just save your searches at https://www.publicdomain.live and it might magically appear one day if it’s interesting enough for someone to sponsor it.
To elevate your skills and learn how to earn these bounties, you can visit https://www.ACORNS.fun/1GSS and get qualified as a 1GSS(Gold Star Squirrel!) if you can solve the 6 challenges from bigsquirrel1 who will post your certification on-chain if you have next level squirrel skills!
Thank you for your interest in hashing and we look forward to seeing how people use it as part of the new rebooted post COVID-19 world that we’re all learning to build.
Originally published 19th December 2019 | Last Updated 13th June 2020