Whether you’re a developer or a user, these are the requirements for a truly decentralized app. If it lacks any of these, your app can (and should be assumed that it WILL) be censored:
No reliance on legacy DNS.
- While you CAN make use of DNS as an additional measure, your app should still fully function even if the entire DNS system is compromised and/or your domain name confiscated. You should think of the DNS as only a gateway for legacy users to find your services.
No reliance on a centralized account creation system.
- User accounts should be created client side ONLY, like a cryptocurrency wallet. The app’s concern with the user account should ONLY be that the user cryptographicly signs their communication with you, using their private key and you use their public key to transmit private data from you to them.
Deployment of the app should NOT depend on a centralized app publisher.
- The app should be obtainable if you or your company or your organization cease to exist. This does not mean that you can’t ALSO deploy to centralized app stores, but those should be SECONDARY. You should also dissuade your users away from centralized app stores.
User’s personal data should ONLY be stored on their own device
- OR encrypted with their public key before being stored remotely to their choice of external storage.
- All remote storage should be stored on a decentralized storage platform (The user’s SiaCoin or FileCoin accounts, for example. For published data, IPFS and/or a blockchain). This doesn’t mean you can’t also make use of centralized platforms. In fact, make use of popular centralized cloud storage like Amazon S3, DropBox, Google Drive, etc, but encourage the user to add 3 of those to their storage preferences and you encrypt their data locally, with their public key, then replicate it, like RAID 3, across at least 3 or more centralized storage platforms.
- Creator monetization should NOT be controlled by the app creator. The app creator should only facilitate code in their app to allow independent users to pay, directly, to each other, using a system outside the control of the app creator (such as cryptocurrencies).
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