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Welcome to the Crossroads of Project SAFE, and Technology and Choice podcasts. Safecrossroads covers the technology, applications, ideas and people of SAFE Network, where SAFE stands for Secure Access For Everyone, with the keynote of Privacy, Security and Freedom for all.Technology and Choice covers almost anything viewed through the lens created by the concepts of technology and choice, taken together.Your host is John Ferguson, the Simpleton of the Project SAFE, because sometimes it takes a simpleton to ask the right questions. After all, we can't all be geeks.Visit www.safecrossroads.net and technologyandchoice.com for additional blog posts and articles.-----------------------------------------------------------

Latest Episodes

SAFE Crossroads #55, Vaults Phase 1, with Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber

It is a delight to have back two previous guests, Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber, for a wide-ranging conversation that touches on many advances in SAFE Network development. Centering around the recently released Vault program library, we explore the implications of other advances, including new data types, how they relate to each other, safecoin integration, and a lot more. The concept of the Perpetual Web--private, secure and free--takes on much greater clarity. Enjoy. Music Safe Crossroads Beta, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes Links [New Release: Phase 1 Vaults-- Medium article](https://medium.com/safenetwork/new-release-phase-1-vaults-9c0d24661c1) [maidsafe.net](https://maidsafe.net/) [safenetwork.tech](https://safenetwork.tech/)-- The best place to start to get an understand of the SAFE Network as a whole [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org/)-- SAFE Network community forum [safecrossroads.net](https://safecrossroads....

57 MINSEP 14
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SAFE Crossroads #55, Vaults Phase 1, with Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber

SAFE Crossroads #54, From a UX Point of View, with Jim Collinson

The SAFE Network is a project of such large scope, doing things that have never been done, it can be hard to wrap one's head around the whole thing without a lot of work. But in the end it is for people to use. It needs to be easily adopted and made to work by everyone. As core development progresses rapidly towards beta launch, tracking the evolution of the user experience (UX) development can help everyone understand the potentialities for this vast project from a practical, people-empowering perspective. To help us with that we talk to Jim Collinson, a UX Designer at MaidSafe. He walks us through some of the approaches and priorities of UX design in general, and shares insights about the process of evolving UX in parallel to the core team putting final form to the networks basic functionality. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS https://maidsafe.net https://safenetwork.tech -- The best place to start to get an understand of the SAFE Network as a whole Designing the New Internet: SAFE Network UX Roadmap --https://safenetforum.org/t/designing-the-new-internet-safe-network-ux-roadmap/29089 -- Article under discussion, part one Designing the New Internet: How We’ll Get There -- https://safenetforum.org/t/designing-the-new-internet-how-well-get-there/29095 -- Article under discussion, part two Safecoin: The best thing to do is just forget about it --https://safecrossroads.net/articles/safecoin-the-best-thing-to-do-is-just-forget-about-it/ -- Previous article about Safecoin not being the primary focus of the SAFE Network project https://safenetforum.org -- SAFE Network community forum https://safecrossroads.net -- Home site for this podcast

58 MINJUL 25
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SAFE Crossroads #54, From a UX Point of View, with Jim Collinson

SAFE Crossroads #53, A QUIC SAFE Solution, with Spandan Sharma

MaidSafe's Crust (Connections in Rust) program library was necessary due to lack of existing tech to do what was needed for the SAFE Network. The QUIC protocol has evolved and now provides a connection solution which the whole internet will likely be moving to--really great for the internet at large, and really handy for the SAFE Network's development. The SAFE project will be an early adopter, because the protocol already contains the needed functionality to make further development of Crust unnecessary. We talk about this move, the nature of both Crust and QUIC, and more, with MaidSafe's back-end lead, Spandan Shamar. As usual Spandan is very helpful in breaking this all down for us simple folks, but hopefully being informative to dev types, as well. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS safenetwork.tech - https://safenetwork.tech SAFE Crossroads Podcast #22 SAFE School, Class V, Connecting All - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/safe-crossroads-podcast-22-safe-school-class-v-connecting-all/ SAFE Crossroads #46, Connection Needs of an Autonomous Network, with Spandan Sharma - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/safe-crossroads-46-connection-needs-of-an-autonomous-network-with-spandan-sharma QUIC, Quinn and Crust: an Update - https://safenetforum.org/t/quic-quinn-crust-an-update/28455 Post re SAFE Network Project Plan/Roadmap - https://safenetforum.org/t/the-2019-safe-network-roadmap-project-plan/28533

51 MINMAY 15
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SAFE Crossroads #53, A QUIC SAFE Solution, with Spandan Sharma

SAFE Crossroads #52, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 2, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

This is part 2 of a wide ranging discussion about the SAFE Network, with the two people most familiar with all aspects of it, MaidSAFE's Founder and CEO, David Irvine and CTO, Viv Rajkumar. To guide our discussion we focused on the 21 Fundamentals of the SAFE Network as linked below. Amongst many other great insights, in this section David goes briefly over each fundamental and summarizes where each stands -- i.e., what's done and what is yet to be done. ####Music *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [The Fundamentals of the SAFE Network](https://safenetforum.org/t/safe-network-fundamentals-context/25352) [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org) [All the encryption layers for SAFEnet](https://safenetforum.org/t/all-the-encryption-layers-for-safenet/2270) -- Very useful forum post [SAFE Network School](https://safecrossroads.net/safe-network-school/) -- A SAFE Crossroads Series

54 MINFEB 6
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SAFE Crossroads #52, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 2, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

SAFE Crossroads #51, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 1, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

I had the honor of a 2+ hour conversation with the two people most familiar with all aspects of the SAFE Network, MaidSAFE's Founder and CEO, David Irvine and CTO, Viv Rajkumar. To guide our discussion we focused on the 21 Fundamentals of the SAFE Network as linked below. We had a very far-ranging discussion from high to medium altitude, touching on all aspects of the whats and whys that make this project so unique and far-reaching. ####Music *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [The Fundamentals of the SAFE Network](https://safenetforum.org/t/safe-network-fundamentals-context/25352) [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org) [Safecoin: The Best Think to Do is Just Forget About It](https://safecrossroads.net/articles/safecoin-the-best-thing-to-do-is-just-forget-about-it/) --Article [SAFE Network School](https://safecrossroads.net/safe-network-school/) --A SAFE Crossroads Series

73 MINFEB 1
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SAFE Crossroads #51, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 1, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

TC 44, How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

We last talked with Jim McCanney back in March 2018 when he had recently been selected as one of five international finalists in the Water Abundance Xprize. In this episode we follow up to find out what happened. In addition to that we do a good coverage of the technologies he's developed to efficiently extract water from the air and, more importantly, how to power the process with his Wing Generator, his game-changing development in using the wind to generate power for any (and almost all) uses. If you are not familiar with his Wing Generator Project, I guarantee that you have seen nothing quite like this. It's brilliant, and when you get the picture you're certain to agree. Then the question is, What are we going to do about it? If you are interested in pursuing one of the approaches we discuss, contact Jim at his website below, or contact your host at simpleton@safecrossroads.net #### Music *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links TC 30 - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog...

57 MINJAN 23
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TC 44, How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

SAFE Crossroads #50, Native Android Development for SAFE, with Lionel Faber

As the various parts of SAFE Network development come together, facility for mobile access to and use of the network becomes a greater priority. Most individuals now use mobile devices for a large part, if not all, of their internet access. Our guest is Lionel Faber, a front-end developer with MaidSafe's remote office in Chennai, India. We talk about mobile development for SAFE in general and the new developer tools for native Android apps in particular. The SAFE Network offers something unique: the opportunity to make truly decentralized apps that interact directly with the network rather than requiring for servers to be maintained. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS safenetwork.tech - https://safenetwork.tech SAFE Developer Hub - https://hub.safedev.org SAFE Developer Forum - https://forum.safedev.org Forum post: Release of Platform Development for Android -- https://safenetforum.org/t/release-of-pl...

33 MINJAN 15
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SAFE Crossroads #50, Native Android Development for SAFE, with Lionel Faber

TC 43, High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

John and Robert probe questions regarding the level of technology appropriate to different situations, and we try to isolate some touchstones for selecting the right type, level and amount technology to employ. As fodder we talk a lot about Robert's different situations as simple farmer on the one hand, and as a writer, publisher and internet marketer on the other. We'd really like the input from the listeners on what you think about and how you find the balance. Email at simpleton@safecrossroads.net. MUSIC *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. LINKS The Decentalization Itch - https://technologyandchoice.com/articles/2015/07/the-decentralization-itch/ Text The Decentalization Itch - https://soundcloud.com/safecrossroads/the-decentralization-itch Audio version

50 MINJAN 10
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TC 43, High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

TC 42, Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

Our regular guest/co-host, Robert Worstell, and I talk about the year-long project he just completed to train himself in fiction writing, and documenting the process for others who are interested in writing, especially professionally. We go over what he set out to do, what he did, his statistics, and what he learned. There is so much here that is applicable to learning any subject or technology professionally that it is useful to anyone. Enjoy. See the notes below for some free material from Robert, especially for listeners, as well a links to a distillation of the important lessons he learned in the process of doing his project. MUSIC Bumper music: *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. LINKS Robert’s free stuff for listeners of this episode - https://livesensical.com/following-dr-robert-c-worstell-firehose-fresh-content/https://livesensical.com/following-dr-robert-c-worstell-firehose-fresh-content/ Main link - https://calm.li/LiveSensicalLibrary 9 Key Lessons From A Year of Pulp ...

46 MINJAN 2
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TC 42, Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

SAFE Crossroads #49, What's so Special About the SAFE Browser?

MaidSafe just released a completely in-house version of the SAFE Browser with some very cutting-edge features and toggles to explore experimental features. It's still rough-cut,as browser experiences go, but it opens the door to some very advanced development options as the SAFE Network matures toward readiness for launch. Helping us get a feel for this step forward are two of the MaidSafe front-end developers most responsible for this new step: Gabriel Viganotti and Josh Wilson. Understanding where the SAFE Browser has come from, where it is and where it's going can give one new insight and a real feel for why SAFE Network development is really in a field of its own. MUSIC "Safe Crossroads Beta", an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS Dynamic Membership https://safenetforum.org/t/new-video-blog-post-dynamic-membership/26724%20- Text and Video The Article the Internet Doesn't Want You to Read - https://safenetforum.org/t/new-medium-ar...

49 MIN2018 DEC 20
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SAFE Crossroads #49, What's so Special About the SAFE Browser?

Latest Episodes

SAFE Crossroads #55, Vaults Phase 1, with Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber

It is a delight to have back two previous guests, Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber, for a wide-ranging conversation that touches on many advances in SAFE Network development. Centering around the recently released Vault program library, we explore the implications of other advances, including new data types, how they relate to each other, safecoin integration, and a lot more. The concept of the Perpetual Web--private, secure and free--takes on much greater clarity. Enjoy. Music Safe Crossroads Beta, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes Links [New Release: Phase 1 Vaults-- Medium article](https://medium.com/safenetwork/new-release-phase-1-vaults-9c0d24661c1) [maidsafe.net](https://maidsafe.net/) [safenetwork.tech](https://safenetwork.tech/)-- The best place to start to get an understand of the SAFE Network as a whole [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org/)-- SAFE Network community forum [safecrossroads.net](https://safecrossroads....

57 MINSEP 14
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SAFE Crossroads #55, Vaults Phase 1, with Nikita Baksalyar and Lionel Faber

SAFE Crossroads #54, From a UX Point of View, with Jim Collinson

The SAFE Network is a project of such large scope, doing things that have never been done, it can be hard to wrap one's head around the whole thing without a lot of work. But in the end it is for people to use. It needs to be easily adopted and made to work by everyone. As core development progresses rapidly towards beta launch, tracking the evolution of the user experience (UX) development can help everyone understand the potentialities for this vast project from a practical, people-empowering perspective. To help us with that we talk to Jim Collinson, a UX Designer at MaidSafe. He walks us through some of the approaches and priorities of UX design in general, and shares insights about the process of evolving UX in parallel to the core team putting final form to the networks basic functionality. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS https://maidsafe.net https://safenetwork.tech -- The best place to start to get an understand of the SAFE Network as a whole Designing the New Internet: SAFE Network UX Roadmap --https://safenetforum.org/t/designing-the-new-internet-safe-network-ux-roadmap/29089 -- Article under discussion, part one Designing the New Internet: How We’ll Get There -- https://safenetforum.org/t/designing-the-new-internet-how-well-get-there/29095 -- Article under discussion, part two Safecoin: The best thing to do is just forget about it --https://safecrossroads.net/articles/safecoin-the-best-thing-to-do-is-just-forget-about-it/ -- Previous article about Safecoin not being the primary focus of the SAFE Network project https://safenetforum.org -- SAFE Network community forum https://safecrossroads.net -- Home site for this podcast

58 MINJUL 25
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SAFE Crossroads #54, From a UX Point of View, with Jim Collinson

SAFE Crossroads #53, A QUIC SAFE Solution, with Spandan Sharma

MaidSafe's Crust (Connections in Rust) program library was necessary due to lack of existing tech to do what was needed for the SAFE Network. The QUIC protocol has evolved and now provides a connection solution which the whole internet will likely be moving to--really great for the internet at large, and really handy for the SAFE Network's development. The SAFE project will be an early adopter, because the protocol already contains the needed functionality to make further development of Crust unnecessary. We talk about this move, the nature of both Crust and QUIC, and more, with MaidSafe's back-end lead, Spandan Shamar. As usual Spandan is very helpful in breaking this all down for us simple folks, but hopefully being informative to dev types, as well. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS safenetwork.tech - https://safenetwork.tech SAFE Crossroads Podcast #22 SAFE School, Class V, Connecting All - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/safe-crossroads-podcast-22-safe-school-class-v-connecting-all/ SAFE Crossroads #46, Connection Needs of an Autonomous Network, with Spandan Sharma - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/safe-crossroads-46-connection-needs-of-an-autonomous-network-with-spandan-sharma QUIC, Quinn and Crust: an Update - https://safenetforum.org/t/quic-quinn-crust-an-update/28455 Post re SAFE Network Project Plan/Roadmap - https://safenetforum.org/t/the-2019-safe-network-roadmap-project-plan/28533

51 MINMAY 15
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SAFE Crossroads #53, A QUIC SAFE Solution, with Spandan Sharma

SAFE Crossroads #52, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 2, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

This is part 2 of a wide ranging discussion about the SAFE Network, with the two people most familiar with all aspects of it, MaidSAFE's Founder and CEO, David Irvine and CTO, Viv Rajkumar. To guide our discussion we focused on the 21 Fundamentals of the SAFE Network as linked below. Amongst many other great insights, in this section David goes briefly over each fundamental and summarizes where each stands -- i.e., what's done and what is yet to be done. ####Music *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [The Fundamentals of the SAFE Network](https://safenetforum.org/t/safe-network-fundamentals-context/25352) [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org) [All the encryption layers for SAFEnet](https://safenetforum.org/t/all-the-encryption-layers-for-safenet/2270) -- Very useful forum post [SAFE Network School](https://safecrossroads.net/safe-network-school/) -- A SAFE Crossroads Series

54 MINFEB 6
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SAFE Crossroads #52, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 2, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

SAFE Crossroads #51, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 1, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

I had the honor of a 2+ hour conversation with the two people most familiar with all aspects of the SAFE Network, MaidSAFE's Founder and CEO, David Irvine and CTO, Viv Rajkumar. To guide our discussion we focused on the 21 Fundamentals of the SAFE Network as linked below. We had a very far-ranging discussion from high to medium altitude, touching on all aspects of the whats and whys that make this project so unique and far-reaching. ####Music *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [The Fundamentals of the SAFE Network](https://safenetforum.org/t/safe-network-fundamentals-context/25352) [SAFE Network Forum](https://safenetforum.org) [Safecoin: The Best Think to Do is Just Forget About It](https://safecrossroads.net/articles/safecoin-the-best-thing-to-do-is-just-forget-about-it/) --Article [SAFE Network School](https://safecrossroads.net/safe-network-school/) --A SAFE Crossroads Series

73 MINFEB 1
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SAFE Crossroads #51, SAFE Network Fundamentals, Part 1, with David Irvine and Viv Rajkumar

TC 44, How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

We last talked with Jim McCanney back in March 2018 when he had recently been selected as one of five international finalists in the Water Abundance Xprize. In this episode we follow up to find out what happened. In addition to that we do a good coverage of the technologies he's developed to efficiently extract water from the air and, more importantly, how to power the process with his Wing Generator, his game-changing development in using the wind to generate power for any (and almost all) uses. If you are not familiar with his Wing Generator Project, I guarantee that you have seen nothing quite like this. It's brilliant, and when you get the picture you're certain to agree. Then the question is, What are we going to do about it? If you are interested in pursuing one of the approaches we discuss, contact Jim at his website below, or contact your host at simpleton@safecrossroads.net #### Music *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links TC 30 - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog...

57 MINJAN 23
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TC 44, How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

SAFE Crossroads #50, Native Android Development for SAFE, with Lionel Faber

As the various parts of SAFE Network development come together, facility for mobile access to and use of the network becomes a greater priority. Most individuals now use mobile devices for a large part, if not all, of their internet access. Our guest is Lionel Faber, a front-end developer with MaidSafe's remote office in Chennai, India. We talk about mobile development for SAFE in general and the new developer tools for native Android apps in particular. The SAFE Network offers something unique: the opportunity to make truly decentralized apps that interact directly with the network rather than requiring for servers to be maintained. MUSIC *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS safenetwork.tech - https://safenetwork.tech SAFE Developer Hub - https://hub.safedev.org SAFE Developer Forum - https://forum.safedev.org Forum post: Release of Platform Development for Android -- https://safenetforum.org/t/release-of-pl...

33 MINJAN 15
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SAFE Crossroads #50, Native Android Development for SAFE, with Lionel Faber

TC 43, High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

John and Robert probe questions regarding the level of technology appropriate to different situations, and we try to isolate some touchstones for selecting the right type, level and amount technology to employ. As fodder we talk a lot about Robert's different situations as simple farmer on the one hand, and as a writer, publisher and internet marketer on the other. We'd really like the input from the listeners on what you think about and how you find the balance. Email at simpleton@safecrossroads.net. MUSIC *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. LINKS The Decentalization Itch - https://technologyandchoice.com/articles/2015/07/the-decentralization-itch/ Text The Decentalization Itch - https://soundcloud.com/safecrossroads/the-decentralization-itch Audio version

50 MINJAN 10
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TC 43, High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

TC 42, Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

Our regular guest/co-host, Robert Worstell, and I talk about the year-long project he just completed to train himself in fiction writing, and documenting the process for others who are interested in writing, especially professionally. We go over what he set out to do, what he did, his statistics, and what he learned. There is so much here that is applicable to learning any subject or technology professionally that it is useful to anyone. Enjoy. See the notes below for some free material from Robert, especially for listeners, as well a links to a distillation of the important lessons he learned in the process of doing his project. MUSIC Bumper music: *Phantom from Space* by Kevin MacLeod. LINKS Robert’s free stuff for listeners of this episode - https://livesensical.com/following-dr-robert-c-worstell-firehose-fresh-content/https://livesensical.com/following-dr-robert-c-worstell-firehose-fresh-content/ Main link - https://calm.li/LiveSensicalLibrary 9 Key Lessons From A Year of Pulp ...

46 MINJAN 2
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TC 42, Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

SAFE Crossroads #49, What's so Special About the SAFE Browser?

MaidSafe just released a completely in-house version of the SAFE Browser with some very cutting-edge features and toggles to explore experimental features. It's still rough-cut,as browser experiences go, but it opens the door to some very advanced development options as the SAFE Network matures toward readiness for launch. Helping us get a feel for this step forward are two of the MaidSafe front-end developers most responsible for this new step: Gabriel Viganotti and Josh Wilson. Understanding where the SAFE Browser has come from, where it is and where it's going can give one new insight and a real feel for why SAFE Network development is really in a field of its own. MUSIC "Safe Crossroads Beta", an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes LINKS Dynamic Membership https://safenetforum.org/t/new-video-blog-post-dynamic-membership/26724%20- Text and Video The Article the Internet Doesn't Want You to Read - https://safenetforum.org/t/new-medium-ar...

49 MIN2018 DEC 20
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SAFE Crossroads #49, What's so Special About the SAFE Browser?