How does Guardian prevent abuse or malicious gossip?
Guardian prevents abuse through a complex set of incentive mechanisms.
A programatic fee structure as well as classical anti-spam filters. As reports come in for certain targets, the fee increases, sometimes to astronomical levels in a given timespan. Even if someone wanted to pay…2 billion dollars, for instance.. to affect a score several points, the system would pay those funds to the users who maintain ‘nodes’ (a full copy of the Guardian record of data and reports.) This means that would-be abusers actually pay the victims of sexual abuse directly when they try to manipulate scores using money. Guardian will need to test and optimize fee-curves to better disincentivize malicious attacks.
Client Protection Puzzles. We can ask users computers to solve a hard math puzzle before they are allowed to engage the system- decreasing the likelihood that any single user will be able to rapid-fire report submissions. More information about ‘proof of work’ authentication.
Time preference is considered. For some use-cases, Guardian will limit the amount of reports that can be entered in a given span of time or events. This means that it takes longer to achieve meaningful results, but that they are more accurate and less manipulated.
No narrative details. Because Guardian is a score-based system, we don’t collect or share accusations, only moral opinion represented as a quantity. This helps Guardian reports to be a “grain of salt” system, where the recommendations of the system are not to be taken as truth but a perspective to take into account. Guardian is not a legal fact-finder and is only an aggregation of opinions.
What blockchain will Guardian operate on?
Right now, only two protocols theoretically permit the kind of privacy preservation that Guardian requires: Enigma (ENG) Protocol, and Oasis Labs Protocol. It is likely that Guardian will operate on the Enigma protocol.
Does Guardian need a token?
It will require a token to maintain certain game-theoretic benefits and pay out fees. It may use an existing token or control it’s own monetary policy.
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