TOWARDS AN OPEN AND INCLUSIVE INTERNET
Ammbr is an initiative to build scalable and resilient infrastructure to deal with the so-called “last mile” connectivity problem. More than half the world’s population – according to the ITU some 3.9 Billion – is not connected, or has consistently bad Internet connectivity. Solving this problem is therefore a crucial factor in overcoming a host of societal and economic imbalances.
Our belief is that the most efficient and sustainable way to solve problems requires that the stakeholders themselves must be a major part of the solution. Therefore, we are designing the Ammbr Network to be open as far as is possible. A (non-exhaustive) list of the stakeholders we see participating in this platform are:
- Ammbr end users
- Ammbr router/infrastructure owners
- Ammbr equipment manufacturers
- Ammbr software developers
- Future Ammbr based business owners
- Non-profit organizations
- Telecommunications companies
This has led us to the structure and roles we have created for
building and deploying the first phase of the Ammbr Network.
GOVERNANCE: The Ammbr Foundation
The Ammbr Foundation consists of five directors, who will initially perform governance functions on behalf of the Ammbr Network. These functions are:
- Establish and manage rules for the Ammbr Network that are not encoded intrinsically
- License technology to developers of products and services
- Provide direction on go-to market strategies across product and service providers
- Fund development and roll-out initiatives
- Fund community initiatives that further the growth of the Ammbr Network
The token Crowdsale being conducted during September will create funding to be fully controlled by the Ammbr Foundation. Licensing activities will yield further funding in future. The funds under the management of the Foundation will be allocated to activities by the board of directors. (Cryptocurrency and bank holdings will require 3 of 5 signatures for any funds to be moved.)
Future: It is envisaged, once the technology is sufficiently robust, to extend participation in the governance to a DAO type schema.
Depending on the type of development undertaken, and the pre-existing components required, a range of licenses will apply. Software and hardware will, generally, be Open Source with appropriate licenses. The specific license will be applied by whatever organization was responsible for the original development, in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Foundation.
The ASIC being developed to conduct consensus functions (mining) for the Ammbr Network will also be made available under an Open Source license. The security schema is rooted in individually controlled keys of node owners, and therefore the chip design can also benefit from the scrutiny of the community to ensure resilience. Any hardware developer that wishes to embed the blockchain functionality in their devices will be able to acquire ASIC chips from the Ammbr Foundation’s approved chip manufacturers or develop their own.
In time, it is also planned to embed the ASIC chips in form factors like SD Micro and SIM cards in order to make the functionality available across a wider range of hardware.
In this way existing smart phones and smart devices, using appropriate software, could form part of the Ammbr Network (as opposed to just acting as client devices).
Software Application Developers
The Ammbr Network will be an open platform for developers of all types to build and innovate. With security as a key consideration, each developer will be required to digitally sign any software using their Ammbr compliant digital identities.
A dynamic rating system is envisaged, whereby attestations from the community, including specialists, as to the trustworthiness and quality of the software they provide will be available for public scrutiny.
Disclosure from the Founders
The founders of the Ammbr Network and the Ammbr Foundation have commercial interests in the creation of the technology and the hardware.
The following companies, in which the founders are stakeholders, are developing Ammbr technology at present.
- Ammbr Tech scrl (Belgian Cooperative)
- Spectramesh, Inc. (US Corporation)
Ammbr Mesh Routers (and other future equipment) will be acquired and owned by individuals/businesses. These individuals will be providing services to the users of the Ammbr Network.
Note that the Ammbr Foundation is not intended to be an operator of the infrastructure of the Ammbr Network. In addition to providing operator incentives for adoption, it may briefly operate nodes in a market as a proof of rollout or to speed use and adoption, but will exit operations functions rapidly as operators establish services in the designated market. It is solely there to provide supportive governance and coordination functions.
Future distributed software applications may also provide services, making their owners infrastructure operators too.
All infrastructure operators will use Ammbr Network compliant digital identities to provide infrastructure on the network. This implicitly offers security, and a quality ratings system, so that users are clearly informed as to the choices they make.
A user of the Ammbr Network is classified as any entity (human, software or hardware machine, or company) that connects to the Ammbr Network. A user will pay for connectivity in AMMBR.
A user will have to generate and use an Ammbr Network compliant digital identity in order to connect to the network.
The Ammbr Network is being constructed as an open Edge Computing platform that is as inclusive across all four layers discussed, Governance, Developers, Operators and Users.