This Week in Handshake
NFTLDs A new component of the Impervious Registry, Handshake top-level domains can now mint an NFT on Ethereum that represents control of their subdomain namespace, its rules, and registration fees — an NFTLD.
This token can be transferred to update ownership of the namespace, making governance migration to new addresses or organizations simple. Sale of the namespace also becomes as easy as selling this token.
Tokenization also makes registration fees into a financial asset composable with the DeFi ecosystem. The NFTLD can be escrowed as collateral in lending protocols or perhaps bundled into an index of related names.
HNSDNS A new Handshake resolver and nameserver was released by Lumito, complete with extensive documentation. The resolver aims to make Handshake resolution on Android more accessible while the nameserver aims to extend Handshake name hosting to support IPv6 addresses.
.RECORDS Tomorrow, there will be a live conversation on Twitter Spaces about music-related naming and identity tools featuring the .RECORDS registrar.
HNS, By The Numbers
It’s a been a full week of the web’s middlemen wielding their power — from tech publications taken offline, crypto validators getting banned, to a funeral for unfairly censored accounts.
Hackernoon, the technology publication, had their domain temporarily taken offline by GoDaddy with little warning after an article published on the site reportedly violated the domain registrar’s terms of service. The takedown caused disruptions across their site, their team’s email access, and ad revenue they rely on to operate.
Hetzner banned crypto validators, resulting in 1,000 Solana nodes going offline this week, forcing them to other providers. Akash is a cloud compute cryptonetwork that already supports Cosmos validators and announced this week that it is working to offer the same support for Solana.
Allie Eve Knox had her 30th internet account taken down over the last 8 years. She decided to have a funeral for her accounts that have been closed due to unfair censorship on the internet.
From cartoon avatars to the future of online identity?
Lens adopts XMTP
The decentralized social media protocol supports XMTP for open messaging across its ecosystem.
The Death of Decentralized Email
A historical review of the multi-decade centralization and capture of the email protocol.