The Shake: May 22, 2022
A publication on Handshake and the DWeb. Towards a New Internet.
Handshake, by the numbers
On Handshake subdomains
This week in Handshake, Paul Webb shared a blog post on his vision for the Neuenet Registry while Namebase released details on its own registry revamp. We’ve seen the proliferation of Handshake top level domains. Now, as subdomains do the same and reach internet users across the world, we should talk about why Handshake domain names matter.
First, top level domains anchored in Handshake are sovereign namespaces that do not require ICANN authority to exist or large annual ICAAN maintenance fees to operate.
Second, Handshake domain names can achieve sovereign security using DANE. For an encrypted web connection over HTTPS represented by that lock in your browser, reliance on third party Certificate Authorities is no longer necessary.
Third, an open root zone enables open applications. A closed source base layer has prevented DNS from reaching its full potential as an internet scale naming system. From general purpose wallet naming to P2P encrypted messaging to open source search, all sorts of new services can be built on the open and neutral Handshake root.
And fourth, more options for end users leads to more competitive domain prices and features. It’s also just more fun — there’s exponentially more room for creative domain names.
This Week in Handshake
¹ Skunkworks A Handshake python wrapper. Work with the Handshake API using python, available via the PyPi package manager. This comes as part of a larger effort to integrate a HNS full node into ADAMS — an easy to deploy single-user Skynet portal and management system. ➟
² Namebase Registry Details have been released about the registry overhaul at Namebase. Features include tools and dashboards on par with ICANN TLD owners, reserved names, custom pricing, and access to use root domains. On registry pricing, Kirkendall states they will drop pricing from 30% fees to a $1 flat fee for all registrations or renewals. ➟
Note: The Shake is unaffiliated with this new registry program despite current similarity in naming
³ .ink The third ICANN top level domain has been claimed on Handshake, all three from the company Top Level Design. See the claim for .ink here. These first three ICANN TLDs to bridge over to Handshake (.wiki, .gay, and .ink) account for nearly 100k active domain registrations. ➟
⁴ Neuenet Registry The upcoming registry from Paul Webb started a blog this week with a post sharing their vision, including a short-term roadmap. Beachfront, a sister registrar, will provide website, email, and other services. The Neuenet Registry will expand TLD offerings. And both services will eventually be open-sourced. ➟
Handshake nodes around the globe
Handshake usage is picking up and full nodes have been reaching capacity. There was a push this week to get more Handshake full nodes online to meet demand.
Demo: Let’s pretend to be a DNS resolver!
This week’s micro grants from HandyOSS.
66,666 DVPN to Skunk for the HSD wrapper
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