Darkblock’s goal is to encourage new types of content to enter the NFT space, including mediums that have so far rejected NFTs as being too open, such as comic books, ebooks, or even full length movies.
Further use-cases encompass anything that can benefit from decentralized access control to content. We have been particularly excited for the potential to disrupt or enhance community-oriented content platforms such as Patreon or OnlyFans, where creators can release limited edition gated content to their fans as NFT collectibles.
The Darkblock Protocol uses a decentralized network of nodes to control access to digital content associated with NFTs through a proxy-reencryption mechanism.
Currently Ethereum based NFT standards ERC-721 and ERC-1155 are supported, but all major NFT standards (Palm, Flow, Tezos, etc.) are going to be integrated.
The gated content that is embedded in the NFT is encrypted using AES-256 and is placed onto the permanent web storage solution Arweave.
The decryption key is stored on nodes of the Darkblock network. The key will be stored inside a trusted execution environment (TEE) so that node operators are not able to extract the decryption key. Furthermore, the key is stored redundantly on multiple nodes to ensure availability. Going forward, the team will build out a staking model to incentivize the decentralized network of nodes.
The code running in the TEE is fetching the encrypted data from Arweave, decrypts it and if the device, asking for the content, has the permission to do so the node will send over the unencrypted content over an encrypted channel. The latter channel is encrypted to ensure that the content cannot be intercepted. On the device, the TEE will decrypt the communication channel with the unencrypted asset and will in turn show it on the player such as an LCD screen.
Team of tech and design veterans
Working with the team around Chris, Ari and Darri over the last couple of months, a set of experienced tech entrepreneurs, UX designers & marketing people, has convinced us that they are the ones to build this ambitious project.
In addition, creative agency blackmath founders — who are leading a team of 30 designers, turned NFT enthusiasts — are on the founding team, which gives them a major strategic advantage in testing and go-to-market.
The next feature the team is working on is enabling the rental of NFTs to enable new business models around NFT content.
We are super happy to join Darkblock on their journey to build a creator and user controlled content rights management platform.
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