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Alex Van de Sande

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Alex Van de Sande - The MakerDAO Situation & The Ethereum Foundation

The Block Experience

This week's podcast is with Alex Van de Sande, a huge innovator in the Ethereum community and also Founder of Unilogin. Alex has worked on the Ethereum Foundation where he specialised in UI/UX and pushing forward the boundaries of blockchain technology. We discussed The MakerDAO situation which recently unfolded and also his opinions on the market...   Thank you so much to our episode sponsors:   Prime XBT: https://primexbt.com/id/sign-in DAPSCoin: https://dapscoin.com Axie Infinity: https://axieinfinity.com

40mins

25 Mar 2020

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Episode 23: Ethereum & Mist with Alex Van de Sande

Wizard of Dapps

Episode notes: 🌳 The first user interfaces of Ethereum and the story of Mist, the first Ethereum browser 🚡 Lessons learned from being one of the earliest designers in the Ethereum community Alex & Universal logins Alex's twitter: twitter.com/avsa Universal Logins: Universallogin.io Wizard of Dapps Twitter: @wizardofdapps  Website: https://wizardofdapps.fm/ Telegram group: https://t.me/WizardOfDapps Donate (ETH): 0x865c2F85C9fEa1C6Ac7F53de07554D68cB92eD88

34mins

31 Oct 2019

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Alex Van de Sande - Ethereum & UX

DappCon Podcast

Alex Van de Sande is a developer, UX designer and member of the Ethereum Foundation. DappCon is a nonprofit global developer conference organised by Gnosis. Coming to Berlin Blockchain Week, August 21 to 23. For tickets visit dappcon.io.

12mins

25 Jul 2019

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Hashing It Out #29: Universal Logins - Alex van de Sande

The Bitcoin Podcast

Alex va de Sande is a UX designer and developer for the Ethereum foundation who has come up with a new, clean way to provide universal login capability to any decentralized application. Using a combination of standards such as ERC725 identity contracts and his proposed ERC1077 and ERC1078, he has created a way to login across any application using a single login mechanism. We go over his system, his views on the challenges behind adoption that UX can solve, and the future of DApps as they begin implementing standards such as universal logins. Links https://universallogin.io/ https://twitter.com/avsa https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1078.md https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1077.md

1hr 13mins

14 Nov 2018

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Hashing It Out #29: Universal Logins - Alex van de Sande

Hashing It Out

Alex va de Sande is a UX designer and developer for the Ethereum foundation who has come up with a new, clean way to provide universal login capability to any decentralized application. Using a combination of standards such as ERC725 identity contracts and his proposed ERC1077 and ERC1078, he has created a way to login across any application using a single login mechanism. We go over his system, his views on the challenges behind adoption that UX can solve, and the future of DApps as they begin implementing standards such as universal logins. Links https://universallogin.io/ https://twitter.com/avsa https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1078.mdhttps://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1077.md

1hr 13mins

14 Nov 2018

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Hashing It Out #29: Universal Logins - Alex van de Sande

Hashing It Out

Alex va de Sande is a UX designer and developer for the Ethereum foundation who has come up with a new, clean way to provide universal login capability to any decentralized application. Using a combination of standards such as ERC725 identity contracts and his proposed ERC1077 and ERC1078, he has created a way to login across any application using a single login mechanism. We go over his system, his views on the challenges behind adoption that UX can solve, and the future of DApps as they begin implementing standards such as universal logins. Links https://universallogin.io/ https://twitter.com/avsa https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1078.mdhttps://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/blob/master/EIPS/eip-1077.md

1hr 13mins

14 Nov 2018

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Brands On The Blockchain Ep.2 - The Importance Identity & Blockchain UX w/ Alex Van de Sande

Branded

Alex Van de Sande Designing for Identity  Core to our digital lives is the idea of identity. We use our or identity to use our favorite messaging apps, book an airbnb, or connect with an uber driver. The question then becomes, who really owns this sense of identity on the web? is it you? Unfortunately , there is a an incestuous relationship between your sense of online identity and the business models that the companies employ in order to sustain operations, this their defensible market position, with your data. These facts have got me thinking about the role of design in identity and blockchains, they were greatly inspired by the conversation I was lucky enough to have with Alex Van de Sande, heres what I learned. (For the full podcast conversation, listen below)   What is the type of problem that we are trying to solve? The Facebook problem— what does that mean? The idea of identity on the internet, and the idea that the internet should work based on identity, and the biggest provider of identity on the internet is facebook. This means that our is Freedom tied to some server, somewhere “in the cloud”. This means that you are trusting one person or entity for the freedom of expression on the internet. How does that relate to design? It means that we must keep in mind the idea of designing for openness and non attachment in dapps. Users are now in the know, they now have freedom and this must be top of mind. Designing new online communities. How does design inform digital governance? The tools of voice vs. exit, in building communities we must give users voice and the ability to exit. We do not have this in our current social networks. Eg. in twitter you could vote, but you don’t have much power, no one will listen to you. You could exit Facebook, but there is really no alternative. The private key paradox: We are telling users two opposing things, and it is an open problem to be solved. First we say, be incredibly safe with your private key — do not tell it anyone. Then, on the other hand, we are saying make any copies of it, when the easiest way to make backups is from screen shots, etc .. which ends up in some server and then is easy to be lost. Designing for identity: “In the blockchain, no one knows you are a fridge” Blockchain Design process: A designer needs to understand what happens under the hood, they need to know how the tech works and what its capabilities are. If you don’t understand how it works — you are not designing, you are doing fiction. In blockchain design, you need to understand the limitation and capabilities of the technology and why. Key question’s: What can I create as a designer that I can abstract the notion of all the technicalities? do my users need to care about this thing? is there a way that I can remove the complexity and just focus on helping them get where they want to go? And in order to adequately answer these questions we must answer What does my app really do? Why does it really exist? Where is helping my user get to in their life? Action Movies & The The Purpose Of Design: In a movie the audience is always aware of what is happening, the audience is always aware of what is urgent and not urgent. If we could imagine a movie interface, the key question would then become what is it that you need to show? what is it that the audience must understand in this scene? We must always give context. Blockchain Transparency: If movies are context, what is transparencies role? On blockchains dapps you can provide so much info, when can I show that info? To, from, value, and data (Basic info) — but not easy for the user to understand. The key question is: How can we turn blockchain data into actionable knowledge and understanding for users of varying skills? The above list does not in anyway do justice to the depth of knowledge that Alex Van de Sande provides in the audio recording, to listen in full simply click here. 

28 Jul 2018

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Alex Van de Sande & Nick Johnson: ENS – A Global Naming System for Ethereum

Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

Naming systems are an important component of any networked information system. It’s difficult to imagine how the Internet could have been adopted by the masses had it not been for the Domain Name System, which translates machine-readable IP addresses into human-readable domain names. Blockchains, with their long and complex address formats, suffer from a similar problem. One might think a solution would be to apply the same naming system architecture we have for the public Internet to public blockchains. But DNS, in the eyes of many, is a largely flawed system. Centrally controlled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet domain names are vulnerable to censorship and barriers to entry are kept artificially high – registering a new Top Level Domain (ex: .epicenter) costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re joined by Alex Van de Sande and Nick Johnson to discuss their approach to creating an open, secure and decentralized naming system for the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Naming System (ENS) allows users to register .eth domain names, which can be used in supporting Ethereum wallets and clients. Names are reserved by placing a deposit in a smart contract and can be mapped to any Ethereum addresses. So rather than sending funds to 0x8cd…0935, one would simply need to type a memorable name like epicenter.eth into their wallet. Backed by the Ethereum Foundation, ENS will likely become the defacto standard for name registration in Ethereum. Topics covered in this episode: Alex and Nick’s respective backgrounds and roles in the Ethereum Foundation How the Internet’s Domain Name System works The problems and pain points with DNS and how it is governed today What is ENS and what problems it is addressing The ENS auction system and how names are registered The different parties involved in ENS ENS’s technical architecture and governing smart contract The current governance model of ENS and future plans for increased decentralization of governance ENS’s economic model and technical roadmap Episode links: Ethereum Name Service ENS Registrar ENS Github Project ENS Gitter Channel ENS Twitter Bot This episode is hosted by Meher Roy and Sébastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/183

1hr 13mins

16 May 2017

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The Ether Review #13 - Alex Van de Sande, Wallet, Contracts, Mist

The Third Web

Alex Van de Sande is the lead designer for the Ethereum Foundation and Eth Dev. Originally working on the Mist browser, more recently Alex has been focussed on the developing the Ethereum wallet. The exercise tutorials he published on the official Ethereum Blog were a blast to work through and examining them makes up much of the content of this episode.[Note: This episode does not contain a magic word.]Adam Van de Sande:@avsaWallet Tutorialshttps://blog.ethereum.org/author/avsa/Josh Stern:@joshuasternhttp://www.joshstern.info/Content: Alex Van de Sande, Arthur FallsProduction and Editing: Arthur Falls

46mins

22 Jan 2016