Q&A: Twitter’s archive is in danger, how can we preserve the history of the internet?

Sofia Jan

If Twitter takes water and sinks, it could take a significant portion of people’s personal internet history with it. Users are urged to archive anything they care about in the app before it risks disappearing into thin air. This is another reminder of how most web content can disappear in an instant. Every major event of the past 16 years can be traced through the vast depths of human thought stored on Twitter. How could such an information monolith be so close to extinction, and how can we protect ourselves from such titanic disasters in the future?

The following is a Q&A interview with Sophia Yan, co-founder of Numbers Protocol, a digital media library and digital media indexing system.

Why is it important to make digital media assets traceable and auditable?

Digital Media is a HUGE part of our daily lives. We consume it constantly because of the entertainment it provides and the endless ways it can inform us. But like the internet today, digital media has its problems. Untraceable, unverifiable, easily copied and manipulated, today’s digital content has no protection, no credibility, no freedom.

About 2.5 million unlicensed images are stolen every day, which equates to a daily loss of 600 billion. Widespread misinformation makes it impossible to tell what is true and what is false. Big technology is manipulating access to information. These are HUGE issues and they affect our society. This is the main reason why we provide a solution to make digital media assets traceable and auditable.

While trust in digital media is at an all-time low worldwide, the Numbers Protocol aims to bring integrity and authenticity to the digital content space by creating a decentralized photo network where assets can be both tracked and verified through our innovative products: Capture App, Numbers Search Engine, Seal API and Numbers Mainnet.

What are the successful use cases of Numbers Protocol?

The Numbers Protocol has been successfully implemented in many relevant use cases, such as Reuters’ coverage of the 2020 US presidential election, as well as the world’s first Web3 cataloging and preservation of war crime evidence in Ukraine. In addition, the Numbers Protocol also underpins the Web3.0 creative economy, which works with a third-party organization, CreatorDAO, an advisory board of cross-industry creatives with expertise in the arts and Web3 technology. By making digital media traceable and auditable, we will be able to address key issues including, but not limited to, Copyright, Ownership, Asset History, and Authorship distributions. As an asset-centric protocol, any digital asset, including files, photos, audio tracks, is covered by the same basic technical solutions: to let the digital assets “speak” for themselves.

Other use cases for the Numbers Protocol were transparency for the Automotive Resale and Repair Supply Chain, copyright protection for the Music Platform, and how True Photos could help e-commerce.

What does the final release to the mainnet mean for the protocol and its roadmap?

Numbers being an asset based protocol, we convert normal images into Web3 assets. To achieve this, there are three main factors to consider: storage, asset management and chain activities. Filecoin and IPFS provide a solution for storage, CreatorDAO provides a solution for management. The remaining question is what should be the basic infrastructure for chain activities? The Answer Number is Mainnet.

The launch of the Mainnet unlocks the Numbers Protocol and enables it to support the “whole life cycle” of a modern digital asset through integrity registration, local NFT minting, revenue sharing and other innovative work. For both the team and the community, Numbers is the last and most important part of the Mainnet Numbers Protocol. With this, we at Web3 have the opportunity to be the center of the digital media industry in the future.

While the Numbers Mainnet is the culmination of years of hard work by the Numbers community and its supporters, it’s also just the beginning. Numbers Mainnet is the beginning of a journey that we hope will reshape digital media on the internet. There is still a lot of work to be done. As our community develops and our partners grow, it will take longer to see full adoption of trackable and auditable digital assets.

As for Mainnet roadmap, our services include Capture App, Seal API, Numbers Search Engine and its SDK. Eventually, all services will be migrated to the Numbers Mainnet. We will start with the Capture App, the migration includes moving registrations from IOTA to Numbers Mainnet, minting default NFT on Mainnet and most importantly using Mainnet NUM as default cryptocurrency in App instead of BEP20 NUM. The migration of the Capture App is expected to be completed by March of next year, then we will move to the API and then to the Search Engine.

Please tell me about the Numbers Protocol and the mission and vision behind the project.

The Numbers Protocol is an open source ecosystem for digital media, a Web3 Git for cross-chain asset tracking and management. The purpose of the Numbers Protocol is to create a library of digital media files to enable transparent and auditable media connections.

It is the first asset-centric protocol and supports the entire lifecycle of modern digital content. With so much manipulation, theft and censorship, the Numbers Protocol makes the goal of restoring trust in digital media a top priority. With the Numbers Protocol, the cross-chain data of digital media assets can be viewed or managed via APIs (off-chain) or Oracles (on-chain).

The Numbers Protocol provides a common solution for the digital media industry, including:

Boot Application: The world’s first Web3 camera software – enables creators to protect and monetize digital assets.
Numbers Search System: The first Web 3.0 cross-network search engine. Supports token, CID, and reverse image search for Web 3.0 photos and NFTs to provide a complete description of digital media files.
Seal API: API for printing NFTs, saving files to IPFS, and registering files as Web 3.0 assets.
Numbers Mainnet: Allows anyone to create a chain proof of digital media files. Numbers Blockchain is a digital media library and indexing system that aims to provide the complete picture to the media consumer.

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