A month ago we announced a project to select a brand name for the "Goodwill of Domains". The group here helped choose the domain eRise.org, and we are going with that. @Abdullah Abdullah is on point. In the meantime, I wanted to share that we had 2 domain donations that sold almost immediately. The domain name My-Logistics.com donated by @CodingTheDomain sold for $3500 on Afternic and is currently due to pay out shortly. The domain name ProjectMakeover.com donated by @Blitzpotz also got a bid for $3500 on Afternic. We are actually trying to secure a bit more there, but even $3500 is a fine outcome. These funds are expected to clear shortly, but are immediately going to work across 3 areas: Country Digital Empowerment Funds For starters, we are setting up country funds. The first grant went to Nigeria, with the initial grant of $1000 going towards a Nigerian Digital Empowerment Fund, reachable at [email protected], entirely run by Nigerians for Nigerians. It will be used to buy domains, but proceeds from domain speculation will also be sovereignly allocated for Digital Empowerment programs in Nigeria or wherever the Nigerian fund managers decide. The first 100 Toki Servers The first Toki servers are coming online. These things are quite remarkable. They are tiny. For about $60, we can produce a WiFi-ready server that can run on battery for up to 24 hours and can handle up to 500 concurrent connections. The core processor is a Raspberry Pi 4 which we have sourced for $35 each for orders of 100 or more. They look like this: https://us.tv/videos/watch/c7b867f3-b49d-4f1e-9107-e56694445e65 So we are buying 100 of those plus the batteries, cables, heat-sinks, and outer cases that are needed to deliver a finished Toki server that can run without a fan. The assembled device is about the size of a deck of cards. We can transport hundreds of them in a suitcase! As for the software, it is a proprietary Linux distro that has been optimized for extreme power efficiency. It serves as a decentralized anonymous search engine but the device itself can host much more, including file-sharing, peer-to-peer commerce, digital wallet, etc. Here is a demo of a prototype in action: https://us.tv/videos/watch/970e088e-758d-40cc-b56a-45dee8614a0f The demo shows the impact of being able to customize search, including the option of ignoring certain data sources from your personalized search engine. Toki servers are not for sale yet. These are beta testing machines while we validate some core design concepts, one of which is an experiment for transmitting data over Ham Internet frequencies in addition to over shorter distance 802.11 protocol. Sound crazy? It's not. For more information about Toki, contact [email protected] Digital Librarians One of the great challenges for Toki is to bring knowledge to remote parts of the world where there is little power and often no uplink for accessing larger amounts of data on demand. Fortunately, a standard Toki server ships with a 16 GB SD card. That SD card is upgradable to much larger cards. These SD Cards are to be pre-loaded with locally relevant content, without bias, across areas of greatest local utility: - K-12 Educational materials - Healthcare and First Aid - Reference documents - Holy writ of all major theologies - Agricultural best practices - etc. As time goes on, the knowledge base can be swapped out, upgraded and expanded just by upgrading the SD card. The content on each library is all royalty-free and can be downloaded and shared with any WiFi-compatible device. Since it is using local WiFi, it is extremely fast -- like 2 milliseconds fast. To make sure we deliver locally relevant content, locally recruited Digital Librarians will be responsible for curating submissions of content to be included. Anyone can set up these Libraries. We recommend using Armored.net for curating the files. For more information, contact [email protected] Administrative Update As for the legal entity for eRise.org, we are filed with the WA Secretary of State. We don't have a 501c(3) status yet. However, if folks want to donate domains, contact [email protected]. Thanks for your Support eRise is shaping up to be an exciting project. We have no idea where this will go. However, it is being funded by domains. If the Mods allow it, we'll be happy to acknowledge in this thread when a donor's donated domain made impact! We'll fund as many initiatives as we have funds, holding nothing back.