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Why we’re making all HUMAN technology open source

HUMAN Protocol
Nov 16, 2021

Why we’re making all HUMAN technology open source

2 min read

HUMAN Protocol is designed to tokenize work of any kind. By mapping global contributions, it helps to unlock a new generation of knowledge workers, by offering them autonomy and transparency to claim new value from their efforts, while providing organizations with access to global workforces.

But anything intended to create broad change – in how we work, interact, and collaborate – must be contributed to broadly. New ways of working cannot be created by single entities, but by an ecosystem of participants; a community of HUMANs. 

HUMAN technology is designed to facilitate collaboration. It makes sense, too, that the fundamentals of the technology can be collaboratively built. Only through an open-source foundation can we realize the global future of work: a solution which has no boundaries, limitations, or permissioned barriers to entry. Opening HUMAN Protocol to the world opens up the potential of its many use cases. To realize change through proliferation, which starts by diminishing the obstacles to – and incentivizing – open participation. A vision is only the beginning, however; subsequent to intention is action. Here’s what we’ve done so far. 

HUMAN’s open-source work

The principle is to make our work more public, transparent, and to open the door to broader contribution. We have already started, through our BugBounty program, to open source work on the Protocol. We also have 148 issues resolved on GitHub, with 26 still open at the time of writing, including an open third party node for Proof of HUMANity. Haryjot Singh, our Technology Director, joined the HUMAN Protocol Foundation through a Gitcoin bounty. 

Additionally, the grants program is designed to support projects in applying that open-source technology to their use cases.

Currently, we are attending the 2021 DAO Global Hackathon, co-sponsored by Aragon, which will run until December. The HUMAN community is collaborating with Aragon to make Proof of HUMANity a DAO developer tool, allowing them to protect themselves from sybil attacks and botnets. 

The HUMAN App – a portal for job markets

The execution of our open-source vision begins with the HUMAN App. The App was designed as a proof of concept to demonstrate how job markets could look, function, and run on HUMAN Protocol. By making it open source, we invite all developers and partners to bring their own applications, tools, and APIs to the app, and to introduce the App’s capabilities to their own applications, while HUMAN Protocol operates the backend to bring their transactions on-chain. 

It is worth noting that the HUMAN App will remain a web-based portal where Workers can manage their profile and reputation, while applications will either integrate via an API, or else provide a springboard to other websites where the applications are hosted.

Every new application and integration brings us closer to the HUMAN vision of unlocking the next generation of knowledge workers, by bringing organizations closer to workforces, and those workforces closer to the rewards of their work, while machines automate and assist in the complexities of the interaction. 

HUMAN technology – PoH and IMOO

HUMAN technology involves the development of solutions across the blockchain space, not only those that facilitate job markets. 

All HUMAN technology will be made open source. This includes Proof of HUMANity (read the how to), our on-chain bot blocker designed to stop bots from exchanges, DApps, governance voting, and NFT auctions. It also includes IMOO, the HUMAN oracle designed to support prediction markets, such as those run by Zeitgeist.


The Foundation will also deliver funds to Gitcoin developer bounties, which, because they hold the funds in escrow until they have determined the work is complete, signals a big step in our open-source intentions. Open sourcing and micromanagement are incompatible, and Gitcoin operates as a trusted gatekeeper to ensure the work is done to standard.

Open source is part of HUMAN; it ties into both our vision and our strategic objectives. To bring more work onto the blockchain, and realize HUMAN technology across more use cases – supporting powerful new job markets – open collaboration is required. The HUMAN App, Proof of HUMANity, and, in the near future, IMOO: open-source solutions that allow developers to access the power of HUMAN Protocol within their own applications, and contribute to the development of the HUMAN ecosystem. 

For the latest updates on HUMAN Protocol, follow us on Twitter or join our Discord. Alternatively, to enquire about integrations, usage, or to learn more about HUMAN Protocol, get in contact with the HUMAN team.

Legal Disclaimer

The HUMAN Protocol Foundation makes no representation, warranty, or undertaking, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or reasonableness of the information contained here. Any assumptions, opinions, and estimations expressed constitute the HUMAN Protocol Foundation’s judgment as of the time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Any projection contained within the information presented here is based on a number of assumptions, and there can be no guarantee that any projected outcomes will be achieved.

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