Global Graphchain Project FERMAT Expands, Partners with Cicada

The project builds alliances to drive continued development in decentralization

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Fermat, the decentralised, blockchain and graphchain-enabled open source project developing the Internet of People (IoP), today announced their partnership with Cicada, a distributed direct democracy and decentralized application platform. The project joins Fermat to drive continued development in decentralization.

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Launched in April 2016, Fermat is building the world’s only infrastructure with an open social graph, decentralized APIs, and direct device-to-device communication. The Internet of People is designed to make it more cost-effective for businesses to scale globally by removing unnecessary intermediaries, promising to make transactions of the future inherently less expensive and more secure.

“Fermat is above all an alliance of values, which is striving to create a more decentralised world where people’s privacy is respected and power is held accountable. It is our aim to collaborate with projects like Cicada, which share these values and furthermore support our fundamental principles of diversity and personal liberty,” said Luis Molina, Founder of Fermat.

“We have a strong belief in communities and collaboration. Each of these projects take a particular approach to analyzing the problems and focus on certain areas. By joining forces, we end up working with a more holistic approach and are able to deliver better and more comprehensive solutions. This is exactly the case with Cicada – a project which has completed a significant amount of work analyzing the issues of identity, reputation and governance,” added Molina.

Founded by system architect Daniel Jeffries, Cicada is a distributed direct democracy and decentralized application platform which aims to revolutionise governance on a global scale. It uses a privacy-guaranteeing, decentralized identity and a novel proof of work that promises to deliver a universal basic income and provide immunity against mining centralization.

“Partnering with Fermat was the natural choice for us. There was an instantaneous connection from the start.  Our ideas and values overlap in so many ways.  The leaders of both teams knew right off the bat that we’d be stronger together. Cicada will help Fermat with getting decentralized IDs right, along with the reputation system, as well as building the first killer apps for the Internet of People. Working in a silo only gets you so far.  To really flourish you need to work together towards a higher goal, and that’s what this partnership is all about,” said Daniel Jeffries, Founder of Cicada.

“The collaboration is having a huge impact on Fermat’s analysis of our Governance 3.0 system. By integrating Cicada’s concepts into the Internet of People’s identity, reputation, and governance solutions, our platform becomes stronger, and at the same time we ensure that Cicada will be able to use the platform to achieve their own goals. It’s a win – win collaboration,” said Molina.

In addition to developing partnerships, the Fermat Community has also continued to grow, with over 40 Chapters opening since February 2017, bringing the current total to 107 worldwide, including in Australia, UAE, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, the UK, USA and across Europe.

“Fermat and Cicada working together is a much stronger package that the sum of individual parts. Synergy happens at multiple levels, including a renewed capacity to attract more people, communities and projects. We strongly believe in collaboration over competition and that organisations, sharing the same values, can work together to achieve outstanding success. We expect a lot more projects to join forces generating substantial momentum within the industry,” concluded Molina.

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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