The Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) chosen by DeHR’s technology partner, Competitive Edge Technology (CET), to create a platform for future HR applications and peer-to-peer hosting is Holochain. Enterprise participants in the network, approved by the DeHR Governance Group, will be eligible to install the CET application plug in framework and upload their employee data to the DLT.

Holochain and Web3

Brief History of Web3

Quotes from an article by Paul d’Aoust Web3, entangled dated 2nd February 2022

True to the original spirit of the internet, Web1 was all about decentralisation. Its big innovation was the hyperlink, allowing any author to connect their work to someone else’s without permission. And because anyone could create web pages and run a server (if they had the technical skills), anyone could be a publisher.

Slowly and then suddenly, everyone wanted to join the web party — but not everybody had the technical skills. So Web2 built big servers and easy-to-use software, then invited the whole world. It spread out a generous banquet, offering the power to create not just documents and links but conversations, calendars, photos, videos, music, lists, diagrams, and more. And by getting us all together in the same room, it really did become a party — an explosion in our capacity to connect and interact with each other.

However, we know how the story has unfolded since then. Web2 looked like a good idea at the time, but it’s turned out to have a dark side. We appear to have become ‘the product’, as they say, not the authors of our own lives as we’d thought.

The centralisation that enabled the capture of our online lives is inherent in the design of HTTP, the protocol that powers the web. Over the years, more and more people have called for a re-decentralisation — a new web, a ‘Web3’ that avoids the mistakes of the original web by design.

Why do we need to reimagine the web? If the first web was already decentralised, why can’t we just go back to it? Moxie argues that the reason is simple: “people don’t want to run their own servers, and never will.”

Setting up a Holochain Server on a Peer-to-Peer Network

Quote from Holochain:

What if you could get the benefits of decentralisation for free while you used your normal, everyday apps and services? Well, Holochain can help — it neatly addresses all five barriers to running your own server. Here’s how.

  1. Setup cost: In a Holochain app people connect securely, privately, and directly to each other’s computers, either via public IP addresses or through a relay Holochain creates an ‘overlay’ on top of the underlying network, making fixed IP addresses and domain names unimportant.
  2. Technical burden: You don’t need to care or even know you’re running a personal ‘server’. It’s just a background process that’s built into the app, running on your computer with no configuration required. Really, it’s easy to set up, and it’ll get even easier in the future — you should give it a try!
  3. Security issues: Holochain has a strictly defined network protocol that validates every interaction with your peers. It also sandboxes the back-end of every application, preventing it from gaining direct access to your filesystem and network.
  4. Fragility: You’re responsible for the original copy of your data, along with a small slice of everyone else’s data — and only for the applications you use. If you go offline, other people serve your data for you. Everyone shares the load evenly — with a Twitter-like app, we predict that you’d only accumulate 20 MB of data per year, equivalent to three photos or five seconds of video.
  5. Isolation: Holochain is intended to deliver apps with the decentralisation of Web1 and the connectedness of Web2. Each application has its own shared database that every participant can read from and write to. In other words, you and your peers are each other’s ‘Web2’— not an organisation that sees you as the product.

There are still a couple centralisation points — the aforementioned proxy relay and a service called a ‘bootstrap’ are both hosted on remote servers. But they are about as irrelevant as Signal’s own servers are — they’re just places for peers to find each other and pass encrypted messages back and forth. Besides, you can always run your own, and you don’t even need them if you and your peers are in the same local network.

Microgrid & Carbon Neutral Applications on Holochain

 Quote from Holochain:

Holochain does all that! Its base protocol is versatile enough to build any sort of interactions people want to do online: social media, team productivity, currencies, carbon credits, micro energy grids, and so on. These are regular, real-world applications, not just applications that “[move] all aspects of life into an instrumented economy” as Moxie describes it. For these application protocols, we’ll soon be adding the ability for users to automatically download and activate an update — no manual steps needed.

Additionally, in contrast to Web2, where everyone is forced into the same experience, a Holochain application can give groups a choice about whether to accept protocol changes, while also being able to keep all their existing data. For instance, if a chat app releases an upgrade, one team in a company can upgrade because they want the new features, while another team in the same company can stay on the old version because they prefer the UI. They run the app; it’s their choice.

CET & DeHR Consortium pathway to Web3 Adoption

About The Governance Group

The governance is a global network of HR Associations with workforce membership

Pre-approved companies deemed to have satisfied local membership criteria

About The Microgrid Network

The Australian Microgrid Netwok is being developed as the global model

The Barrington Project is the Proof of Concept for microgrid hosting

The Space Based Solar Power justification is outlined on this page

About the Holochain, the HR Application & DLT

The employee owned data is made available in a mobile application

Distributed Ledger Technology is often referred to as Blockchain. There is a difference