Ethereum Wildfire Project – Use Ethereum to Login to Websites and Networks
The Ethereum Wildfire Project (EWP) is using the encryption technique that is now at the heart of Ethereum, and applying that encryption technique to other areas of networking.
Ethereum uses a hashing algorithm called “KECCAK”. This hashing algorithm is currently only used in Ethereum; but it could be adopted for authentication and encryption in many other environments. For example, it could be used to authenticate a user who is connecting to a network or logging into a web service. EWP is currently developing three different authentication and encryption protocols that will be compatible with Ethereum tools.
A down to earth example is signing in to a website. In order to login, most websites require a password. But people hate remembering different passwords for every website they visit. EWP is proposing using MetaMask, which is a popular Ethereum tool, to securely log users into websites — with a single click, without passwords!
The Ethereum Wildfire Project even has a live demo of such a service, which can be accessed on their website. Since every user who installs MetaMask automatically gets an Ethereum wallet, this becomes a “backdoor” for introducing Ethereum to the general public.
The Ethereum Wildfire Project’s focus is to change the way an everyday person logs in to networks and websites. This is accomplished by adapting popular authentication and encryption frameworks, such as RADIUS, to the KECCAK hashing algorithm. And this entails creating formal protocol standards, and coding and contributing modules implementing those standards to open-source authentication and encryption frameworks, such as the free radius project (https://freeradius.org/).
Impact on Ethereum
The impact of EWP on the Ethereum ecosystem cannot be overstated. If the EWP initiative is even moderately successful, then many web services will offer simplified login techniques to anyone who has the requisite Ethereum tools (including an Ethereum account). Similarly, many enterprises will effectively require their employees to use Ethereum tools in order to access their intranets. With millions of new Ethereum account-holders, Ethereum DAPP developers will have access to a huge, primed audience.
The technology that the EWP team is developing will be disruptive and revolutionary. But at this time EWP is not forecasting any specific revenue generation model. Once the technology development phase is complete, EWP will begin to explore ways to monetize the technology. For example, by slightly modifying a login service, it would be possible to license a turnkey system of ticket sales and redemption using Ethereum as the underlying mechanism. The EWP team feels confident that multiple business opportunities will present themselves as the technology matures.
The EWP token sale is directed to two classes of investors: Token Investors and Ecosystem Investors. “Token Investors” are playing for the eventual ICO that EWP might undertake in the summer of 2019. By purchasing Seed Tokens now they are playing the traditional role of angel investor and effectively getting EWP tokens at a deep (90%) discount. Because of the revolutionary nature of the EWP initiative, the eventual EWP ICO has the potential to be massive, and the purchase of seed tokens now is the most economical way for a Token Investor to acquire a significant piece of that ICO. The second class of investor is the “Ecosystem Investor.” These investors are visionaries who would like to promote the EWP technology because they understand the benefit to the Ethereum ecosystem. For those who are hodling a large bank of Ether, the anticipated appreciation of their current Ether holdings, which will be a direct effect of the EWP technology, is the most significant reason to support the Ethereum Wildfire initiative.
The current EWP token offering is very limited, only to raise seed capital to develop the EWP technology. EWP is only raising a maximum of 4,000 Ether (which transletes to approximately 1.7M USD). In nine months to one year, after the technology development phase, there will be an ICO token sale, wherein each seed token can be exchanged for 10 pre-sale ICO tokens.
The Ethereum Wildfire Project team is very small at this time, with only two technologists and one marketing/technical-writing specialist. The goal is to stay very lean during the technology development phase, and bring in more talent for the subsequent business development.
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Pratyush is an expert in solidity and DAPP development. Pratyush recently published an open source front-end to Christian Lundkvist’s Simple Multisig Wallet. Pratyush also has hand-on experience with authentication and encryption programming.
Yaniv is EWP’s web services and backend programmer. He is also an expert in
cryptography. Yaniv is a member of the IEEE, and is on the Technical Committee
on Security and Privacy (TCSP).
Marketing, Technical writing. Radhika is also responsible for all
EWP’s trade show planning, press and advertising.