I have an announcement to make that can come as a surprise to most. Some long standing community members will remember me as a community member @benjaminbollen since February 2014. Only in August last year I accepted MaidSafe’s offer to work with them on location for a finite time-window as I had to pause my own project in order to do so.
Over the past 14 months we have seen a lot of strong changes: we refactored the logic in the original C++ code. Afterwards we transitioned from C++ to Rust to further make the protocol explicit in the implementation. This was only possible thanks to an amazing team effort. And as a team we achieved the first pre-release of the full SAFE network stack at the end of August 2015.
On reflecting over the past year I did find one important point missing. Project SAFE is promised to be developed by the community for all people. While the RFC process is an important step in the right direction to enable critical interaction both on design and implementation from the community, I am personally frustrated by the high barrier that still exists. I know how high this barrier can be, because I disrupted my life and moved countries to climb over it. I also find that giving talks and presenting is not enough, I need to be out there with you.
That is why I inform you all that for the above reasons, combined with a third personal reason, I will be moving to Berlin. I have had for over a year an unused meetup group Project SAFE: Berlin which I intend to start using finally :). I am already invited to present the SAFE network in Berlin on the 10th; which I will now do as an independent community member.
I hope that this literal “brain transfer” can signal to the community that the time is right to take an active stake in coding this project forward. I intend to be doing so, and to gather more people in Berlin and around the world to do so too.
I am looking forward to continue building towards a private and secure internet!