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The Joystream Manifesto

Our Manifesto sets out each the issues we believe are related to digital media platforms of their present type in addition to our proposed resolution to these considerations.


We imagine that artwork, be it as literature, music, film, games or performance, is a important device via which societies set up a shared understanding of what’s widespread knowledge among all members. These expressions define values and narratives that end up shaping culture, faith and even public policy. It subsequently issues deeply how it’s financed, distributed and paid for.

Digital media has turn into the primary medium through which such expression is distributed, and digital media platforms have turn into the key establishments organizing this exercise.

Unfortunately, because of network effects, economies of scale, laws and political pursuits, we’re at present left with handful of massive institutions which set the terms for a way this happens. They are virtually entirely unaccountable to normal market and political mechanisms.

As a outcome, our stories, expressions and interactions are managed and filtered on their phrases. This continues to generate an ever changing set of issues, be it inflexible monetization, censorship of controversial speech, inequitable sharing of features with creators and audience, low platform innovation or lack of credibility with third party builders.


We name for an association the place media platforms are accountable to the folks they impression, which are primarily their customers, be it as shoppers, creatives, third party developer or employees.

It is the absence of such accountability which is the elemental supply of any explicit drawback at any explicit time.


Our core thesis is that there are two basic challenges which must be addressed to realize this objective, and that an acceptable utility of latest distributed techniques technology, together with blockchains, sensible contracts and tokens, is the right means to do so.

The Wedge

First is the query of the way to create another from scratch within the face of platform externalities which make any new platform practically ineffective, no matter any of its inherent characteristics. The means of doing this kind of bootstrapping has traditionally been largely an art, the place success has hardly ever been reproducible.

We imagine that blockchain tokens, earned by and issued to early individuals, have been shown to be extraordinarily effective at mobilizing, integrating and motivating an international and dynamic neighborhood.

This has now repeatedly allowed nascent communities, like the Bitcoin neighborhood, to overcome the preliminary network effect hurdle. There is not any certainty that this shall be adequate, however we consider this mechanism is as promising as something which is prone to have a chance in a very long time.

Accountability at scale

Second is the query of the way to create and sustain accountability in such a platform when it truly reaches scale.

We understand there to be two fundamental ways that individuals can maintain establishments of any kind accountable: Voice and exit, in the custom of Hirschman A. O.


Voice is the strategy of trying to enhance or reform the functioning of an establishment from within. The effectiveness of this is determined by some capacity to each share reliable info with different members, and have some impact on internal governance processes. Current media platforms provide users no efficient means of doing both.

We imagine that blockchains provide an organizational and financial infrastructure which can tackle each problems. The public, verifiable and immutable history of financial and administrative records, supplies a wonderful foundation for users to grasp the present and previous state of the platform. This permits anybody to make incontestable claims about related details and circumstances.

Further, blockchain tokens enable us to make use and management of a platform inseparable, giving customers an automatic seat at the desk in deliberating over platform level decisions.

All that’s required to establish, train or transfer the capacity to take part in such activity, is the power to signal messages with identifiable cryptographic keys. Perfectly reliable contracting provides a large, dynamic and unrestricted set of users the technique of governing the platform. This can serve a variety of purposes, similar to endeavor initiatives, regulating participation in different formally specified roles, and even updating the institutional rules themselves. This integration of reliable contracting into the economic rails provides an organizational infrastructure much more according to our objectives of inclusive control than the normal jurisdictional trust based mostly infrastructure.


Exit is the strategy of totally ending participation in an institution in favor of either becoming a member of or creating an alternate. The effectiveness of this depends on costs of leaving, and both joining or creating an alternate, all being low in comparison with the deprivation in the present establishment. This is currently not the case.

By constructing platforms primarily based on free open source software program, open protocols and open data — as is the case with Blockchain techniques, one dramatically lowers these costs. Since users management their own data, identification and property, they’ve a much simpler time joining new platforms, and even taking their peers with them.

Open protocols and data will make multi homing interfaces ample, where customers might not even want to modify, but instead use multiple platforms concurrently, which inspires platform level competition.

Even extra dramatically, reliance on open supply implies that all the software program capital of a platform can simply be reused, and since the entire organizational state can also be public, whole ecosystems could be forked to create new various platforms with modified insurance policies and aims.