Why should I back up my secrets using Dark Crystal?
Humans aren't perfect, and life happens. Sometimes you forget a password, or your computer gets stolen, or your password manager gets corrupted, or you get hit on the head by a coconut and fall into a coma. Some systems, especially decentralised cryptographic ones, aren't very forgiving in these situations. But simply giving your keys or passwords to someone else isn't secure. Dark Crystal backs up your secrets securely with friends who can help you recover them, without ever sharing the secret itself.
Sharding (aka Shamir's Secret Sharing) isn't new. What makes Dark Crystal different?
While sharding technology has been around for a long time, it hasn't been widely adopted. We think that's because the process is complicated, difficult, and error-prone. Dark Crystal makes it much simpler and more user-friendly. If more people use sharding successfully, fewer secrets will be lost unintentionally.
Why did you make Dark Crystal?
We want to make cryptocurrency accessible and user-friendly. We are excited about a crypto-powered future, and it's important everyone gets to participate. We talked to a lot of people to find out what parts of using cryptocurrency are hard and key management was on top of the list! We found existing sharding tools very painful to use and we knew we could make something better.
Is Dark Crystal open source?
Yes! Check out our repo(s) on github...
Who are you?
We are the Magic Money Tree team! We bring a cooperative mindset to the crypto-space (which has often been too individualistic), and we're passionate about increasing the diversity and accessibility of cypherspace. We build tools for groups who manage crypto-currency collectively. Our backgrounds are in open source software, hacking financial processes for radical collaboration, facilitating distributed communities, and building cooperatives. We currently have five team members spread across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Germany.
Who is the... crab?
That's hermes, the unofficial mascot of Secure Scuttlebutt. These gifs were made by Angelica who is @eANNuLfzX/9rlGODXHYV8WJb+zw2h+d7YsT4vpYPvD0=.ed25519 on ssb. They were paid for by the community there as part of an art residency which was funded by their internal grants scheme. You can find out more in the #open-studio channel on Secure Scuttlebutt.
How can I get in touch?
You can find us on the #mmt channel on Secure Scuttlebutt, or email us....