Handshake: A Primer

Joseph will share the insights you need to get up to speed on all things Handshake. By the end of his session, you’ll be able to understand how Handshake works, the new technical capabilities it brings to the table, and the differences between the current internet and the future internet.


(00:01) [Music] [Applause] so [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] yeah good day everyone um i’m going to give a gentle introduction to handshake the handshaker system and the handshake blockchain my name is joseph peculiar i’m a blockchain engineer at crypto.com um crypt.

(00:56) com is a crypto exchange that offers a couple of services as well whereby you could buy crypto harvesters to easily change cryptography or crypto spend crypto with cards and so on and so forth so let me jump right into it so um we’re going to be exploring handshake which is a decentralized wood zone secured by proof of work so credit to this slide this slide was made by matthew zepkin which is a known blockchain um known um developer in the handshake ecosystem so the slide was everything needed so i decided to build up from there so here are a couple of things

(01:33) we’ll be exploring we’ll be explaining about the dns dns query um what the root zone is tiene sec satisfactority handshake and precisely dean and if we have enough time we are going to compare the differences between handshake and other solutions out there that is actually working on the decentralized web as well so i’m going to browse quickly what the dns is so dns as you can see from here is a is a phone book of records right is known as domain naming system if you want to browse bitcoin.com dns is what

(02:11) takes bitcoin.com and then returns to you the right website in which you are trying to see so it’s for example a url as bitcoin.com is broken down into tray you have your root zone you have your top level domain you have your second level domain and so on and so forth so when you are trying to browse the website it first asks the root zone which then acts.

(02:34) com which ex then acts bitcoin which then acts www so with that example and explanation you can see the dns is more of like a tree-like structure in which the root zone it’s at the top and as we i presented handshake as is a decentralized root zone which means the whole of this conversation will be focused on the wood zone one important thing to note is that uh the internet pretty much is pretty much decentralized on based on how it’s built but there’s a part of it that’s not decentralized which is what would be targeting on them which is what

(03:08) handshake aims to solve and resolve and that is the root zone so as explained the root zone you searching for bitcoin.com or watching our website google.comfacebook.com um you talk to the root zone the real zone talks to the domain names and the google and then the sub domain you are trying to talk about so you could see the root zone as a collection of records signed um pretty much a collection of records signed and uh currently in our internet infrastructure the root zone that we are seeing here is controlled and run by a

(03:46) non-profit organization which is known on known as icon and uh we’re gonna be looking more into them a bit of time okay so pretty much so the root zone it’s uh run by uh it’s pretty much a set of keys and a collection of uh records signed by icon so icon starts buying internet corporation for assigned names and numbers which is based in los angeles usa so what does that mean it means that the entire internet infrastructure is lying on a key a set of keys a set of keys signed by one organization which means the entire

(04:26) internet is won by everyone has to trust that key to be sure that okay whatever this key is doing is actually right for whatever um we are doing on the internet so um that is what handshake aims to solve or what handshake aims to to get sorted out which is uh this entire internet infrastructure relying trust on a non-governmental organization which um i wouldn’t like to go more deep into some things relating to them so what is uh dns sec so dns sec is pretty much um domain name security uh it’s uh pretty much a set of keys

(05:06) pre-installed on our operating system so when you buy a new device such as your mobile phones your laptops and so on you have a pretty much set of keys pre-installed on your operating system and uh this set of keys are signed automatically by assigned by a can installed on your computer which is your uh your reservoirs which whenever you buy your system you get them already there and these set of keys are signed or should i say the root zone gives signs to the top-level domains which are the dot com as we explained

(05:40) and to the second level domains and to the sub domains so it’s more of a tree-like structure as well which uh builds up all right hello um yeah we are having some technical uh difficulties um i guess they knew oh okay here we go we got him yep awesome okay sorry yeah yeah no problem no problem man yeah take your time joseph you’re not rugging us right people think [Applause] don’t worry man it’s great it’s great i cut off um [Music] you know it just cut off just a few i got a couple minutes to go but uh

(06:36) put on my glasses and everything will be okay all right also we’re all having fun here man thanks for your sharing today it’s gonna be great oh yeah so um let me get back into it all right yeah cool yeah we’ll get on your hair let’s hang out with them man just as cool okay awesome so we are going to be exploring about uh static uh hope everyone got me on my inspirational dns okay so let me jump into um significant authority and uh this concept i’m explaining it’s pretty much a premiere to help everyone understand what pretty

(07:18) much handshake it’s uh pretty much to get the level of importance of what handshake is and what it’s doing so certain characterity is that green icon on your website as you can see here and that’s uh my certificate authority here um this lock symbol on most browsers is green but uh i’m on brief so what uh your certificate authority is is the like icon in your browser which means that you are actually talking to the right web server so it’s what proves that hey from here i’m actually mike i’m

(07:52) actually communicating with [Music] docs.google.com um accurately in that particular sense um so yeah that’s what certificate authority is so it’s more of um it’s what is the information from the server that proves i’m talking to this right so um if you check on your computer on your laptop you will see a signature called baltimore cybertrust routes and the baltimore cyber trust route actually when i was working on with handshake was what made me realize what actually this bought most hybrid trust

(08:31) route is it’s actually a pre-installed or pretty much the the certificate authority that gives a connection to google and from google proves that you’re actually talking to the right server so let’s look at the two differences we have dns we have the nsx and on the two sides dns dns and certificate authorities which is a pretty much relies on trust all the way right uh we have um icon which provides trust to dot com science proves okay you’re talking to dot com bitcoin that all of these um have pretty much this

(09:08) entire connection is pretty much signed cryptographically and you have your certificate authorities as well which let’s say you are talking to this particular website which is provided by letsing that’s your certificate authority so with that as well uh let’s talk about what handshake is um okay now i have to slow down for this part of the talk to make sure everyone gets what i’m trying to explain so handshake on its own it’s a blockchain it’s not running a smart contract on any evm based chains as

(09:52) ethereum polygonal so on and such it’s a blockchain pretty much a off the bitcoin clients built into a blockchain and all everything happened the handshake ecosystem runs and is secured by proof of work so what is that so handshake is pretty much as you can see it is a backward compatible with zoom by papa compactable what i’m trying to explain is that with handshake you can actually assess or talk to it doesn’t cut you off from the existing internet infrastructure and say hey this is the handshake internet no it’s pretty watch

(10:29) backward compatible with our current existing internet infrastructure and you have the future of the internet which is handshake in that particular sense so with that let me explain how the handshake query system works so let’s say you’re trying to interact with the let’s say bitcoin.

(10:53) cover concept or uh which is a domain owned by matthew zepkin or let’s say you’re trying to talk with uh welcome.nb which is a popular handshake name so what happens is that you talk to the handshake root zone which you from during the end of this slide i will tell you how you can set up or pretty much your computer to be able to interact with the handshake blockchain and handshake ecosystem so it talks to the handshake group soon and then the handshakecruiser says okay i have this uh i have records of this particular website or this

(11:26) particular tlds it’s uh resolves um checks proof of concepts and then gets you bitcoin the proof of concept which the same way our current dns query works um same way same system and let’s say you’re trying to find the website that’s outside of the handshake ecosystem let’s say you’re trying to talk to bitcoin.com or crypto.

(11:51) com or google.com and so on so in that particular way he acts the handshake root zone uh says hey i don’t have this particular um tld let me ask icon which is our current existing legacy or quality system internet infrastructure so with that justice really quick i just want to tell you that your uh your screen share isn’t working you’re not sharing your presentation right now if you wanted to share your screen oh and i had no idea thanks for pointing that out okay okay awesome yeah so with that being said uh uh

(12:40) okay where was i okay i was talking about this so you’re talking to um so in that particular aspect you’re trying to talk to bitcoin.com crypto.com and so other current um websites that we all know google.com and so on uh talks to the handshake with zone okay i don’t know this let me start sorry joseph sorry to interrupt the screen share still isn’t working people in the chat are saying that the presentation isn’t showing oh let me try again okay let me sorry about all these uh technical difficulties everybody

(13:29) uh we’re gonna try to get them up on stage and uh finish this out and then or finish this up and then uh get on to our next speaker uh it’s it’s a little bit of a rocky start but uh we’ll we’ll finish strong for sure so we’ll just wait for uh joseph to come back should be any minute now i i hope so uh i guess i’ll i’ll just talk to you guys i’ll just uh shoot this oh okay i guess i was gonna show you yeah a little bit but yeah all right joseph’s back now i had to refresh the entire application

(14:15) to be sure yeah no problem it’s it’s i can they don’t want you to talk about anything they don’t want people to know how powerful handshake is pretty much i think so that was a good one yeah so all right receipt again okay oh so this that’s that’s great okay yeah all right let’s finish strong here let’s go okay awesome so um uh i think pretty much um so as i was saying i would have to skip this uh because of time you’re trying to talk to bitcoin.com or crypto.

(14:55) com it talks to icon and gets that summer information uh we’re going to explore pretty much ding um dane is pretty much dns based authentication of named entities it’s not really a new technology it has always been there but uh is not widely used on our current internet infrastructure um due to some issues with speed um latency issues and so on uh many people don’t care but the cyberpunk cellular people pretty much do care about this so what it’s staying then it’s pretty much uh hashed pretty much cryptographic hash

(15:30) of your um ssl right and then put into the dns it’s to make sure okay i am actually communicating with the right server right it checks from your ssl document your ssl to uh the dns records at this hash or this hash is actually the hash of the ssl i’m actually communicating to if that’s true then you get your green icon and your website is um secure and uh pretty much then it’s uh okay yeah pretty much um we’re going to look forward forward um down the slide the the importance of dane and pretty much how it builds up on

(16:15) handshake ecosystem because handshake pretty much with the resistance of blockchain and the existence of handshake the importance of dane pretty much comes in pretty much on a strong hand day in handshake comes in like this there’s a cell hash put into the dns record because this is the blockchain which is handshake you’re trying to make that communication it checks through the blockchain uh proof of work and so on that you’re actually communicating with the right um server so um okay how do i resolve names on handshake

(16:48) um you could have a full node spv node you could have fingertip by impervious which is this icon here i’m actually using it it’s a pretty much very easy tool um with the images of handshake earlier on back then this was one of the major issues most people had to be technical run nodes and so on and that to access handshake but now everything is so easy and to get into handshake you could use this too very easy to install and you have your you can start resolving handshake names you can actually use um next dns

(17:23) as well to resolve handshake um domain names as well you’re just going to install on this button and pretty much you are good to go so um [Music] okay we are losing joseph again uh but to piggyback off of resolving uh handshake domain names uh steve webb just plugged into the chat fingertip it is the only way to resolve uh handshake do name names uh securely with dane it’s the it and it’s easy too it’s just download one click install uh and then you’re good to go um and then yeah you got your other

(18:10) options out there like uh the gateways like using hns.is and stuff like that and there’s another option there’s a loom i see derek hammer in the chat there he’ll be talking about that more later but yeah oh yeah and then for phones there’s obviously uh beacon uh the app that you can use um that’s only available on ios right now and steve webb says android and desktop soon i can’t wait to try that out uh but you know they got they got a one-man team buffer is uh killing it over there you know he’s been building

(18:50) uh for for handshake for a little while and uh yeah he’s just he’s just been a great addition to our community i think this question is meant for joseph uh but i do not know anything about crypto.com or any exchange listing handshake but uh yeah all right looks like we’re starting to get joseph back again so he can finish up really quick and then we’ll switch over to our next speaker uh rhythmic where he’s going to talk about bob wallet thank you guys again thank you guys for for staying strong and uh

(19:39) and sticking with me through through these little bit of technical difficulties i appreciate appreciate you guys all right well we are coming up on our time and i do not know the status of uh joseph uh connection and everything like that says he’s been loaded in but it’s been a minute um but i guess we’ll we’ll just we’ll switch gears uh sorry we’re gonna have to cut joseph off a little bit early but yeah let’s go switch gears and and go into our next talk about bob wallet uh so i’m gonna

(20:18) end this one and then everybody can switch over to the next speaker [Music] [Applause] [Music]