Joystream is a video platform

21 de fevereiro de 2021

The Joystream Manifesto

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


We consider that artwork, be it as literature, music, film, video games or performance, is a critical tool through which societies establish a shared understanding of what is frequent information among all members. These expressions outline values and narratives that end up shaping tradition, faith and even public policy. It subsequently issues deeply how it is financed, distributed and paid for.

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

Unfortunately, due to community results, economies of scale, rules and political pursuits, we are right now left with handful of massive establishments which set the terms for how this happens. They are nearly totally unaccountable to regular market and political mechanisms.

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


We name for an association where media platforms are accountable to the folks they influence, that are primarily their customers, be it as customers, creatives, third get together developer or workers.

It is the absence of such accountability which is the basic source of any explicit downside at any particular time.


Our core thesis is that there are two fundamental challenges which should be addressed to attain this goal, and that an applicable application of up to date distributed techniques know-how, together with blockchains, sensible contracts and tokens, is the right means to take action.

The Wedge

First is the query of tips on how to create an alternative from scratch in the face of platform externalities which make any new platform almost ineffective, regardless of any of its inherent characteristics. The process of doing this type of bootstrapping has historically been largely an artwork, where success has not often been reproducible.

We believe that blockchain tokens, earned by and issued to early members, have been proven to be extremely effective at mobilizing, integrating and motivating a world and dynamic group.

This has now repeatedly allowed nascent communities, like the Bitcoin group, to overcome the preliminary network impact hurdle. There isn’t any certainty that this will be sufficient, however we consider this mechanism is as promising as anything which is more likely to have a chance in a very long time.

Accountability at scale

Second is the question of how to create and maintain accountability in such a platform when it truly reaches scale.

We understand there to be two elementary ways that individuals can maintain institutions of any sort accountable: Voice and exit, within the tradition of Hirschman A. O.


Voice is the approach of making an attempt to improve or reform the functioning of an establishment from within. The effectiveness of this is dependent upon some capability to both share dependable data with other members, and have some impression on internal governance processes. Current media platforms present users no efficient method of doing both.

We imagine that blockchains present an organizational and economic infrastructure which can handle both issues. The public, verifiable and immutable historical past of economic and administrative data, supplies an excellent foundation for users to grasp the present and past state of the platform. This allows anybody to make incontestable claims about related details and circumstances.

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

All that is required to ascertain, exercise or transfer the capability to participate in such activity, is the ability to signal messages with identifiable cryptographic keys. Perfectly reliable contracting gives a large, dynamic and unrestricted set of users the technique of governing the platform. This can serve a wide range of functions, similar to enterprise projects, regulating participation in several formally specified roles, and even updating the institutional guidelines themselves. This integration of dependable contracting into the financial rails provides an organizational infrastructure far more according to our objectives of inclusive control than the traditional jurisdictional trust based mostly infrastructure.


Exit is the strategy of entirely ending participation in an establishment in favor of either joining or creating an alternate. The effectiveness of this depends on costs of leaving, and either joining or creating another, all being low compared to the deprivation within the present institution. This is currently not the case.

By building platforms based mostly on free open supply software, open protocols and open knowledge — as is the case with Blockchain systems, one dramatically lowers these prices. Since customers control their own data, id and assets, they’ve a much easier time joining new platforms, and even taking their peers with them.

Open protocols and knowledge will make multi homing interfaces plentiful, the place customers may not even want to modify, however instead use a number of platforms concurrently, which inspires platform stage competitors.

Even more dramatically, reliance on open source implies that all the software capital of a platform can easily be reused, and since the whole organizational state can also be public, whole ecosystems can be forked to create new different platforms with modified policies and objectives.