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Bitmark Supports Secure Open Infrastructure

The entire internet is built upon open infrastructure: this is a shared, open “commons” that benefits everyone. We have many pioneers to thank for it, from the creators of the ARPANET and the designers of TCP/IP to the originator of the Web itself.

Founded by Christopher Allen, Blockchain Commons is the premier organization for creating open blockchain infrastructure. Years ago, Christopher co-authored SSL/TLS, the security standard and crucial building block in the infrastructure of the modern internet. If you’ve ever made a purchase, sent electronic payments, or reviewed financial records online, you’ve used Christopher’s work. He’s now leading a variety of projects intended to benefit the entire internet again, including Bitcoin utilities, educational tutorials, and cryptographic developer libraries.

We’ve given support back to Blockchain Commons by engineering the GordianCosigner utility for Android, a simple app that allows the signing of partially-signed Bitcoin Transactions (PSBTs) from an airgapped Android device. We’ve also converted a number of cryptographic libraries to Java, and passed them on to Blockchain Commons for wide usage.

We expect that more will follow: open infrastructure can give great advantages to its participants, but only if we keep it healthy by each contributing back in return.