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A decentralized revolution: Empowering the masses with home staking | Opinion

Opinion
A decentralized revolution: Empowering the masses with home staking | Opinion

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Blockchain technology has long held the promise of decentralization, offering the potential to redefine how we interact with data, value, and trust. As this technology continues to emerge fast, the concept of “home staking” emerges as a powerful force that has the potential to reshape the landscape of blockchain networks.

This begs the question: How does home staking empower the masses, and why is it crucial for the web3 ecosystem in the present and future?

Democratising validation

At its core, blockchain technology promises a decentralized future where power and control are distributed among a vast network of participants. However, the reality hasn’t always lived up to this promise. The barriers to entry for running a validator node on many blockchain networks can be daunting. It often requires substantial technical know-how, expensive hardware, and significant capital investment. These barriers create an unintentional hierarchy within the blockchain ecosystem, where only a select few can participate as validators.

Through Ethereum, storage inefficiencies and high synchronization times plague the ability of ordinary people to operate a full node, resulting in them having to rely on full node services. Additionally, service providers have to cover the cost of running a full node, meaning the cost for users will increase in the form of commissions—which is not ideal, to say the least.  The solution? An efficient and accessible platform with autonomous applications to support what may be defined as complex by ordinary users.

Decentralization in action

When we talk about decentralization, we’re referring not only to the distribution of power but also to the resilience and security of the network.  At Over Protocol, the approach to home staking strengthens decentralization by increasing the number of validators. More validators mean greater network security and a lower risk of centralisation—key for accessibility purposes.

By allowing anyone with a computer to participate in validation, we’re reducing the concentration of power and making the network more robust against potential attacks. It’s akin to creating a vast, decentralized army of validators, each contributing to the overall strength and security of the fast-growing Over Protocol network.

Financial inclusion

Decentralization isn’t just about technical aspects; it’s also about financial inclusion. Many people around the world lack access to traditional financial services, and the barriers to entry can be insurmountable. Over Protocol’s home staking removes these roadblocks by providing an avenue for individuals to earn rewards and participate in the blockchain economy without the need of expensive equipment or significant capital.

Home staking opens up a world of financial opportunities. It allows individuals to earn rewards for their participation, potentially improving their financial circumstances. It’s a gateway to a new financial ecosystem where anyone, regardless of their background, can participate and benefit.

All in all, home staking is not just a concept; it’s a fundamental shift in how we approach validation and participation in blockchain networks. It’s a step towards a more equitable and inclusive blockchain ecosystem—a crucial variable in creating a more adoption-friendly, next-generation web3 platform.

Ben Kim
Ben Kim

Ben Kim is a founder of Superblock and is involved in the development of Over Protocol. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Seoul National University and is pursuing a doctorate in virtual machine optimization research at the same graduate school. His notable thesis, titled “Ethanos: Efficient Bootstrapping for Full Nodes on Account-Based Blockchains,” focuses on optimizing Ethereum’s storage size and synchronization time and serves as the foundational technology for the Over Protocol.