Motivation: The Core Validators recently had a discussion around the concept of Identity at Stake, specifically around what does “address” mean for us as a group.
(NOTE: If there was another forum post created for this topic, please link to and I’ll close this one.)
At present the security model that we have in places rests with validators that have staked their identity. Identity (a rather difficult idea) is a multi-fold construct in the POA Network and includes (as of today): notary commission, address, email, and one’s name (with other, evolving proofs being developed by the foundation - such as proof of phone and bank account.)
I feel that each of these proofs can be viewed as being loosely coupled.
Eg: Suppose that the requirements for procuring a notary license in your jurisdiction does not require the issuing authority to completely know your physical address, a PO Box is sufficient. But does that mean that POA Network’s Core Validators would feel confident that some can stake a non-physical (residential) address?
What do others feel is appropriate? What should we be staking?
I would like to unpack this and then put it to rest. The ultimate goal is clarifying what is meant in our “Bylaws / Playbook / Github / SOPs / Whatever we call this” - after a discussion here and then having a vote (once that tool has been finalized of course.)