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Gil commented on Neighbory: The World's Small Town

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3. Still i need more insight on security for example, say i am a criminal and i register my town. I get information about members from another town who might be migrants/host and i target them maybe for political, social or regious reasons that might in the first place forced them to flee their homes in case of migrants particularly refugess or just target other users because of their profiles.

Answer: There will always be unscrupulous people in any platform. Fending them off will be a continuing process. Blockchain technology can help minimize their activities through transparency, vigilance, and cooperation. Mayors and their members will have tools to monitor activities in their towns and peers. All transactions are transparent, meaning, people can see the exchange of services and goods, plus the service ratings and user comments and recommendations. Requesting or providing email addresses, Skype/IM usernames, phone numbers or any personal contact details to communicate outside of the Neighbory network is not permitted. No link to other websites, no marketing messages, no referrals, no racist or abusive messages are allowed. Service providers can contact receivers only to complete a service or to answer service related questions. Neighbory keeps a record of all giver-receiver communication. All messages are encrypted. Also, users can easily report abuse so Neighbory can act accordingly. There are other ways to handle security issues, which may be too technical to discuss here, but rest assured that Neighbory puts user security on top of its priorities.

4. Also how would you encourage actual collabration with the possibility of requesting for services that may not require the reciever to be present while the service is provided and the security concern that may rise thereafter in case property is lost. What are those guarantees??

Answer: The ideal Neighbory collaboration is similar to Time Banking with Hylp rewards (please see the videos and reference website again) At least two persons must interact to bring about collaboration and it is always encouraged for both of them to be physically present to achieve or do something. However, if that is not possible, the receiver can use the Neighbory Hylping Hands to request help from a trusted person who can monitor the service provider fulfill the service. Hylp reward for the trusted watcher is equivalent to the time spent watching the provider. You’ll be amazed at how many of these collaborations can be done online, just look at the how the freelancing websites Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/) and Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/) make it happen. You’ll see people from all over the world working together to achieve their goals.

I hope I have provided the answers you were seeking.

It’s been a pleasure sharing ideas with you. Wish you the best in all your endeavors.

Best regards,

Gil

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Gil commented on Neighbory: The World's Small Town

Ikong James  Thanks for all your comments and encouragements.

Neighbory is not included in the shortlisted ideas. So its time on OpenIDEO has come to an end. I am grateful to everyone at OpenIDEO for giving me a chance to present my idea and meet people like you.

I’ll do my best to answer your questions. After you read my message, I might delete my Neighbory entry.

1. However still, i now understand the online opperations but now i want you to visualise for me the offline bit, what is its practocality interms of collaborations what kind of collaboration will it be because i dont think both host and migrants accessing the platform qualifies as meaningful collaboration in my view and you can correct me if im wrong.

Answer: According to a 2016 study by the International Monetary Fund (Impact on Migration by Florence Jaumotte, et al.) both high and low-skilled migrants complement the existing skill set and increase the GDP per capita of receiving economies by raising labor productivity. The effect: a 1 percent point increase in the share of migrants can raise GDP per capita by up to 2 percent. And the study finds that the benefits from immigration are generally shared. So the complementarities discovered in the microeconomic level are also relevant at the macro level. The United Nation’s IOM World Migration Report 2018 says, “Work is the major reason that people migrate internationally, and migrant workers constitute a large majority of the world’s international migrants, with most living in high-income countries and many engaged in the service sector.” With this in mind, Neighbory offers a platform that engages migrants and host communities and matches their skill complementarities in a mutual giving manner. A successful example of this system (minus community currency support) is Time Banking. It proves that all skills, all services, can be meaningful. Please take a look at the two Time Banking videos I already posted. For further information, please visit one of Neighbory’s idea inspirations: https://timebanks.org/what-is-timebanking/

2. Mayors or organisations inviting friends or people they know, dont you think it will still achieve for both host and migrants using the platform together but rather still keep both of them in their comfortable groups with less chances to mingle and actually meaningfully collaborate.

Answer: One of the proven ways to establish a community is to start with one’s circle of friends. Although some of them may even already have migrant friends. With that, one can easily mobilize peers to provide support and engage in migrant-host society connection and problem solving. Neighbory makes it easy for towns to link with other towns. A small town of locals connecting with a small town of migrants can break socio-cultural barriers and promote cooperation and effective community building. Why? Because their cooperation and skill complementarities will benefit them all. Two towns connecting and supporting each other can change the world. Now Imagine having a lot of interconnected towns in the platform.

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2. How can one person in one town from a different country offer a service in another if they are contacted anf may want to offer the service but unable to do so?! ( expecially where thosr people offering the service maybe specialist and very specific)

Answer: A service may not be fulfilled if distance restricts it. However, Neighbory’s Hylping Hands feature may help in this particular scenario. If personal service, traditional delivery, and online fulfillment, are not possible, the people may use this feature to ask other community members to help find the nearest person who can provide a similar service. They can also help create a pool of helpers that may donate Hylp to create a Hylping Hands service chain—providers of free ride, plane tickets, lodging, or anything that can help bring the giver and receiver together. With people looking out not only for their own interest but also for the interest of others, anything is possible.

3. Africa and some countries like uganda specifically are just begining to embrace digit trade in crypto currency how will the challenges associated with acceptance of the platform in some corners of the worl be over come?

Answer: Neighbory is designed like a video game. Simple and intuitive. The idea is similar to playing video games where users earn in-game currency. Most people can easily understand the concept even if they don’t know how crypto currency works. Hylp is really just the platform’s points reward system to a “community game” that challenges users to provide goods and services to other users to earn game coins. And they can use their Hylp game coins to continue playing and to buy goods and services too. It is that simple. Just like how video games have penetrated traditional education in different parts of the world, Neighbory will use gaming strategies to introduce the system in a manner that will make it easy for people to understand.

4. Technically i want to know how the platform will ensure security of persons and its users as some migrants and people of the move maybe unable to avail services but maybe constrained by the nature of their security needs. Also criminals may take advantage of disguising as community service provider while instead targeting people to take advantage of so how will the platform ensure security along those lines.

Answer: The first step is identity verification. Neighbory is a permissioned blockchain network that requires an invitation to join that must be validated by a town Mayor and a set of rules put in place by the platform. The second is, the exchange of goods and services runs on secure self-executing blockchain smart contracts that permit trusted transactions and agreements to be carried out. From the beginning to the providing and receiving of services, Neighbory knows who the user is and what he does. This helps ensure that existing users know the people who participate in their network. Neighbory comes with identity management tools that may also use a Membership Service Provider and an Open Authorization (OAuth) solution using Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Security starts with knowing who the user is to determine his role in the community and to use that role to determine whether he is a legitimate user who can provide and receive services.

Thanks again for your comment. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Best regards,

Gil

P.S. Oh, I have a question. My updates on PHASE: Review at https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/review/neighbory-the-world-s-small-town do not reflect on the original idea I submitted at PHASE: Ideas at https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/neighbory-the-world-s-small-town.

Is that how it is supposed to transition from idea to review phase? Or did I miss anything when I updated my idea?