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A. Unofficial FAQ

This section answers some questions that we could not easily find elsewhere. You can check the official FAQ for other questions. A list of acronyms is here.


Glossary and Acronyms wiki

Clearnetwork: Refers to the Internet as we know it today, which is what SAFE Network will replace.

MAIDSAFE: “Massive Array of Internet Disks, Secure Access For Everyone”, the name of the entity leading the development of the SAFE Network.

MVP: Minimum Viable Product: As defined in 2016, not the final product with messaging and SafeCoin, but a working network for storage, that may not guarantee perpetual data storage yet as it would be un-paid. In 2019 the meaning has changed, and replaced by a concrete roadmap. In 2024 again a new roadmap was presented.

PARSEC: Protocol for Asynchronous, Reliable, Secure and Efficient Consensus: An open sourced library

SAFE Network: “Secure Access for Everyone Network”, the name of the new Internet.

B. History and Timeline

What happened in the past 20 years or so?

  • 2006: David Irvine’s first plans of a SAFE Network
    • February 22, 2016: was founded
  • 2007: David Irvine completes a PoC in Python
  • 2008
  • 2009: Start of MaidSafeDHT and MaidsSafePD development, rewrite portions in C++
  • 2010: Founding of MaidSafe Foundation (and MaidSafe Inc.?) to protect technology from trolls and corporations
    • David Irvine donates all of his 80% share in the company – 50% to foundation, 30% to EBT(=?)
  • 2011
  • 2012: MaidSafeDHT replaced by RUDP (=?) and Routing
  • 2013: Vault code re-write from scratch completed and all libraries are open-sourced
  • 2014: Raising 8M$ of funding through MAID ICO
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017: MAIDSafe team expanded to 30+ people; front and back-end teams
  • 2018: The PARSEC Milestone is completed
  • 2019: Significant non-technical staff reduction; refocus on core product
  • 2020
  • 2021: Fleming test nets launched
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024: Announcement of beta and new CEO to prepare for launch

2018 post


  • Sigmoid x was a company that was later folded into MaidSafe.
  • MaidSafe has sponsored work at Strathclyde University in the past.

C. People

(who are those people on the forum and what are their interests? Categories? Who are most well-known? Ranking by date of first post?)

MAIDSafe Team on the SAFE Network Forum

SAFE Network Forum Moderator Team

Official SAFE Ambassadors: @dimitar (Bulgaria); @Sotros25 (US); @oetyng (Sweden)

Community Contributors

Somewhat arbitrary and incomplete list of people and their projects. Add your SAFE Network community heroes here.

D. Corporate Organization


MaidSafe (UK)

SafeNetwork Foundation (UK) – Scottish charity

  • Registered Charity from: 20 January 2011
  • Registered office address: 6 Forbes Drive, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA8 9FG
  • Holds less than 50% of the shares of MaidSafe.Net.
  • Financials end 2018

Project Reorganization and Loan Program: November 2019

  • To lower burn rate and focus on core product, MAIDSafe closes 2 offices and reduces staff update.
  • Holders of 100,000 MAID or more now may enter into a contract to lend their coins to MAIDSafe for a 50% return once SAFE Network launches.

SafeNetwork Foundation (Switzerland)

E. Patents and Trademarks

Relevant forum posts: March 2018, June 2019.

E.1 Papers

E.1.1 MaidSafe-supported

E.1.2 Peer Reviewed (probably peer-reviewed)

E.1.3 Mentions of MAID/ICO (list not reviewed)

E.2 Patents

(This is a community best effort list. Do not rely on this information for any purpose, do your own research and obtain your professional advice.) Believed to be up to date as of June 2019.

E.2.1 Patents Granted (US)

E.2.2 Patent Applications (US)

E.2.3 Published Applications (Worldwide)


  • Litecoin-based key-value data store Kevacoin (whitepaper)
    • 3072 bytes value limit, perpetual availability, KVA crypto/mined
  • Bitcoin fork Namecoin DNS (.bit TLD)
    • 520 bytes value limit, renewable availability, NMC crypto/mined
    • Namecoin+OpenID=NameID (replaces OpenID)

G. Lists of Resources

(Note that some information may have become outdated and incorrect.)



Github Archive (Deprecated/archived repositories)

Useful Resources Online

SAFE Project whitepaper ‘Community’ Links ‘Documentation’ Links

Introductions by MaidSafe and community

SAFE Crossroads

Safe Network explained

Fundamental Principles

Fundamentals 1/2

Fundamentals 2/2

App Directory

SAFE Network apps

David’s Blog

The impossible network

Third Party Introductions

Links from around the web

Introductions by third parties

SafeNetwork Roadmaps and Updates

MaidSafe Activities and Groups

H. Philosophy


(What does it mean to store information forever? What is forever? What is the scope of SAFE Network, and what will be needed to achieve true perpetual storage?)

A list of measures against which to measure “perpetuity”


Equitable Access

Misuse of SAFE Network

Societal Implications


Zooko’s Triangle

DNS Trilemma: Human-readable (low entropy) vs Secure vs Decentralized

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