OATH Dispute Resolution ProtocolBlockChain Governance ProtocolBlockChain Security Layer 2

Blockchain Dispute Resolution & Governance Protocol

What is OATH?

OATH’s dispute resolution protocol is modeled on the common-law jury system and utilizes blockchain, cryptographic algorithms, random algorithms associated with categories and attributes, jurors’ credit level, and case-tracking technology. OATH is building a decentralized, standard, and extensible public chain-agnostic protocol that protects dApp users’ rights and assets.

OATH video introduction

CORE CONCEPTS

USABILITY OF SMART CONTRACT

A user-friendly smart contract tool will greatly reduce barriers to using smart contracts. In addition, OATH protocol will be built into those smart contracts to protect users’ rights and assets.

DECENTRALIZED ≠ ANARCHY

A decentralized ecosystem should be governed by a decentralized community. OATH provides a standard blockchain governance protocol by organizing a decentralized jury community, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, to resolve disputes or arguments on blockchain.

CONSENSUS IS THE REAL LAW

While it is true that “code is law,” code can only be executed by the rules that are programmed into the code, and it can’t resolve any matters outside of those parameters.
Consensus is the real law because only consensus among all users is capable of resolving all kinds of matters.

SHARED COMMUNITY

DApp users are incentivized to build a healthy ecosystem. OATH invites users from different communities to not only provide governance for the dApp they support, but also for other ecosystems. This way, we can grow a large shared community.

Why OATH?

Blockchain Security should have two different layers: Technology and Governance. So far, we have only focused on information technology security, like ‘anti-hacking’ or ‘code review.’ But Blockchain Governance is just as (if not more) important because every user needs it from time to time. OATH Protocol encourages users from different communities to join us and becomes part of our OATH Jury to help with chain governance and dApp dispute resolution.

TRUST

All key data, such as the contract and relevant evidence, is hashed into the blockchain to establish a permanent, immutable record.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The jury members’ identities are kept confidential through cryptographic techniques to ensure objectivity and immunity from external influence.

DYNAMICITY

OATH’s dynamic allocation algorithm reduces the odds of the same jury members resolving multiple disputes to avoid collusion.

FAIRNESS

OATH’s categorized random algorithm, designed for reducing bias, selects jurors with diverse backgrounds to ensure fairness.

INCENTIVE

OATH’s credit level system and token mechanism work together to evaluate and motivate the jurors.

AUTONOMY

Both parties to the contract may set the details of the dispute resolution process they agree to be bound by.

TRANSPARENCY

Once the dispute is resolved, the jury’s votes and stated reasons therefor are disclosed to the community.

ARCHIVE

The contracts and dispute resolution results are encrypted and saved on the OATH Chain for future reference.

OATH INFRASTRUCTURE

OATH provides an interface for smart contract programming languages. All smart contracts written through the OATH interface are automatically secured by OATH’s smart arbitration plan.
OATH also provides a layer 2 library for easy dApp integration and dispute resolution via OATH protocol.

OATH will deploy Oracle services to public chains. The Oracle service will be used to communicate between the Smart contract using the OATH Protocol and the OATH platform. External monitoring services will capture and execute the query events broadcast by the OATH Oracle. The arbitration results will be sent back to the smart contract by a 'callback transaction'.

OATH Blocks have 2 sets of data: case information and evidence files. Case information will have smart contract content, arbitration setups, selected jury, vote, and arbitration results. That information will be encrypted and saved on the block. Evidence files will be saved in the IPFS system. We will have the hash key for the files saved on the block.

OATH encrypts the jurors identities, so that their decision is objective and free from external influence. It uses a “categorized random algorithm” for selecting a jury group that’s free from bias, and “relational attributes” to prevent jurors from colluding. It creates a fair, justified, and transparent system. All the jurors will vote independently based on the evidence, testimony, and smart contract content.

OATH TEAM

Yin Xu
Co-founder & CEO
  • B.S. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin
  • 10+ years of internet experience
  • Started coding at age 14
  • Former Trip.com Lead Engineer
  • Series Entrepreneur
  • Jenny Vatrenko
    Co-founder & COO - US
  • Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Baruch College
  • Former high-stakes commercial litigator at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Assistant District Attorney at Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York
  • Hongwei Wang
    Co-founder & Head of Engineering
  • B.S. from Tsinghua University
  • 10+ years of engineering experience
  • Former Google Senior Engineer
  • Expert in parallel computing and algorithms
  • Will Zhang
    Co-founder
  • B.S. from Peking University
  • M.S in Computer Science from Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Founding partner of crypto-exchange ‘ex-btc.com’
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Danyao Zhou
    Head of Design
  • M.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Graphic/UI/UX Designer
  • Expert in crossdomain design
  • Alice Fu
    Head of Quantitative Modeling
  • M.S in Math from University of Oxford
  • Years of experience in venture capital
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • MICHAEL WURZINGER
    Head of Business Development and Community
  • B.S. from Konstanz University (Germany)
  • Visiting scholar at Jiaotong University
  • Business Manager at Mercedes Benz and Siemens
  • Co-founder of CM Crypto Events
  • Ambassador @AION
  • Xiaoyu Huang
    Content Manager
  • B.A. from University of Miami
  • M.A. from Columbia University
  • Rotterdam OMA, Haiti’s Urban Renewal and Tourism Development Project, and 7th Art
  • Qi Guo
    Office Manager
  • B.S. in Department of labor and social security fromEast China University of politics and law
  • 10 years of experience in human resource and office management
  • Weihui Tang
    Community Manager
  • B.S. in French from Shanghai Foreign Studies University
  • Years of wedding planning and revenue management in five-star hotels
  • Years of Product operation experience
  • Yiting Cai
    Executive Assistant

  • Graduated from Osaka University of Tourism, Japan with a master degree
  • Based in Japan for more than 10 years
  • Worked as boffin in biggest travel agency in Japan, JTB Corporation
  • Former CEO assistant in Tianhai joint- stock company
  • Haocheng Ying
    Graphic Designer & Illstrator

  • Graduated from animation department of China academy of arts
  • Years of graphic design experience, good at illustration
  • Participate in the design of several mascots and draw illustrations for various brands
  • OATH ADVISORS

    Jia Tian

    Bitfinex investor. Bitfund chief scientist. Venture Partner of Zhenfund. Cortex chief scientist. Senior technical expert on blockchain.

    Huawei Kong

    Director of the Institute of Computing Technology in Shanghai, Branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and partner of Qidian Capital.

    Xiahong Lin

    Founder & CEO of Bodhi. Partner of Continue Capital. Senior engineer of traditional internet and blockchain.

    David Hong

    Founder and Director of Business Development for Heyi Blockchain, an affiliate of the Chinese world-renowned law firm King Wood and Mallesons. Juris doctor from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

    Dafeng Guo

    Co-founder of EOSAsia, one of the 21 BPs, EOSAsia. Co-founder and CTO of Strikingly. Contributed in trading system at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

    Rui Zhang

    Co-founder of NAD, blockchain-energy startup. Graduated from Cornell university and Harvard University. Licensed Lawyer in New York, California, and Mainland China.

    Zainan Zhou

    Ethereum core contributor and Senior Engineer & Tech Lead at Google. Investment consultant for several funds in Silicon Valley.

    Annetta Li

    B.A. from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Years of branding and marketing, Organized numbers of famous blockchain industry meetings and road shows.

    OATH INVESTORS

    amino
    GBIC
    blockchain_ventures
    cotinue
    quarkchain
    gongshi
    alphacoin
    blockchain_hero



    OATH PARTNERSHIPS

    nem
    drep
    tripio
    populstay



    Medias

    OATH TOKENS

    OATH will issue 10,000,000,000 ERC-20 tokens (OATH) that facilitate engagement between participants on the platform by providing access to the platform and acting as its internal currency.
    OATH can be earned by acting as nodes, arbitraging contracts, or providing community services. It may also be purchased from crypto exchanges and marketplaces.



    TOKEN ALLOCATION

    FAQs

    What is OATH and what does it do?

    Oath is a security layer that provides a dispute resolution and governance solution for the blockchain ecosystem.
    “Code is Law,” but we believe that Common Consensus is the real law. While code may resolve certain issues according to its pre-defined parameters, Common Consensus can address a much broader and flexible range of potential disputes that are not or cannot be pre-defined. Our vision is to create a robust, fair, and decentralized standard dispute resolution protocol that can be used by both public chains and dApps to facilitate community decision making.

    Where does the name OATH come from?

    An oath is a solemn promise or attestation of truth. It includes Juror’s Oath, which is an oath taken by jurors before serving on a jury and deciding a case, promising to try the case to the best of their ability and according to the evidence.
    Not only does it sound cool, but it also also directly relates to what we are doing.

    Which public chains are compatible with OATH?

    Oath is a standard blockchain-agnostic protocol. In a nutshell, through APIs, we are compatible with any public chain or dApp.

    What is Proof of Common Sense (PoCS) and how does it work?

    Proof of Common Sense is our term to describe the consensus mechanism used by Oath jurors to decide a case. The jurors use their common sense to judge the dispute based on provided evidence as well as their sense of right and wrong. Just like regular jurors in the Anglo-American common law system, Oath jurors do not need specific expertise or skills to be selected to serve on a jury, and our built-in mechanisms will score each juror’s reputation and credibility (“credit level”) automatically over time, so the jurors’ effectiveness can be tracked over time.
    PoCS is the ultimate result of the jury vote that leads to the case verdict.

    How does OATH verify authenticity of the evidence provided during a dispute?

    We have analyzed and evaluated several alternatives to facilitate efficient evidence authentication. Our approach is based on the mathematical model of strategic interaction between two parties (in this case, parties to a dispute) called game theory. The parties’ are incentivized to provide authentic and complete evidence to win the jurors’ trust. If one party uploads a fake, modified, or incomplete document, the other party or a juror can instantly respond and provide missing or misrepresented information.

    How does OATH deal with unresponsive or malicious jurors?

    Oath protocol employs a “juror credit level” mechanism. The mechanism rewards desirable behavior, such as siding with the prevailing party and making timely decisions, and penalizes judges who continuously misjudge or delay the process by failing to render timely decisions. Jurors with higher credit levels earn higher awards for deciding cases and have the opportunity to decide cases on appeal. Conversely, lower credit levels decrease one’s awards and the range of available cases. Continuous misbehavior and inactivity will lead to increased penalties and potentially even an expulsion from the Oath jury community. Finally, to prevent joint judging or collision of interests, our algorithms randomly choose the jurors who have not served on any recent cases together.

    What kind of information is stored on the OATH chain and who benefits from it?

    OATH chain includes one case ledger and one IPFS for file storage.
    The case ledger is used to keep relevant data of all cases such as contract contents, verdicts, voting reasons, selected jurors, etc. The IPFS system stores case-related evidence files. Together, they create an immutable and searchable record of all cases decided via Oath protocol. This benefits the ecosystem because it allows jurors or other interested parties to review past cases and verdicts any given point, whether to guide their decision making or monitor for repeat offenders.

    How do I sign up to be a juror?

    Once our platform is ready for use, you will be able to apply on Oath’s Juror Application Portal by submitting an application with information about your gender, age, nationality, language, educational background, etc.
    Initially, we will have a Jury Community Management team to review the applications and assign initial juror credit levels. Once our community has sufficiently grown, applications will be reviewed by active jurors with high credit scores who will be compensated for their effort. Jurors will also be rewarded from the case commission fee pool for inviting new juror applicants to the community.

    Does OATH share my personal identifying information, provided during the juror sign-up process to facilitate categorization?

    Oath will never share your personal identifying information with anyone.
    When a juror signs up and provides general information (e.g., age group, nationality, level of education), the data is encrypted and saved on the Oath Blockchain. Our random algorithm then uses the provided information to categorize and selects jurors from diverse categories to serve together to reduce biases and guarantee a fair and diverse jury.
    The information provided during the sign-up process is only required to guarantee a fair and decentralized judging procedure.

    How do I add the OATH dispute resolution protocol to my dApp or chain?

    Oath is a protocol (library/extension layer), and it can be easily integrated through APIs on any public chain or dApp. In addition to API integration, the Oath platform also offers smart contract templates that automatically embed our protocol. For any collaboration inquiries, please reach out to Michael Wurzinger at [email protected]

    Is your white paper available in other languages?

    Our whitepaper is available in English and Mandarin Chinese. We also plan to translate it into other languages, and we welcome your suggestions, as well as help, with those translations. The new editions of the white paper will be published on our website once they are ready.

    Will there be a bounty program?

    We will shortly announce a community-building bounty program, to encourage and reward our community members for spreading the word about Oath, helping us grow our juror community, and providing feedback on our progress. Once we are ready to release an early version of our technology, we will announce a bug bounty program, and we look forward to inviting our community alongside our engineering and development team to make our technology as strong as possible.

    I have a question not on the list. Whom can I ask about it?

    We are always happy to help as well as hear suggestions about any features or issues you think we should address. Just reach out to us at [email protected] or submit your questions here (here is a link to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hfHYJLsNdVOSBuNIRhd4Ccgmj0K3tLXeCMNZ2mRFUDc/edit).

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