Frequently Asked Questions

  • Epocum

  • What is Epocum?

    Epocum is a smart sharing Dapp based on Ethereum's blockchain platform that provides transparent and decentralized services over connectivity and is equipped with its own economic system. The platform has been designed and developed in order to allow anyone to invest in their web service and make it remunerable based on its reputation, which for the first time it's represented by the external connectivity. Our EPM token is a connection derived token and is the fuel of our system.

  • What is Epocum' vision?

    Epocum' vision elevates the web service to a real entity having connectivity as a reference economic base. How you can read on our white paper there is a direct proportionality between the connectivity of a web service and its economic value, where if connectivity increases, its economic value also increases.

  • What do you mean by connectivity?

    We intend connectivity as the different monthly IP connections to your web service. So is not the total trafic or visits of your website but the day by day avarage amount of people.

  • How do you count connectivity?

    At the time of initial configuration of your service, the platform provides for a copy process of a script in your webservice. It is equivalent to a digital ownership certificate of your service that is associated with an instance of the epocum smart contract. This is both to physically declare your ownership of your service to the entire p2p network, and to activate incoming connectivity counting.

  • For who is Epocum intended?

    Epocum provides a platform where web services owners, webmasters, developers, influencers (youtubers, twitter stars, facebook pages, etc.) or simple users can make their potential available to evoleve it's own or others web service's economy and make a profit from the connectivity imported. Read our real usage scenarios here and how to add your website here.
    The platform incentivise users to share your service on their social networks, so as to discourage the staticity towards which a web service could be brought if there was no availability or the possibility to start a marlketing campaign. All the structure behind the platform is going to affect your connectivity and it's affected by it.

  • Smart sharing contracts

  • What is a smart sharing contract?

    Smart sharing contracts are not smart contracts, because they can not directly influence the world outside the blockchain, but are a typology which allows the creation of decentralized links distributed over IPFS and shared over social networks in order to maximize the media power of the sponsorization that we provide.
    Decentralized links (dLink) hash are associated at the memory level to an interface of the smart contract at the time of their creation, in order to give to the network the possibility to trace back it's creator from the smart contract and certifying the approved connectivity level associated with the ipfs hash without any error margin.
    So the output of a smart sharing contract is a dLink like this one:
    QmT1X7ceQ2ZqFLnUeGAfuK6cBZBaB18DoHGFgmGkM7LAru.
    But once you share it on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter it will appear like the original link of the website you are sponsoring, like a normal post.

  • How does a dLink works?

    The redirect process of the dLink works the same way as other advertisement companies links with the difference that this link is uneditable. Nowadays advertising links to share are centralized services that you buy from companies, so the analytics of how much people clicked that link is first seen by a central authority and then is communicated to you, without any transparency. dLinks instead are decentralized and the connectivity it's seen at the same time both from you and all others nodes of the network. This way there is a double relationship with the network that guarantee you the correctness and security of data.
    Learn more in our guide

  • How is a Smart Sharing Contract generated?

    The smart sharing contract is made up of 2 phases: the creation of the smart contract, where the creator set a connectivity target requested for it's own or other service to advertise, and the subsequent acceptance of that smart contract by someone else. Acceptance is the last phase of the smart sharing contract, and is when a user through his wallet confirm that he can bring the connectivity target requested to the creator generating it's own dLink to spread over social, on this way the epocum network can start register all the connections entry from that post, and at the moment of the achievement of the target specified, the smart contract through the validation of our network guarantees you the token payment.
    Learn more in our guide

  • How many types of Smart Sharing Contracts exist?

    There are three types of smart sharing contracts: pay for share contract, pay for connectivity contract and earn for share contract.
    Let's analyze more in detail the smart sharing contracts:
    Pay for connectivity: The owner of a web service can create a smart contract where he sets a goal of connectivity that he want to reach and a total reward for the users that will accept that contract and sposnor his web service. When promoters reach the goal setted by the owner the smart contract ends and pays them accordingly based by the connectivity that each promoter brought.
    Pay for share: The owner of the web service can create a smart contract where he sets a per user reward for the social sharing. When a user accepts that contract it first has to be approved by the smart contract owner, which will verify his social pages to know better wich type of promoter he is in business with. This way the owner can choose the promoter himself and decline the acceptance of the ones that are not suited for his business.
    Earn for share: This type of contract is intended to be used not by web owners but users. Any user of Epocum can select a web service, not necessarily linked to the platform, and share it through our platform. The connectivity that the user brings to the web service will be counted in the monthly reward distribution and the user will take his share of EPM from that distribution. This way the website increases his connectivity, without even doing anything, and the promoter/influencer earn generated EPMs reward from the connectivity they brought. Users that will use this type of contract must comply to the same rules for web-owners. You will need to hold on your wallet a percentage of EPM based on how much connectivity you bring to web services.

    Learn more in our guide

  • For who are Smart Sharing Contracts intended?

    Influencers, promoters, developers, web-owners, advertisers, webmasters that whant to increment his or others services.
    Read our usage scenarios

  • Why should I use Smart Sharing Contracts?

    The smart sharing contracts changes the way sharing advertising worked before: it changes the investments, the trust between parties and that from now on anybody can become a promoter and share web services on their social networks in exchange of ETH, EPM or other ERC-20 tokens.
    Furthermore the best sharing is the one that is made by real people, and not bots or fake accounts. This is very important because advertisers should understand that it is not the smart contract itself that brings visits. The smart contract is just the fuse, it's the next series of events that counts. It can have unpredictable results, the complexity of the network can be calculated up to a certain point.
    Smart sharing contracts also creates new job opportunities: if you are an influencer you can now decide what to sponsor just by selecting a web service that suits you the most. You can share links on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and so on. The same goes for simple users that want to become promoters and start sposnoring websites with their friends on social networks. You could even become a connectivity trader, se when the connectivity of a service goes up or down and sponsor it in the right moment.
    Read our usage scenarios

  • Alpha

  • Is alpha already available?

    Yes. The alpha version, also called learning version, is online now and runs on the Ropsten test network. The alpha release will begin an incubation period of real web services in the testnet mode, allowing them a relevant position in the next version.

  • What can I do with the alpha?

    With the alpha you can test and familiarize with the platform and its basic features. Understand how to activate your account, link your website and start the connectivity count, create and accept smart sharing contracts and see some analytic data about your connectivity. During the alpha you will see the connectivity brought by websites and dLinks.

  • Is the reward distribution already running on Alpha version?

    No. The reward distribution will start with the Beta version.

  • Do I need to signup for using Epocum's services?

    No. Epocum is a decentralized application. You just need to create an account when first entering in the platform. Your account is created based on your Wallet client and we don't need any of your personal information. If you don't have a browser client Epocum will create an offline wallet for you.
    Read the tutorial

  • Beta

  • When will the Beta version will be available?

    The beta version of our platform will be launched on Q2 2018 and it will run on Ethereum main network. You can take a look at our roadmap here.

  • What will be included in the Beta?

    In addition to the basic introductory features of Alfa v0.8, will have decentralized reward distribution to wallets attached to the services that will become part of our network and will be implemented the pay for share, pay for connectivity and earn for share contracts.
    There will be also the complete implementation of the entire decentralized network protocol.
    In the beta will also be present a rank of websites, promoters and influencers with they relative connectivity.

  • Will Beta run on the Main Net?

    Yes, the Beta will run on Ethereum's Main Net.

  • Basics

  • What is a Cryptocurrency?

    Described in the simplest way, cryptocurrencies are digital assets stored on computer databases around the world.Anyone can purchase these digital assets, and as a result their price goes up when more people buy, and down as more people sell, just as the exchange rate constantly changes for your own country’s currency as traders buy and sell it. But unlike the (fiat) money in your pocket or bank account, cryptocurrencies are not issued or controlled by any sovereign state or central bank- they’re ruled by plain, logical computer code.

  • What is Ethereum?

    Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

  • What is a Blockchain?

    A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data.
    Read more on wikipedia

  • What is a Smart contract?

    Smart contracts help people exchange money, property, shares- pretty much anything of value- in a transparent, conflict-free way. Both parties can see the code of the contract, and thus the outcome. Smart contracts also avoid the services of a middleman- for instance, when sending money to a friend, banks are the middlemen, taking their cut every step of the way.
    Read more on wikipedia

  • What is a Token?

    A fungible virtual good that can be traded. Secondary “issuance” and “consumption” operations may also exist, transaction fees may also be collected, and simultaneous multi-transfers with many parties may be possible. Typical use cases is a currencie.

  • What is a Dapp?

    Shorthand for a Decentralized Application, a Dapp is a piece of software with a standard UI (user interface) but utilizing a decentralized back-end, meaning it doesn’t run on your computer, instead typically making use of a blockchain and smart contracts.

  • What is a Wallet?

    You store physical money in your physical wallet, you store digital money in your digital wallet- software either installed on your computer or on a secure server, which allows you to interact with digital coins and store them at a digital address.

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