TON Blockchain is built on the idea that the payment industry can benefit tremendously from the democratization brought forward by the blockchain technology, but only when the right technologies are chosen and combined with the accepted industry workflows and systems.
When done correctly, this transition to blockchain-based payments will lead to radically improved credit/debit payment system through the combination of lower transaction fees, tight privacy controls, low rates on credit balances, and connected extra services.
TON Blockchain is a socially responsible organization, introduces a distributed, real-time payment processor and services platform into the global market covering a wide variety of credit and debit payment use cases. It allows merchants to accept small payments and avoid dealing with big banking and government institutions, prevents fears of recourse coming from corrupt societies; it frees consumers from the usurious interest rates on the credit card balances. Finally, it opens up global commerce where the governments are making cross-border transacting difficult.
All the TON software is under an open source license. TON Foundation is a non-for-profit entity, and we intend to operate as such unless we’re forced to change status by the governing laws of the land.
We believe a Blockchain like TON can have a far reaching impact, removing friction from the systems and enabling new use cases. To provide a few examples:
CORE SET OF PRINCIPLES FOR TON
Real Time Authorizations
Real time authorizations are the crux of the modern payment processing. Accomplishing real-time authorizations requires a flexible and scalable architecture and an end-to-end solution
Transaction Privacy and Untraceability as the Basis for Payment Blockchain
We believe that complete transaction privacy and untraceability should be at the basis of the payment blockchain. The private network then implements facilities that allow both parties to select the levels of disclosures that are appropriate for any given transaction
PoW / PoS / PoI working together
We believe that proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, and proof-of-id each have their place in an application specific blockchain implementation like payments. We believe in implementing and using all these various approaches gradually and selectively to accomplish the ultimate security of the network as well as speed and reliability of the transactions.
Open Platform for Service Brokers
It is difficult to completely automate or/and decentralize some services such as identity verification, credit card processing, or instant currency exchange. While some core features such as real time authorization and untraceability are provided and implemented by the network itself, many important services will be delivered by third party service brokers. It is difficult to completely automate or/and decentralize some services such as identity verification, credit card processing, or instant currency exchange.
Complex systems are not stable. We believe in specialization of blockchains vs having bloated one-size-fits all approach that other smart contract based blockchains implement. We will add smart contract features that are relevant to the application, with an eye towards integrity and reliability of the network
We estimate it will take an organization of 70-80 people to carry out the vision of fully developed TON Blockchain. Having lead a dozen or so large size product development efforts in our careers we believe in the following principles when it comes to building an effective organization that is capable of executing on the TON vision: Organization-wide
For our Engineering organization we believe should follow these principles:
The core organization will be augmented by volunteers and industry players who will want to contribute to the project. We will actively manage the community and ensure that the community is properly motivated to participate and contribute to the project!