Approved 2021/04/09 08:58 by drirmbda (version: 12)


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.


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 see here, and replaced by a concrete roadmap.

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.

(what has happened in the past 13 years?)

  • 2006: David Irvine's first plans of a SAFE Network
    • February 22, 2016: was founded
  • 2007: David 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 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-net launched

2014 MaidSafe "the story so far", 2018 post


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

(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 Doers

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

@happybeing since April 2014 and still active, eg SAFEDrive

@dimitar since August 2014, eg First SAFE Ambassador (Bulgaria)

Incorporated: 22 February 2006

Registered office address: 6 Forbes Drive, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA8 9FG

annual return and shareholders report of March 2016

Registered Charity from: 20 January 2011

Registered office address: 6 Forbes Drive, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, KA8 9FG

financials end 2018

  • 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.

Relevant forum posts: March 2018, June 2019

MaidSafe supported
Community analyses
Peer Reviewed
Mentions of MAID/ICO

(list not reviewed)

(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)

(similar projects and status, failures, successes)

  • Napster (P2P file sharing) 1999
  • Freenet (distributed publishing) 2000
  • BitTorrent (P2P file sharing)
  • Bitcoin (decentralized trust and digital ledger) 2009


Github Archive (Deprecated/archived repositories)

(Note that some information may have become outdated and incorrect.)

SAFE Project whitepaper 'Community' Links 'Documentation' Links

Introductions by MaidSafe and community

SAFE Crossroads Intelligent and simple.

Safe Network explained

Fundamental Principles

App Directory

David's Blog


Introductions by third parties

SafeNetwork Roadmaps and Updates

(deeper questions)


(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 SafeNet

Societal Implications