ICON DApps communicate to the ICON network through Citizen Nodes.
This means every developer has to build and maintain their own Citizen Node infrastructure for their DApps to work.
THOUGH ICON IS A DECENTRALIZED NETWORK, ICON DAPPS RELY ON THESE CENTRALIZED GATEWAYS.
If the dedicated Citizen Node gets compromised or goes down, the DApp will be broke until an update is made.
ICON, like every other blockchain, relies on centralized gateway nodes to connect DApps to their network.
POCKET/FIGMENT WANTS TO CHANGE THIS WITH ICON-DI!
As a P-Rep, Pocket/Figment will establish a fully decentralized infrastructure for ICON called ICON-DI (which stand for the ICON Decentralized Infrastructure).
With ICON-DI, DApps connect to the ICON through a decentralized network of Citizen Nodes. DApps are routed through random Citizen Nodes, ensuring there is never a centralized entity between their connection with ICON.
CITIZEN NODES THAT ARE PART OF ICON-DI GENERATE REWARDS WHEN THEY SERVE TO DECENTRALIZED ICON DAPPS.
WHAT ICON-DI WILL DO?
FULLY RESILIENT DAPPS
A DApp is no longer reliant on a single Citizen Node. This increases network secturity and allows DApps to be truly censorship resistant.
STREAMLINED DAPP DEVELPMENT
Developers no longer need to worry about building and maintaining a node infrastructure. With a flip of a switch, any DApp can interface with ICON.
REWARD CITIZEN NODES
For the first time, Citizen Nodes get to generate rewards! Citizen Nodes that join ICON-DI get rewarded when they serve a DApp’s relay to ICON
“WHAT IS POCKET/FIGMENT DEVELOPING FOR ICON TO STRENGTHEN IT’S ECOSYSTEM?”
AN ECOSYSTEM FOR ALL
ANYONE will be able to run a Citizen Node on ICON-DI. While P-Reps generate rewards for decentralizing block production, Citizen Nodes will generate rewards for ensuring DApps are free from centralized gateways.
Vote for Pocket/Figment to see ICON-DI launch in Q4 2019!