What is KILT?

KILT is an open-source blockchain protocol for issuing self-sovereign, anonymous and verifiable credentials for Web3, the next generation of the internet. KILT’s mission is to return control over personal data to its owner, restoring privacy to the individual. Developers and entrepreneurs can use KILT’s SDK to quickly spin up applications for issuing, holding and verifying credentials in order to create businesses around identity and privacy. KILT Protocol is the technology on which SocialKYC, a decentralized identity verification service, is built.

How do BOTLabs and KILT relate?

KILT Protocol was initially developed by BOTLabs GmbH in Berlin BOTLabs currently owns around one third of the existing KILT coins as outlined in KILT’s updated tokenomics. To ensure democracy and decentralization, BOTLabs will abstain from voting on all proposals and referenda, except in a critical situation where a malicious proposal threatens the technical security of the network. The percentage of coins owned by BOTLabs is designed to decrease over time, due to inflation in the network.

What do I need to do if I want to use KILT?

KILT Coin holders can participate in governance and staking on the network. Users can also get credentials using SocialKYC,  and develop credentials services with the KILT SDK.

Is it really free?

The KILT Protocol is licensed under a commonly used license model for open-source software. Using the software of the reference implementations and using the principals of the protocol will not be charged. However, anyone is free to develop applications on top of the KILT Protocol and license them in exchange for money or offer paid services on top of the KILT Protocol. It will also be possible to earn KILT Coins by offering services like attestations with the KILT Protocol. Offering such services is a business model for Attesters. Neither BOTLabs nor the KILT Foundation will charge any fees to anyone using the KILT Protocol software.

I need KILT in my organization. How do I proceed?

If you have an internal IT department, you will probably not need any help. KILT features an easy-to-use JavaScript SDK which makes it easy to generate success. If you do not have an IT department, or yours is busy right now, or you need help in shaping the product or project, you can either turn to us or contact one of our Certified KILT Integrators.

I want to become a System Integrator. What do I need to do?

First of all: get in touch via info@kilt.io – we will start the process together with you. For becoming a Certified KILT Integrator, we will ask you to show us some work already done on KILT. KILT’s Team will conduct a code review and we will ask for a short interview with one customer of yours you met in a project situation.

Is KILT running on Ethereum? And will the KILT Coin be an ERC20 Token?

No. The KILT blockchain is built on Parity Substrate and is running as a parachain on the Kusama network as part of the Polkadot ecosystem. KILT has its own native blockchain and a native KILT Coin.

Is there a demo application where I can test my business idea?

Yes! With our demo applications you can simulate the role of the Attester, Claimer and Verifier using the real blockchain. 1.) You can already use our open-source mobile wallet app for Claimers and customise it to your needs! 2.) You can use it alongside our demo-client to emulate a Claimer-Attester-Verifier flow.
We’re currently working on making it easier for you to configure the demo mobile wallet to fit your use case, especially your cType. Even better: we’re implementing two companion apps for the demo mobile wallet, one for Attesters and one for Verifiers, so you can demo the whole flow. All three sample apps will be completely open source.

Is there a blockchain explorer which I can use for debugging and can I have access to the telemetry of the KILT Blockchain?

Telemetry is great to get an overview of the network and the Chain Explorer is helpful to take a look at transactions and events.

Can I install a KILT full node myself?

You can, but you don’t need to. We’ve deployed full nodes for you touse. If you wish to run a full node and connect to KILT Spiritnet (the KILT Mainnet), our codebase is open source and available here.

Can I clone KILT Protocol and run a permissioned blockchain?

Yes – like Bitcoin and Ethereum, KILT is an open-source protocol, so the codebase etc. can be cloned to start your own chain. However, the cloned chain would be independent and outside the KILT trust ecosystem and token-based economy.

How can I become an Attester?

Anyone can become an Attester by integrating the KILT SDK into their business processes, creating a CType (Credential Type) and then building an Attester business. The success of this business, however, will depend on building real-world trust.

Is there a wallet?

Yes, the Sporran wallet is a browser extension to read and display KILT Coin balances from the KILT blockchain or from third-party applications. Sporran also allows users to sign and send transactions on the KILT blockchain. Sporran (/ˈspɒrən/) is the Scottish Gaelic word for “purse”.

What are parachains?

Parachains are sovereign blockchains running in parallel within the Kusama and Polkadot networks. Conceived by Gavin Wood, co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum, parachains bring the future of the internet to a whole new level, allowing the scalablility, interoperability, and security needed to really turn the promise of blockchain into the next generation of the internet, Web 3.0. 

How does KILT use blockchain?

KILT provides a base layer for verifiable credentials in the Web 3.0 world. Using the benefits of blockchain, KILT brings real-world accreditation to the digital world, creating a way for business to verify credentials and bring trust to a whole new level.

KILT will enable individuals, businesses, and governments to rely on a common standard which is owned by everyone participating and not by a single company.

Why did KILT become a parachain?

Many projects in the Polkadot ecosystem intend to use KILT functionality. To make KILT services available as soon as possible, with the support of the community KILT obtained an auction slot and started mainnet as a parachain on Kusama on September 8, 2021.

Running as a Kusama parachain provides core functionality for KILT including:

  1. The ability to finalize blocks and thus secure the network, even while KILT is backed by a relatively small collator network. This provides an extra layer of security to the KILT blockchain.
  2. KILT will be able to provide DIDs (Decentralized Identifiers) and Verifiable Credentials through the Relay Chain to other parachain projects inside the ecosystem.
  3. This will provide enormous network effects for the KILT blockchain.
  4. KILT would soon be able to utilize functionality from other parachains, such as smart contract systems and oracles.

Read KILT’s updated token economy for further details.