Developer Introduction Video (5-min)
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The wireframes and flowcharts shown in the videos are available at https://github.com/blackboxlaw
User Experience/User Interface (5-min)
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WHAT IS WORLDLAW?
WHAT IS WORLDLAW?
Lawsuits are expensive and most victims of domestic violence and other civil-wrongs lack resources for obtaining justice.
To win in court you need to provide stong evidence. The value and importance of electronically stored evidence (ESE) has risen dramatically over the past few years.
Unfortunately, the lack of standardization in storage frameworks, accessibility methods, and chain-of-custody challenges make the use of ESE as admissible evidence costly, difficult to quantify, and prone to inefficiencies.
WorldLaw does not adjudicate claims but it sure helps. Typical claims are filed at courthouses and using WorldLaw services by loading all the relevent information ahead of time is evaulated by a claim adjudicator like a court magistrate or judge is highly important.
WorldLaw supports efficient claim management in traditional court systems.
It is a set of free online efficiency tools used by legal professionals and anchored by the participation of the public.
The primary way to file a claim is at a courthouse and the evidence required to prove a claim is likely going to be pictures, videos, audio recordings, documents, or statements. Magistrates, judges, and juries will require proof the evidence is what it appears to be and that requires testimony.
Storing Evidence on Nodes and Blockchains Guarantee Authenticity
WorldLaw is an application that runs on a 3 node-based systems, Swarm, IPFS and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) known as the world-computer that stores information on the Ethereum blockchain.
WorldLaw manages content ESE on two different node based systems Swarm and IPFS.
A primary focus of WorldLaw is offering a application specifically for non-technical users to create and administer their own legal claims without many of the typical high-costs of prosecuting or defending against a traditional paper-file-folder legal claim.
ESE consists of Documents of legal value stored in ledgers, indexes, blocks, and chunks of immutable data under an electronic contract found at WorldLaw.eth. This immutable data is necessary to prosecute, or argue a legal civil claim for resolution efficiently, thus saving significant legal costs.
Because information on reliable node-based systems is public, encryption is essential. The WorldLaw system uses local client side AES256 encryption. This ensures the user data never leaves their local system in an unencrypted format. The second feature is that WorldLaw is never in possesssion of the users data. It is either safely on the users devices, or it is encrypted on the blockchain and storage nodes.
Users will need an identity to properly tie testimony to ESE. WorldLaw allows user to create a free-form identity at Swarmers.eth, or may use an existing identity provider of a government agency, Uport, Keybase, Sovrin, Blockstack ID, or any other form that that can be authenticated.
Victims of Domestic Violence, Torts and Other Civil Wrongs like Negligence
Victims of domestic violence have a life-and-death interest in preserving evidence that if found could lead to continued or worse threats, intimidation, and violence. A secure method of off-site reliable storage that is easy and fast to use is critical. WorldLaw helps.
Vehicle Related Misdemeanors and Accident Claims
Managing thousand of documents, images, chain of custody requirements, storage costs related to automotive and injury claims totals in the billions of dollars per year.
The WorldLaw system allows for data to be encrypted and sent to a centralized system where is cannot be destroyed, altered or manipulated. This will save insurance companies, adjusters, lawyers, and victims millions of dollars in cost and time savings. WorldLaw helps.
TELL ME ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY
TELL ME ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY
Electronically Stored Evidence
Electronically stored evidence includes images, scans, audio, video, and other electronic information that is encrypted and permanently stored on a decentralized storage management system. Once stored, the resulting index tables and records generated from the third party storage providers is managed in the Worldlaw system. The system not only provides users ways to stored and manage electronic evidence, but also allows the execution of agreements, management of legal claims that is decentralized, permission-less, with universal access and verifiable cryptography.
In essence, the WorldLaw system provides instructions to the Ethereum Virtual Machine that processes theses instructions and results in the creation of an immutable record on the the storage nodes and blockchain. Each transaction costs a few Finneys which equals a 1/1000 of an Ether, the currency used by Ethereum to fuel the transaction process.
Evidence can take up a lot of computer space and is usually unsecured. Keeping track of it and making sure it is available is critical for successful claims.
The safest place to store evidence is where it cannot be easily discovered by the opposing party or easily tampered with. Courts are required to verify the reliability ESE to preserve the integrity of the legal system and WorldLaw specializes in making this process efficient for victims and their agents. This is an essential part of the legal system.
WorldLaw provides the user a simple way to create encrypted ESE files that are managed through an electronic contract found at Tidbits.eth. This WorldLaw contract establishes the basis for authentication of admissible evidence required for claim resolution which ties a real identity to a testimonial statement tied to a content ESE file. This satisfies essential rules of evidence for court admissibilty.
For those seeking justice, the civil wrongs must be consolidated to conform to rules of law and procedure. These are called claims.
The Worldlaw System uses specially built protocols that interact with Swarm and IPFS nodes to store data-rich electronic files and uses Ethereum blockchain to manage the routes to the ESE stored on the node network.
The Worldlaw system protocols are designed to overlay onto common legal forms found in U.S. court jurisdictions. The common elements are consolidated and stored along with the ESE on Swarm and IPFS nodes, and the claims are stored on the Ethereum blockchain that are distributed so they can be accessed anytime and anywhere without a gate-keeper intermediary.
Courts need to be sure you are who you say you are.
A person who signs a contract with a symbol is enough to satisfy the signature requirement of contracts as long a court can verify who uses that symbol and who placed it there. That is all an identity needs to be, something that is unique enough to be attached to a legal person.
Usually a cryptographic identity is a hash which is usually just a long string of letter and numbers. Unfortunately these hashes are hard to remember so we provide a human readable indentity that makes it easy for you to remember. WorldLaw uses a service found at Swarmers.eth to assign free user identifications through the Ethereum Naming Service (ENS). These on-the-fly identities are used to attach to their electronic evidence and testimony. They can be reused or discarded at will, but will be the linchpin tying all electronic evidence to a particular plaintiff.
Practically speaking, the WorldLaw system has no identity requrements, and all identity requirements are wholly determined by the users of the system. This is possible by using document oriented databases opposed to relational ones, which means the database conforms to your needs not the other way around.