Philosophy, Business Model/Marketing, Compliance

The name TiiQu comes from the TQ or Trust Quotient.

The TQ is an algorithmically calculated number measuring professional trustworthiness derived from an individual’s certified claims about their professional career.

The TQ can be used as an avatar for an individual’s achievements. It can be shared with prospects or published on any on-demand work platform to instantly remove the guesswork about the individual’s claims.

There are many issues facing corporations today that are solved by the introduction of an immutable digital passport. These include lack of resources to effectively verify someone’s claims, fake certifications and the lack of an objective standard for evaluation.

For skilled individuals, subjective evaluation, payment insecurity and unpredictable work are all concerns. For more information, read our in depth TiiQu Booklet here.

Trust allows people to work together with confidence which means increasing supply and demand of independent work at a global scale.

For Organisations

Zero recruiting fees compensation

Recruiting process with a few clicks

Zero verification costs

For Individuals

Meritocratic exposure to global prospects

Security to be paid

Crowdsourced resolution system

For Institutions

Access to the TiiQu Verification Alliance and use of the Verifier free of charge

Issuance of digital certification of students’ degrees by a single click per year

Fake certificates made impossible 

TiiQu replaces the former subjective assessment of job candidates on the part of HR managers and recruiters with the TQ or Trust Quotient. An individual’s TQ consists of all digitally verified claims about the identity, education, memberships and previous work performances collected. It’s presented by a number, similar to a credit score.

The TQ mitigates the subjectivity of reputational elements with objective data and since each claim is certified by third parties using blockchain, the TQ is a tamper-proof, objective evaluation of an individual’s trustworthiness and suitability. It creates a level playing field for applicants, neutral to all biases of gender, ethnicity, religion, and class so anyone can hire the resources they need with complete confidence and no middlemen. The platform also allows any organisation to share information about their workforce only within their ecosystem while protecting the anonymity and privacy of the worker.

We strive to reach our goal of helping people lead autonomous professional lives by employing technologies like blockchain, social communication, rating algorithms, profiling and AI. Because employing such technologies engenders potential risks, we developed our own code of ethics in collaboration with Professor Claus Dierksmeier, director of the Global Ethic Institute of Tübingen -Germany. We commit to monitor our technologies according to our ethical guidelines and invite Partners of the TiiQu ecosystem providing services to TiiQu users to adhere the same guidelines.

The goal of creating the TQ is to establish a universal standard of evaluation which can allow meritocratic access to meaningful work opportunities at global scale.

The ultimate goal of the TiiQu platform is to enable global collaboration without constant need for middlemen.

Building the verifier prototype (COMPLETED)

Launch of the Ambassador program aiming to spread the concept in major countries and identify founding institutions and organisations that will test the alpha as founding partners (COMPLETED)

Creation of the Strategic Stakeholder Partner group (SSP group), which is a panel of 12 to 20 large organizations adhering to the project as Strategic Stakeholder Partners who will collaborate to finalize development implementations (ONGOING)

Launch of the alpha platform to test it with SSPs, founding institutions and a targeted community of STEM experts (NEXT)

TiiQu’s concept is based on the power of a self-governing community, so a major contribution to the ICO will be by potential users. Their ability to spend their Q on the platform is among the goals of our marketing strategy.

Contacts with major influencers in the HR, blockchain and future of work ecosystem are ongoing to spread the concept via social networks. Relevant audiences will be directed towards the Telegram group to discuss and contribute to the project or towards the Website to sign up to support the ICO.

As we move closer to the ICO, a referral program will be launched to support the token sale and plan. The timing of the referral campaign will be announced via the website and the Telegram group.

There are a couple ways to support the TiiQu project:

Organizations
Write to business@tiiqu.com Ref: SSP
Become founding client.
Purchase the founding client permanent membership.
Participate in the pilot.
Design the future of work with us (ask for the Strategic Stakeholder Partnership Program).

Institutions
Write to businees@tiiqu.com Ref: TiiQu Alliance
Join the project as founding institution (no fee is required).
Test the verifier and be part of the pilot.
Create the standards for verification with us.

Early Adopters
Join the Telegram group (https://telegram.tiiqu.com).
Sign up as an early adopter to be part of the alpha (https://tiiqu.com).
Sign up for the white list to take part to the ICO when launched (this is not mandatory, as you can be an early adopter and not an investor in the project).

Technology, The TQ and Platform's Functionalities

TiiQu provides functionality that allows non-technical users to author and publish smart contracts to the Ethereum blockchain. It is as easy as ordering a takeaway meal online. Smart contracts are coded instructions that help you exchange money, property or services in a transparent, conflict-free way while avoiding the services and costs of a middleman.

 

Simple conditional payments 

 

Parties may choose the currency to transact in, allowing payments to be made via tokenised fiat or other network tokens. Essentially, funds are transferred to the contract by the payer, work is performed and then both parties agree for all or part of the funds to be transferred to the payee. Transfers of funds are authorised manually via confirmation.

 

We have addressed this point in the White paper.

We know that some time might be required for users to become accustomed to exchange fiat money with tokens on a crypto exchange. Also, they must become comfortable using other blockchain-related functions.

We are committed to create a user experience as smooth as possible to navigate and keep complicated functionalities in the background. A panel of early adopters will be identified within the community to test and validate the UX during the Alpha. If interested to be part of it, please keep in touch with the Team on telegram: https:/telegram.tiiqu.com

For verification of claims, such as an education, details about the user’s education is run through a cryptographic hash function. The resulting hash is compared to the hashes published by the educational provider. If a match can be found, the user’s public key is associated with the hash issued by the provider.

The data on the blockchain provides tamperproof evidence that the user has a verified claim, without revealing the identity of the individual. The user is now free to associate or disassociate this verified claim with their passport identity.

The TQ employs several cryptographic proof mechanisms that rely on trusted third parties to provide verification for claims made by a user, mechanisms that track a user’s activity on the platform.

No personal Data is ever published to the blockchain, Data published to the blockchain is the result of Merkle trees or “zero knowledge proofs” which are impossible to be back linked.

No personal Data is ever published to the blockchain, Data published to the blockchain is the result of Merkle trees or “zero knowledge proofs” which are impossible to be back linked.

Because it is continuously updated with verified information directly inscribed on the  blockchain by third parties.

I state this as a concern for how you’ll differentiate your platform vs current freelancer platforms such as ‘Upwork’s’. Whereby reviews tend to be sufficient to gauge an individual for independent work.

We deal with this problem in the white paper. See the relevant sections:



https://github.com/TiiQu-Network/TiiQu-Network/wiki/The-Trust-Quotient-Analysis
https://github.com/TiiQu-Network/TiiQu-Network/wiki/The-Trust-Quotient-(TQ)

Performance scores are meant to build up, they also have a time degradation element, meaning your most recent activity is counted as a better representation of your current abilities. Also all nodes in the TQ tree have a weight, meaning that no one node can overpower its sibling nodes than its maximum weight.

5-star ratings are ok if you’re looking to hire a logo designer but are seriously lacking if you want to hire a consultant paleo-biologist for your arctic expedition

We are not trying to build another Upwork, we are aiming for significantly more. A world where any expert has the contacts to be involved in any project, relevant to their skills.

A track history of good feedback is good. But when you are looking to hire an expert in forensic accounting with a specialty for organized crime cases, you need to know who this person is as much as how good they are.

Additionally you need to know what their peers think of them, as they are usually the better gauge of a person’s ability than laypersons’ 5 star rating.

Also veracity is fundamental in establishing a person’s trustworthiness. You may do a great job, but you may also be lying about where you’ve worked previously or where you’ve studied or what organizations you are a member of.

Lying may not matter if you hire a content writer to write weekly posts for your blog, but it has serious consequences if you hire a neuro-scientist for a research project on specialist surgery technique.

Sources weights
The weight of each source is dynamic, the value will change over time as we gauge the credibility of each source. We also anticipate community feedback with respects to their opinion on the credibility of the sources they choose, both for sources they use personally and for sources used by others.

Exclusion of subjectivity
Basically yes, it will be extremely difficult to exclude or account for subjectivity entirely. Our focus now is trying to give as objective assessment as possible with the data we have access to.

Our initial intent is to use a jury pool approach, where the members of the arbiter’s pool is made up from the cross section of the TiiQu community. If a project requests the need for a community arbiter, the platform will randomly choose 7-15 members who have opted into the arbiter scheme. These forms the “jury pool” and will assess the dispute and vote on the outcome.

Currently we are aware of some blockchain based arbitration platforms being developed, in the future will offer the ability for these platforms to supply arbitration services to our members.

Having every possible participant in a sector subscribed to TiiQu and performing all their activity via the platform would be an ideal but ultimately unrealistic scenario. To record and assess the user’s entire activity we rely on the feedback of 3rd parties. However, in most cases there will be no way to verify that the claims are true, and so we will weight these 3rd party assessments a low credibility. With the exception that the individual giving the assessment has a Trust Quotient then the credibility of these scores will be weighed against their TQ.

So, in the very early stages the most users will have external sources as inputs to their TQ with very few on platform activities recorded. The user’s suitability for a mission will not be affected, but it will take time for a user to build their TQ. Trust takes time to build.

Because the Ethereum network is designed for smart contracts.

Our Internal Team, and external Audit will follow.

TiiQu’s first approach was hashing concatenated hashes of data parts. To find the source data belonging to those hash values within a lifetime is highly unlikely with currently available technologies. Now we are working on creating zero knowledge proof verifiers of data on the Ethereum blockchain. For more information about TiiQu see:

https://github.com/TiiQu-Network/TiiQu-Network/wiki/White-Paper

( Also read – Open questions about GDPR compliance by Xenia Bogolomec)

Funding and ICO

The project is currently bootstrapped. Today, we are a group of 16 people, covering tech/data science, blockchain development algorithm architecture, UX/UI, communications, marketing, GDPR compliance, and business development. Most of us are contributing on a part-time basis. 

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