KILT Protocol, Some Commonly Asked Questions

1, Can you explain what KILT Protocol is, in a way that someone who is new could understand?

KILT breaks Identity down into two key components:

  • A decentralized identifier (DID), which uniquely identifies an entity or device and Verifiable, revocable credentials that are confirmed by trusted parties (“Attesters”).
  • KILT Protocol provides a way to represent your identity without revealing things you prefer to keep private.
  • KILT brings the old process of trust in real-world verifiable credentials (passport, driving licence, certificate, etc.) to the digital world, while keeping your data private and in your possession.
  • KILT can also be used to create identifiers for machines, services and anything that identities can be built on.
  • KILT is built like Polkadot on Parity Substrate. That makes KILT fit for interoperability with other ecosystem projects and allows use of the parachain functions.

You can learn more here:

2, Where can I buy KILT?

  • The KILT Coin is not yet live, is not tradeable and is not available on exchanges.
  • Kusama parachains come first with Polkadot parachains launching afterwards. Timing on both is still TBD.
  • The KILT mainnet launch is dependant on external factors such as Kusama parachain auctions.
  • Please keep up to date by following all KILT’s social media channels along with Polkadot’s Twitter and their Medium blog posts to track progress.

3, Will KILT be listed on Polkastarter?

  • There is exactly 0% chance of KILT doing an IDO on Polkastarter because KILT is not an ERC-20 token. (If people ask you for an ERC20 address, where they will transfer your KILT coins, they promise something technically impossible. Look out for scammers.)
  • KILT is built on Substrate and part of the Polkadot ecosystems.
  • KILT will have its own blockchain and token.

Read here for more information:

4, Where is KILT Protocol based?

  • KILT is based in Berlin with a global team from Europe, US and Canada.

5, Do I need Kusama to purchase KILT?

  • KILT Protocol is still evaluating their parachain funding strategy.
  • More information will be shared when available.

If you’re interested in the topic there’s a good wiki page here:

6, When will KILT launch?

Here are the steps that are in progress now:

  • KILT secures parachain slot on Rococo (29 January 2021).
  • Parity team launches Kusama parachain auction timeline.
  • KILT wins auction to secure parachain slot on Kusama.
  • KILT implements mainnet, PoS migration and governance.

7, What happens if KILT does not get a parachain in the first auction?

  • If KILT doesn’t get a parachain slot in the first auction they participate in, they just bid during the next auction.
  • These auctions will be ongoing with many opportunities to secure a slot.

8, Will KILT launch on both Kusama and Polkadot?

  • KILT is aiming for a Kusama parachain slot first. That doesn’t mean KILT won’t bid for a Polkadot parachain later, this decision will be made by the community via the protocol’s future governance model.
  • It’s important to push KILT mainnet live which will be done on a Kusama parachain.
  • The company also wants to provide KILT functionality as soon as possible to other ecosystem projects, they don’t want to wait.
  • KILT also anticipates the development of a Kusama to Polkadot bridge, which will allow them to provide KILT functionality to Polkadot parachain projects.

9, Does KILT need DOT for parachain auction?

Please see below article:

10, Why did KILT choose Kusama to launch their Mainnet?

Different projects will take different approaches. For KILT here are 4 of the reasons they want to launch via Kusama parachain:

1, The ability to finalise blocks and thus secure their network, even while KILT is backed by a relatively small collator network. This provides extra security to the KILT blockchain.
2, KILT would be able to provide its DIDs (Decentralised Identifiers) and Verifiable Credentials through the relay chain to other parachain projects inside the ecosystem.
3, This would provide enormous network effects for the KILT blockchain.
4, KILT would soon be able to utilise functionality from other parachains, such as smart contract systems and oracles.

For more see KILT’s Path to Parachains article from the company’s CEO Ingo Rübe and a diagram outlining the timeline:

11, Why did KILT choose a Testnet to launch their Mainnet?

Ingo Rübe:

  • “I’d like to clarify something.
  • Kusama is NOT Polkadot’s testnet.
  • Kusama is a fully fledged network with its own currency.
  • It differs from Polkadot in some details, like having shorter decision cycles.
  • New functionality for Polkadot is first rolled out on Kusama (e.g. parachains) and later on Polkadot.
  • There are also testnets. Rococo is the one for the parachain functionality and there is Westend, which is used to test Polkadot functionality.”

12, Can you provide some details on the Tokenomics and circulating supply at launch of Mainnet?

Ingo Rübe:

  • “ We are going to post an update on token supply shortly.
  • We revised it fundamentally before go live in order to adapt to PoS principles.
  • Spoiler: At TGE only 160 million KILT coins will exist.
  • The number will grow with a decreasing inflation rate.
  • Rewards will go to stakers (i.e. Collators and Nominators). This way it fits perfectly into the Polkadot/Kusama ecosystem.”

For additional information you can refer to page 61 of the whitepaper:

13, Does KILT Protocol have a Testnet?

Mashnet is the current KILT testnet. You can do the following:

  • Use it with the KILT demo App, http://demo.Kilt.io.
  • Get Mashnet coins from http://faucet.Kilt.io.
  • Connect to it via the Polkadot apps by clicking on testnets and then selecting Mashnet.
  • Of course you can also run nodes and build applications on it (find descriptions and information on http://dev.kilt.io).

14, When will KILT launch Polimec?

  • The company decided to switch around the launches of KILT and Polimec.
  • KILT mainnet will now launch first. Later the company plans to launch an upgraded version of Polimec that already incorporates KILT functionality.
  • Note KILT has a currency, Polimec doesn’t.

15, Can I join as a Collator in the network now ? Is there a Discord channel for technical discussion?

  • To join the KILT Collators program, you need to demonstrate you can run and upgrade nodes securely.
  • KILT will ask a number of technical questions as part of the application process, including whether you have experience as a validator in Polkadot and/or Kusama.
  • If you want to apply, email: collators@kilt.io and you will be sent the questionnaire.

16, Where is the best place to start learning about KILT Protocol?

Watch the following video for a good introduction to the project:

KILT Protocol explained.

17, Will KILT provide staking?

  • Staking begins Q3 2021, under “Spiritnet / Mainnet launch” phase.
  • Staking will be enabled directly after TGE. This starts the permissioned phase.
  • After the network is decentralized and KILT hands over control, the KILT community decides on enabling transfers. This would enable exchanges to transfer coins.
  • It’s going to be exactly as with Polkadot. At TGE the coins are launched, then KILT switches on voting, then the company removes the Sudo module, then there is a vote on transferability.

18, What is the difference between KILT Protocol and Phala Network?

Ingo Rübe:

  • “ Phala is a network for the remote execution of smart contracts in a trusted hardware environment.
  • KILT implements digital identity. There might be some interesting overlaps, which might call for a cooperation, but basically these are completely different things.”

19, How does one get a KILT address and operate the faucet?

  • You can create an identity via the demo client which will provide an identity, seed phrase, KILT address etc.
  • From there if you click “request tokens” you’ll be taken to the faucet.

There’s a great demo client walkthrough:

20, Where can I see all the parachains and test networks?

  • Rococo is the parachain testnet.

You can see all the public test networks and test parachains by clicking on the below link:

21, Do you have an article that explains the difference between Polkadot and Kusama?

Read this article which breaks each of them down:

22 A, Can you explain what a Verifier is?

  • Verifiers are entities that need to verify an identity and credential.
  • As an example, suppose you are an employer and thinking about hiring you.
  • It would be useful to have assurance by verifying your credentials like a university degree or experience.

22 B, What is an Attester?

  • Attesters depend on the credentials.
  • Technically anyone can be an Attester but to succeed you must garner some trust so that the claims you attest to have value.
  • Using the employment example above an Attester for a university degree maybe the school.
  • Perhaps for the work experience there’s a case for a new business model for an Attester that focuses on validating employment history / references.

23, What will the gas fees be on the KILT blockchain?

  • KILT plans to keep the gas fees very low and very stable.
  • This is one of the features one can offer, when using Polkadot to finalise blocks.
  • KILT will issue a very short paper on the economics in the future.

See below for a further explanation:

  • Transaction costs are related to incentive models, which differ by blockchain.

1, Bitcoin has two incentive models for miners: solving a cryptographic puzzle and winning a block, or receiving the gas from any transaction within the block.
2, For Ethereum, the user chooses how much gas they want to pay. The miners look at gas offered and choose which transaction they want to carry out.

  • In both these systems, gas costs follow supply and demand. The transaction cost isn’t known in advance, since it depends on the current market situation, meaning it’s unpredictable.

3, In Polkadot’s incentivisation system, newly minted coins are earned by the people running the network — the validators and the nominators backing them.

  • So the gas price doesn’t need to be competitive as the validators are already compensated for their work and not competing with each other on price.
  • The actual gas costs will vary depending on the computer power needed and the amount of data to be saved, but it’s a constant, fair fee depending on the size of the transaction, meaning it’s predictable.

24, How would enterprise use KILT for their verification process?

  • I work for the no 1 retailer and we often rely on Nielsen and other data sources for our databases and creating new products.
  • It’s a blind trust system which we have currently because Nielsen directly works with all manufactures to PoS enterprises for their data.
  • Any case study you have chalked out for enterprises?
  • Do you have a roadmap for customer acquisition and a strategy, or that’s not your customer base?

Ingo’s response:

  • KILT is an infrastructure Protocol. It is there so that others can build business on it.
  • There are several ways to do this. One would be to become a valuable Attester.
  • Attesters earn from Claimers for issuing certificates. The Attester needs to do e.g. research to determine if they want to issue a certificate to a certain Claimer.
  • This work needs to be paid. The better the Attester automates or scales, the better is the business model.
  • In your case Nielsen is an Attester. I’m not from the retail space, but maybe there are chances for independent or specialised Attesters in retail.
  • They could use KILT infrastructure and you as #1 retailer could (as a Verifier) fuel the system by demanding KILT credentials.
  • Another way to build business is to build such solutions. We are happy to assist with all the knowledge we have, to make these integrators successful.
  • We won’t take any license fee or share from them. I really believe the only way to grow for an open source project like ours is to enable people earning by using it.
  • This answers the second part of your question: we just build the infrastructure and try to orchestrate the community of builders.
  • This is a lot of work and consequently we hardly do any projects ourselves.
  • In some cases, when it’s a big government initiative or a building effort with other ecosystem projects we make an exception to this rule.
  • These projects normally require much more effort and investment than they will pay back. In these cases we might pick up the project, so it gets done.

25, A few questions.

1, Is KILT the Attester or a firm can apply to be an Attester when the KILT blockchain is operational?
2, What interface would users be able to access KILT(a web or mobile App built by KILT or KILT just provides the blockchain while third parties build the interface?
3, If a user looses his/her certificate, can it be replaced or a new one issued by the Verifier?, if it can be re-issued, then where is the information for the re-issuing taken from?
4, Is KILT a full blockchain or a chain on a blockchain?

Ingo’s response:

1, Anyone can be an Attester. This is completely permissionless. Attesters will be individuals and firms:

  • Having trust in their certificates by definition (think of a gaming platform issuing a certificate to a gamer stating she reached level 100. Other gamers and applications would trust this certificate.
  • Building trust over time by making a good job (think of a new DeFi rating agency, issuing credentials to certain crypto addresses, stating it is relatively safe to lend coins to the person behind the address).
  • Using KILT to monetise trust they acquired in the physical world (think of publishers, which built a brand and now issue credentials to certain pieces of information).

2, KILT is just the blockchain enabling all this. KILT comes with a JavaScript SDK making it easy for developers to provide any possible application.

  • BOTLabs will provide a browser plug-in for balance transfers and the acquisition and storage showing and signing of credentials, but anyone can do the same thing.

3, KILT makes Identity Self sovereign. The user is in the possession of her credentials.

  • She would probably make a backup. I think developers in the community will quickly come up with a cloud service, where users can store their (encrypted) credentials and retrieve them at their convenience, this is a nice and easy business Model.
  • If you lose everything, you will have to go to the Attesters and have your certificates re-issued.

4, KILT is a Blockchain. It will be fully decentralized this year.

  • It is connected to other blockchains through the Polkadot mechanisms.

26, What is SocialKYC?

  • SocialKYC is a new decentralized identity verification service from KILT Protocol, so you can regain control over your digital identity. SocialKYC will allow users to manage, store and present their personal credentials, enabling them to select which elements of their private information are accessed by online services.
  • KYC or “Know Your Customer” is standard practice while opening an account with a bank or exchange, proving that you own your government-issued credentials like a passport. “SocialKYC” verifies a user’s internet identity by proving control of their social accounts (LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, Discord, Github, etc.), email address or phone number. Unlike Web 2.0 sign-in processes, SocialKYC forgets about the user and the credential as soon as the credential is issued.
  • SocialKYC will launch shortly after KILT mainnet. Learn more about SocialKYC from the launch press release and from Ingo Rübe’s presentation at Polkadot Decoded in May 2021.

27, Will KILT have a wallet to store my KILT Coins?

  • Yes. KILT’s wallet (called the Sporran, which is the Scottish name for the pouch worn in front of a kilt,) will be a browser extension for holding and transferring KILT Coins. The launch version of the wallet will also sign KILT transactions created by Polkadot Apps.
  • The second phase of the wallet will allow users to create a digital identity using the KILT blockchain. The Sporran will act like a physical wallet that stores personal digital credentials. In this way, users can decide what information they want to share with online services, and when.

Some further resources:

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