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Introduction

NEAR Protocol is positioning itself as a Blockchain Operating System (BOS) aiming to become an open-source community-run public cloud computing platform for decentralized applications (dApps).

As a BOS, NEAR aims to cater to three core audiences: developers, enterprises, and end-users, allowing them to build and interact with decentralized applications seamlessly across blockchain networks. To achieve this, the platform is pursuing partnerships and collaborations with other blockchains and traditional Web2 players like Ali Baba Cloud.

Its key features include simplifying user onboarding through FastAuth, enabling easier development with familiar languages like JavaScript, and providing universal search and gateways to enhance user experience. The platform promotes the creation of decentralized, composable front ends, facilitating interaction across various blockchains.

The BOS is built on top of NEAR’s Layer-1 blockchain network, comprising an innovative scaling mechanism known as Nightshade sharding, which ensures exceptional scalability. At the same time, its unique feature of named accounts facilitates straightforward user onboarding, making it an ideal platform for mass adoption in the Web3 sphere.

NEAR’s primary goal is to serve as a robust and scalable infrastructure for a new generation of dApps. Its platform is tailored for developer convenience, allowing code in widely-used languages like JavaScript. This focus on accessibility propels its mission to foster a vibrant ecosystem of dApps — a vision already taking shape with hundreds of projects under development.

NEAR Protocol is not just a blockchain; it’s a builder’s platform that bridges the gap between technology and mass adoption, driving the decentralized revolution forward. With its exceptional scalability, user-friendliness, and developer-friendly environment, NEAR Protocol is carving its niche as a key player in the blockchain space.

The protocol also intends to push the boundaries of decentralization through initiatives like Pagoda, DevHub and the NEAR Digital Collective (NDC), which is an initiative within the NEAR blockchain ecosystem dedicated to reshaping its governance.

By introducing a more transparent and decentralized model, the NDC aims to give every member of the network a voice in the ecosystem’s decisions. Central to this endeavor is the development of the NEAR Constitution, a document that will embed principles of self-governance and decentralization into the ecosystem’s core operations. In essence, the NDC’s goal is to foster collective decision-making and self-determination, ensuring the NEAR ecosystem evolves with its diverse members’ active participation and consensus.

Similarly, the DevHub is aimed at the developers in the ecosystem and comprises activities like ideation, implementation, review, support, and voting. NEAR standards and protocol changes are managed by developer working groups which utilize a formal process (NEP-0001) for voting on alterations.

Meanwhile, Pagoda is a comprehensive Web3 toolset designed for developers looking to build and scale blockchain startups or integrate Web3-native tools throughout the tech stack. One of its core features is the Developer Console, facilitating smoother transitions from developer to entrepreneur within the Web3 space.