Optimism, an Ethereum-based layer-2 blockchain, has integrated Ethereum Attestation Service (EAS) to enable users to assess the trustworthiness of participants on the platform. This on-chain attestation protocol allows users to vouch for whether an event has occurred on the blockchain or not, potentially promoting fairer distribution of Optimism’s native OP tokens and community voting systems.
One of the benefits of EAS’s integration is that any Optimism user can attest to information they regard as accurate, such as another user’s contributions to a particular project or an individual’s ability to make profitable trades. This launch aims to establish a foundation for verifying on-chain content, which may influence the distribution of OP tokens and users’ interactions more broadly.
Steve Dakh, EAS Co-founder and CTO, highlighted that the technology is designed to provide a base layer where identity platforms, supply chain companies verifying supply movements and provenance, and even governments can attest to land registries and entities’ voting actions. The team behind EAS sees its potential for developers to create innovative identity products not only on Optimism, but also on other networks such as Base, Polygon, and Ethereum.
One possible application of EAS is an aggregated rating system for DeFi users’ reputations, where an individual can receive a reputation score based on other users’ attestations related to their interactions. This reputation score could streamline the process of identifying trustworthy participants within the ecosystem.
Zain Bacchus, Senior Product Manager of Ecosystem at OP Labs, explained that EAS could support the Optimism Collective – an entity that rewards ecosystem contributors with crypto – by providing the required information to distribute OP tokens to community members who have proven to make positive contributions. This incentive will likely drive developers to build essential infrastructure on Optimism and engage in projects enhancing user experience within the ecosystem.
Additionally, EAS allows users to post a publicly accessible, on-chain record of the collective’s token distribution. As a result, on-chain analysts can more easily examine who is receiving OP tokens and for what purposes, promoting transparency across the Optimism ecosystem.
While EAS’s integration into Optimism offers several potential advantages, it is important to remember that the success of such a system relies heavily on user participation and truthful attestations. However, this move signifies an essential step toward enhancing trust and transparency in the ever-evolving blockchain space.