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The Whiteflag Protocol

Protocol Specification

The purpose of Whiteflag is to provide an open and decentralised communications protocol to create a trusted messaging network for disaster & conflict zones, without the requirement for a trusted third party or any specific software or system.

This GitHub repository contains the official, configuration controlled versions of the Whiteflag Protocol specification, which are published on https://standard.whiteflagprotocol.org/.

The Whiteflag Protocol is an open standard for a blockchain-based communications protocol that is trusted and accessible by all parties involved armed conflicts, in addition to any currently existing but limited or unsecure communication methods such as telephone, e-mail, messaging, physical signs, registers etc.

The standard is released in the public domain. Please read the license for more detailed information.

Protocol Version and Publication

The current baselined version of the protocol is: Version 1 Draft 6 or in short: v1-draft.6, which can be found in multiple formats at https://standard.whiteflagprotocol.org/.

The current version in development is Version 1 Draft 7 or v1-draft.7-dev. This version is intended to make improvements based on ongoing testing and evaluation.

Repository Structure

The main source document with the protocol specification is WhiteflagSpecification.md.

This is a markdown document. Markdown is a plain text formatting syntax; see RFC 7763 or Wikipedia for more information on this media type. Using Markdown allows the standard to be easily maintained and to be published in other formats, such as html or pdf.

Documents in these formats are generated from the markdown source document with pandoc and published in the docs/ directory. All baselined versions can be found at that location.

The docs/ directory is published on https://standard.whiteflagprotocol.org/ using GitHub pages.

Along with the standard, a JSON schema of the Whiteflag message structure, message syntax and message codes is available as WhiteflagMessageSchema.json. This artefact describes parts of the specification in a structured language, i.e. the JSON format. This allows for fast and interoperable implementation of the standard.

Configuration Management

The Whiteflag Foundation maintenans, promotes and supports adoption of the Whiteflag Protocol. While the foundation is established and a configuration process for the specification as an open standard is put in place, issues may be raised and discussed in this project repository, and will be openly considered by the original authors.