Zero is designed with four core principles—Freedom, Privacy, Choice, and Stewardship:
- 1.Freedom: It is not possible to censor or manipulate chain entries within Zero's base-level protocols. Members maintain full ownership over their identities, personal data and private keys.
- 2.Privacy: All private chain entries are secured using AES256 encryption. Private keys are stored on local devices, not on central servers. Communication and collaboration can live within public (join-only) or private (invite-only) namespaces called Zero Networks.
- 3.Choice: Members and Networks have the ability to customize Zero's interface, develop custom extensions and applications at various levels of the Zero Stack. Members and Networks can select, build and configure social algorithms, reputation systems, tokenomics, and governance protocols. Zero is designed to work on the web, Mac, Windows, and Linux desktop environments, as well as iOS and Android.
- 4.Stewardship: No corporate entity sits between Members and their right to participate in Zero's platform stewardship. Zero is governed by InnerSource, a novel crypto-economic open-source license outlined in Appendix D, a founding constitution, and a collection of three community-operated DAOs referred to as Trinity.