# Key Concepts - Types of @unikname

@unikname ID are minted with a type according to their purpose

  • type 1 → Individual to be used as a universal identifier for individuals.
  • type 2 → Organization to be used as an authentication certificate for organizations and businesses
  • type 3 → Network to be used as a global identifier to share network configuration data

The type determines most of the capabilities of every @unikname. Rules, Features, Costs of transactions, Rewarding... comes under @unikname type.


The @unikname type is a genesis property of the UNIK NFT. The type is minted simultaneously with the UNIK Token, and it's an immutable property.


The type is a like a spacename for @unikname, so a name may exist within several types but then their on-chain fingerprint and their passphrase are totally different. So the owner must care about the choice of the type.

# @unikname Individual type


Individual type is required for any individuals who needs a universal identifier.

It is intended to be “acquired for life” and to be hidden or to represents a pseudo, or a nickname.

The ID is personal, and under the sole control of its owner.

Main use cases

  • Confidential authentication
  • Store public, private or shareable personnal data
  • Control sharing of personnal information
  • Remote access to public information shared by members (universal name resolver)

Second use cases

  • Customize its universal avatar
  • Contribute to services on the network and get rewards
  • Speculate on the value of a pseudo

Futur use cases

  • Whisper (confidential chat) with other members

NOTA: A unikname of individual type looks like an email address, but decentralized.

# @unikname Organization type


Organization type is required for organizations and businesses wanting to implement Unikname Connect authentication and anti-phishing solution.

It identifies publicly the organization on the network, and is used for the anti-phishing authentication certificate key.

The ID is under the control of people authorized by the organization.

Main use cases

  • Setup @unikname Connect on a website, and certifiy user authentication (anti-phishing solution)
  • Public sharing of network URL, with ownership verified
  • Control sharing of business information

Second use cases

  • Customize its universal avatar

Futur use cases

  • Promote my brand to get more users

NOTA: A unikname of organization type looks like a domain name, but certified and decentralized.

# @unikname network type


Network type is appropriate for @unikname to be used as global identifiers, and to share network configuration data.

Main use cases

  • public sharing of network configuration data
  • public sharing of network URL, with ownership verified

Second use cases

  • grant access to official code source for network ressources, e.g. wallets
  • grant access to official node install files

NOTA: A unikname of network type looks like a network configuration file.

# Summary

Use individual organization network
Confidential sign-up and sign-in on websites ok ko ko
Provide Unikname Connect to website visitors ko ok ko
Contribute to services and get rewards ok ko ko
Control sharing of information ok ok ok
Public sharing verified URLs ok ok ok
Grant access to official files (through verified URL) ok ok ok
Participate to the governance of the network ok ok ok