Governance

Bitcoin Cash Miners Propose Controversial Soft Fork for Zcash-Style Development Fund

A group of bitcoin cash miners is preparing a soft fork to redirect some of the block rewards into a new zcash-style development fund. In a medium post Wednesday, Jiang Zhuoer, CEO of mining pool BTC.TOP, said that a group of some of the largest bitcoin cash mining pools were preparing to soft fork the …

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The Many Facts Pointing to Ian Grigg Being Satoshi

</header> <strong>Financial cryptographer. Cypherpunk. Inventor of Ricardian contracts and early utilizer of triple-entry accounting systems, which would later be exemplified in Bitcoin. Ian Grigg may have claimed that Satoshi was a team effort and is now dead, only living on in bitcoiners everywhere, but some seem to think it’s him. In this installment of “the …

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IBM Official Elected Chair of Hyperledger Blockchain Tech Board

The Hyperledger technical steering committee (TSC) has elected another IBM official as its chair amid controversy over the tech giant’s increased representation on the panel. Arnaud Le Hors, a senior technical staff member for blockchain and web open technologies at IBM, succeeds Dan Middelton, a principal engineer with Intel, according to an email sent to …

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Five of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Crypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/ETH” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>ETH</a> and <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BTC” …

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Bridging the Gap Between Bitcoin and Global Regulators

Shin’ichirio Matsuo is a research scientist in cryptography and information security at Georgetown University and a co-founder of the BSafe.network, a global blockchain research test network used by 25 universities. Since 2015, when bitcoin became an issue for regulators like the state of New York, the regulation of cryptocurrency (the G20 now calls it as …

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How Blockchain Voting Is Supposed to Work (But In Practice Rarely Does)

Blockchain-based voting has long been looked at as a use case for the technology – but as with any nascent application, there are bumps along the way. In more recent times, the use of on-chain votes has been positioned as a way to avoid acrimonious debates over governance and, in more extreme, cases, network splits …

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In First, Tezos Blockchain Activates Upgrade By Token Holder Voting

The Tezos blockchain has officially been upgraded. In a first for Tezos, two separate backwards-incompatible changes have been activated on the network after three months of on-chain voting by stakeholders. The Tezos self-amendment process which began for this first time back in February came to a close late Wednesday with the successful activation of an …

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Tezos Is About to Enact Its First-Ever On-Chain Blockchain Update

After nearly three months of voting by token holders, the Tezos blockchain will undertake a series of backwards-incompatible changes to the network on Wednesday. Called Athens A, the upgrade proposal was the first to undergo the network’s “self-amendment” process in which bakers on Tezos – equivalent to miners on bitcoin or ethereum – stake tokens …

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The Blockchain Paradox

Pindar Wong is the chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd and a member of CoinDesk’s advisory board. An internet pioneer, he co­founded the first licensed Internet Service Provider in Hong Kong in 1993. The following article originally appeared in Consensus Magazine, distributed exclusively to attendees of CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 event. From ethereum’s conflicted handling of …

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Ethereum’s Reddit Moderators Rethink Approach After Community Flashpoint

Taylor Monahan, the CEO of crypto wallet startup MyCrypto, has been moderator for the ethereum subreddit channel since 2016. That year, the ethereum Reddit channel was just breaking over the 10,000 subscribers mark, according to SubRedditStats. Today, the same channel boasts over 400,000 subscribers and is ranked within the top 600 most popular channels on …

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