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The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion

The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion

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Alexis Gauba is co-founder at she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and Mechanism Labs, which is conducting blockchain based research experiments in the domains of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Blockchain technology has been challenging norms and pushing boundaries since its inception, and 2018 was no different. We saw a selection of projects on bleeding-edge frontiers, unlocking ideas that didn’t previously exist and actions that simply weren’t possible before. This struck me personally. When I got into the space, I was not only fascinated by the technological challenges, but also ideologically drawn to these big
‘0% Success’: Why Blockchain Apps Just Aren’t Taking Off

‘0% Success’: Why Blockchain Apps Just Aren’t Taking Off

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Yin Wu is the founder of Dirt Protocol, a protocol for decentralized information curation that aims to organize the world’s data and make it freely accessible. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, the promise of a decentralized future fell apart. The most widely used dapps have a few thousand daily users and a study of 43 blockchain applications found a zero percent success rate. With so much funding and talent in the space, why do we have so little success to show? There is a broken process for building and launching blockchains applications today. Rather than working within an low-risk environment that supports iterations and learning, blockchain companies follow a playbook that stacks the odds against their success. By pre-selling a pro
Ethereum Developers Give ‘Tentative’ Greenlight to ASIC-Blocking Code

Ethereum Developers Give ‘Tentative’ Greenlight to ASIC-Blocking Code

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Members of ethereum’s open-source development community tentatively agreed Friday to implement a new algorithm that would block specialized mining hardware, or ASICs, pending further testing on the proposed code. If accepted by the network of users that run the ethereum software, the code change, dubbed “ProgPoW,” would block ASICs, such as those made by major mining firms like Bitmain. In its place, the new software would allow general purpose, or GPU hardware – which is typically phased out by ASICs – to compete for rewards on the platform. ASICs were developed for ethereum as early as April 2018. Speaking in the developer call today, security-lead Martin Holst Swende said that he prefers the switch as it will help ensure the safety of ethereum’s eventual transition to proof-of-stake, a
Crypto Is Far From Dead, as These Scaling Projects Show

Crypto Is Far From Dead, as These Scaling Projects Show

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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. ——- After a gloomy look at the state of cryptoland two weeks ago, it’s time for more of a glass-half-full assessment of the outlook. As we’ve been hearing, one advantage of a bear market, when price is less of a distraction and competition for engineering talent isn’t so tight, is that serious projects can buckle down and start to develop real products. The question, then, is whether there are any serious projects for developers to work on? The answer, resoundingly, is yes. The big challenge for blockchai
What Is Ciri for Ethereum?

What Is Ciri for Ethereum?

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Ethereum is not only one of the largest cryptocurrency networks measured by market capitalization, but it also possesses one of the largest developer communities in the industry. As a result, innovations are continuously being built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. One of these innovations is Ciri, a blockchain toolbox for Ruby developers, that aims to entice more developers to join the Ethereum community. What Is Ciri? Ciri refers to itself as “an ongoing Ethereum 2.0 implementation written in Ruby and a blockchain toolbox for all Rubyists to build their own chains,” on its GitHub page.   The platform, which is still in development, wants to attract Ruby developers to Ethereum by providing a blockchain toolbox that allows for the easy creation and modification of private and public cha
Hyperledger Launches Cryptography Toolbox for Blockchain Developers

Hyperledger Launches Cryptography Toolbox for Blockchain Developers

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Blockchain consortium Hyperledger has launched a new tool for developers – a modular, shared cryptographic library dubbed Ursa. The Linux Foundation-led group announced Tuesday that Hyperledger Ursa will act as a repository of “trusted” cryptographic implementations, aimed to make it easier for blockchain developers within its community and the wider open-source space to avoid duplication of development efforts. The library will lead to simpler project maintenance and cut down on bugs, Hyperledger said, with most or all of the crypto code being kept in a single location and reviewed by security experts – including developers who work on Hyperledger’s Indy, Sawtooth and Fabric projects, as well as cryptographers with academic backgrounds. “Our goal in creating Ursa is to combine the efforts

Study Reveals Number of Blockchain Developers in India Second only to the USA

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A market analysis revealing the number blockchain developers worldwide has placed India in second place to the United States, beating the UK, Canada, and France. According to the results published and procured by UK-based blockchain consulting firm Dappros, it is estimated that there are a total of 12,509 developers in India who work with Ethereum (2,381), Solidity (1,432), Blockchain (19,627) and Hyperledger (1,579). Optimistic Figures Whilst figures when separated into disciplines appear contrary to their estimated total, the analysis is forthcoming and describes the difficulties of nailing an accurate number due to the data being sourced from “open sources such as Linkedin”; furthermore, it explains that approximations were included due to relying on social network data which resulted i
Web3 Summit Pt.3: Blockchain Gurus and Philosopher Kings

Web3 Summit Pt.3: Blockchain Gurus and Philosopher Kings

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The final day of the Web3 Summit concluded with a reminder about the politicization of technology. As more of our world becomes digitized and the human experience rendered numeric, it’s becoming increasingly important to become aware of how governance will be reshaped. Many speakers explained how this has always been true, while others described the practical means in which these discussions can remain democratic and productive. Bringing the Hacker Ethic to the Mainstream The initial talk from Bernd Fix iterated some of the points made by Harry Halpin on the first day of the event. Fix comes from a demographic that preceded Halpin and represents a computer science culture that was swiftly appropriated by the capitalist machine. He makes up the boundary-breaking, liberty-inducing, red star
Web3 Summit Pt.2: Buidlers and Toolboxes

Web3 Summit Pt.2: Buidlers and Toolboxes

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The first day of discussions at the Web3 Summit outlined many of the features of the emerging, platform, and incoming iterations of the Internet. It offered a slew of analogies to help attendees grok the implications of decentralization and blockchain technology. It was above the protocol and provided the spiritual optimism for the entire landscape. Day two, was similarly inspiring, but in a much different way. The curation of presentations brought the headiness of correcting Web2’s errors to a concrete end: Programming. Gavin Wood Explains Substrate The developer-heavy talks opened with an explainer from one of the Ethereum co-founders Gavin Wood. After his workings with Buterin and the launch of the second largest blockchain project in the space, he took up arms at Parity Technologies an
Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Is Being Delayed Until 2019

Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Is Being Delayed Until 2019

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Ethereum upgrade Constantinople will be postponed until early 2019, developers confirmed in a meeting Friday. Initially targeted to activate in November this year, developers opted to postpone the hard fork push after several bugs were found in the code that was released on a test network. Now aiming for sometime in late January or February, developers on the call Friday agreed that moving ahead with the hard fork next month would be unwise. Speaking to this during the live streamed meeting, developer Afri Schoeden remarked: "I keep getting the feeling that we're trying to rush this and I would second that we should breathe and see what happens." Constantinople features five backward-incompatible changes to the network, from minor code optimizations to more controversial changes like one