• China’s National Department and Reform Commission (NDRC) has added cryptocurrency mining on its list of industries it wants to encourage, restrict or eliminate.
CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING SERVICES
•As of April 8th, 2019, at 12:00pm PST, Coinbase Pro lists 3 new tokens – EOS (EOS), Augur (REP) and MakerDAO (MKR). • Hong Kong based Bitfinex removes US $10,000 minimum equity requirement for accounts. • Coinbase launches a crypto-to-fiat debit card for UK customers, enabling cryptocurrency to GBP conversions to pay at stores or withdraw cash. • Binance announces partnership with CipherTrace to enhance existing AML processes with on-chain and analytic tools.
• Vancouver based crypto exchange Quadriga to move into bankruptcy proceedings. This will allow for examinations of parties under oath and efficiencies in documentation requests. • The New York Department of Financial Services (NDFS) has granted a BitLicence to Luxembourg-registered exchange Bitstamp and denied US based exchange Bittrex. A BitLicence is required to serve customers within the US state of New York. • 22-year-old US resident Jacob Burrell Campos has been sentenced to 2 years for funneling hundreds of thousands of Bitcoin (BTC) through an unlicensed money transmitting business – a San Diego precious metal dealer.
• In the upcoming version of Bitcoin Core (0.18), users will be able to connect Bitcoin full nodes to hardware wallets. This will enable safe storage of crypto assets alongside the ability to verify themselves transactions are taking place without the need of a 3rd party. • In partnership with security Disconnect.me, the latest Mozilla Firefox web browsers (Nightly 68 and Beta 67) will be capable of blocking in-browser mining from services such as Coinhive and CryptoLoot. • Web browser Opera launches “Reborn 3” – a new browser with a built-in Ethereum wallet. Users will be able to interact with dapps without the need of extensions such as Metamask.
• The endowment of Harvard University invests US 11,500,000 into full-stack decentralized computing network Blockstack. • Western Union teams up with Coins.ph, a financial services firm in the Philippines dealing with purchases and sells of cryptocurrencies, remittances and bill payments.
• Former trading desk manager at Kraken, Jonathan Silverman sues firm to the tune of US $900,000 based upon an agreed compensation settlement of US $907,631 that has since been unpaid. Under leadership of Silverman, Kraken reportedly generated US $19,000,000 in profits during 3 months in 2017. • PewDiePie, the worlds most subscribed Youtube channel (93.7 million subscribers) has joined blockchain based streaming platform DLive to livestream on a weekly basis. • Bitcoin futures exchange BAKKT has hired Ex PayPal and Google veteran Mike Blandina as its new Chief Product Officer. • Head of International Dan Romero announces registration from Coinbase, after 5 years in various positions.
• @jchervinsky – “I don’t care which crypto wins, as long as the legacy finance industry loses” • @drwasho – “This is what happens when you code a lot… @VitalikButerin dropping some beats #EDCON.”
Litecoin Finance / LTFN , a first hard fork of Litecoin / LTC
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Litecoin Finance specifications: Name of the coin - LitecoinFinance Start fork block #1,550,000 Ticker LTFN Pow Algorithm: YescryptR32 P2P Port: 39328 RPC Port: 39327 Address letter prefix: C Multisig Address prefix: letter N Bech32 Address prefix: ltfn 2-way replay protection: Yes Maturity: 100 + 1 blocks Block maximum size: 8 mb Difficulty Re-target: Every block Maximum coin supply: 94m Network magic: a7b388e9 Postmine: 10m There is NO ICO
Litecoin Finance / LTFN , a fork of Litecoin / LTC
Litecoin Finance is a peer-to-peer Internet currency that enables instant, near-zero cost payments to anyone in the world. Litecoin Finance is an open source, global payment network that is fully decentralized without any central authorities. Mathematics secures the network and empowers individuals to control their own finances. Litecoin Finance features faster transaction confirmation times and improved storage efficiency than the leading math-based currency. With substantial industry support, trade volume and liquidity, Litecoin Finance is a proven medium of commerce complementary to Bitcoin. Up-to-date network statistics can be found at Litecoin Finance Block Explorer Charts. Source code for Litecoin Finance Core and related projects are available on GitHub. Litecoin Finance is an open source software project released under the MIT/X11 license which gives you the power to run, modify, and copy the software and to distribute, at your option, modified copies of the software. The software is released in a transparent process that allows for independent verification of binaries and their corresponding source code. The Litecoin Finance blockchain is capable of handling higher transaction volume than its counterpart - Bitcoin. Due to more frequent block generation, the network supports more transactions without a need to modify the software in the future. As a result, merchants get faster confirmation times, while still having ability to wait for more confirmations when selling bigger ticket items. Wallet encryption allows you to secure your wallet, so that you can view transactions and your account balance, but are required to enter your password before spending Litecoin Finances. This provides protection from wallet-stealing viruses and trojans as well as a sanity check before sending payments. Litecoin Finance is a CPU only mining algorithm called YescryptR32. Miners are currently awarded with 25 new Litecoin Finances per block, an amount which gets halved roughly every 4 years (every 840,000 blocks). The Litecoin Finance network is therefore scheduled to produce 94 million Litecoin Finance.
Litecoin Finance specifications: Name of the coin - LitecoinFinance Start fork block #1,550,000 Ticker LTFN Pow Algorithm: YescryptR32 P2P Port: 39328 RPC Port: 39327 Address letter prefix: C Multisig Address prefix: letter N Bech32 Address prefix: ltfn 2-way replay protection: Yes Maturity: 100 + 1 blocks Block maximum size: 8 mb Difficulty Re-target: Every block Maximum coin supply: 94m Network magic: a7b388e9 Postmine: 10m There is NO ICO
Transcript of Proof of Stake & Name Discussion in Slack
Discussion starts off around Tone Vays’ Decred segment sambiohazard: he is generally pessimistic about altcoins praxis: Yes, he's a notorious Bitcoin maximalist. simmysong: what’d he say about decred? ty13r: weren't you watching the show? @jimmysong I saw your name in the chat jimmysong: I popped in just now but then he wasn’t talking decred anymore so i left I also didn’t say anything ty13r: @jimmysong good to know :slightly_smiling_face: jrick: oh i found my next avatar ty13r: @jimmysong he talked about the chart for a minute. I'm not sure what else he said prior. not sure what he said after either lol go1dfish: sounds like he’s fundamentally opposed to proof of stake sambiohazard: he just said there is probably downside on price, and maybe its warranted for goo future growth he hadnt researched/read about fundamentals so pure TA ty13r: sounds like he won't like decred because it's has a form of proof of stake built into the protocol sounds like he hates all ideas related to proof of stake pvtwarren: he hates all ideas that are not bitcoin pretty much ty13r: except monero and ethereum i guess pvtwarren: he doesn't hate ethereum? ty13r: apparently monero and ethereum deserve to be #2 and #3 not sure I don't see why he wouldn't pvtwarren: back in January I remember he was still calling it a scam maybe I remember incorrectly cryptocasca: His problem with PoS guys is the "rich people control the blockchain" problem He told me himself go1dfish: since when is mining cheap? cryptocasca: He just needs to hear how our devs got around that I'm not agreeing. Obviously. I'm just saying he thinks of PoS is a system where it's the rich people who control the direction of the coin and proletariat eat the crumbs dustinb: Congrats on the news y'all - what do you think this trend means for the industry at large? ty13r: Well I'm not exactly sure we really differ. People who hold a lot of decred and stake it, directly control the future of the blockchain. cryptocasca: I'm not agreeing. Obviously. I'm just saying he thinks of PoS is a system where it's the rich people who control the direction of the coin and proletariat eat the crumbs The more decred you stake the more say you have. cryptocasca: There's a cap though @ty13r on the ticket amount that can exist ty13r: No That's what the sdiff algo does cryptocasca: Well not a hard one Right ty13r: I think that's nice though Anyone can participate at any time With enough funds of course cryptocasca: That's not how he spins it. And we need to combat that mentality. He thinks if you're just a mega whale and buy a bunch of coins that you control the show. That essentially DCR is a system run by whales not people davecgh: So, regardless of the specifics here, I think this is very likely going to be one of those cases where there will simply be a fundamental difference of opinion on the topic. While a lot of people love to rail on the rich as being evil (while simultaneously wanting to be rich -- the hypocrisy there is quite amusing), the fact of the matter is people with more skin in the game have more incentive to keep their stake more valuable. Loving it or hating it won't change the facts. cryptocasca: Yes. I agree. ty13r: Yep. cryptocasca: I think the staking aspect is important here. ty13r: But same can be said for PoW mining cryptocasca: The locking up for 28+ days ty13r: Buy more miners, you have more say. Well also just like PoW mining anyone can participate at any given time. And people are getting paid for putting skin in the game 142 days is a long time in crypto land Which is the period it takes for a ticket to expire. dustinb: The problem isn't just that the rich have control, it's that the rich get richer. PoS is similar to compound interest. go1dfish: the power over traditional bitcoins is in the mining hardware and that is not specific to the currency they back, which is why you have worries about bitcoin forks attacking each other coin_artist: But also earlier contributors who earned decred build the grassroots community go1dfish: @dustinb I think that’s a large aspecting driving anti-pos perception but it applies similarly to mining hardware dustinb: Ya @go1dfish - the combination of long term staking + PoW changes things, I need to think more on it. Tendermint's solution has always been the credible threat of hard fork if anyone's stake gets too big. go1dfish: but mining also ends up specifically favoring some people due to external factors like power pricing davecgh: The other thing here is something which doesn't exist yet, so it's completely understandable why it's not considered, but there is a huge difference between hard-fork voting and proposal voting. dustinb: Proposal wouldn't solve it. The non-majority would have to hf. ty13r: I believe this is another reason why 60% of the reward goes to PoW davecgh: Hard fork voting is changing the rules. It's the kind of thing where you could destroy the currency if you aren't careful. That, in my opinion, should consequently very much have a high barrier to entry. Proposals, on the other hand, should definitely have a lower barrier to entry and thus would be much more inclusive. dustinb: Ya - that's the exact reason I like decred, save the hfs for the big stuff. davecgh: These things are not the same and they shouldn't be treated as such. Again, this is my own opinion. I'm sure not everyone agrees. ty13r: @davecgh but how will you differentiate them economically? davecgh: e.g. you wouldn't need a full ticket to vote on proposals, but you would for HFV. ty13r: You might split tickets 32 times, but 1 ticket is still worth 32 votes. davecgh: On the HFV side, yes. However, you can count them however you want on the proposal side. It's l2. You don't need to weight them the same. ty13r: So a split ticket weight might have the same weight as non-split ticket? But if that's the case couldn't someone stake their funds with splits to get more votes? Without some sort of identity system it seems difficult to prevent Sybil attacks in that case. davecgh: I'm spitballing here, so don't take this as gospel or anything, but you could definitely look at the snapshotting tickets and see there are 40960 tickets in total and those tickets are split up such that there are 163,840 participants. So, when you do the proposal system vote, the majority is required to be X% of 163,840. Meanwhile, the on-chain HFV is still 1 ticket = 1 vote. dustinb: I like making it difficult to hf, but is the goal to make it impossible? Not only does that goal technically seem unlikely but aren't there some advantages to hf when we have very serious disagreements within a network about how to proceed? davecgh: It's not impossible at all. There is a very nice distribution of holders. ty13r: We're referring to the proposal system vote right now dustinb: ah. ty13r: Basically the signaling mechanism for work and spending funds. davecgh : The other thing to keep in mind is that the l2 system can be wildly different if we so choose. You can create HLTCs to locked up funds for "layer 2" tickets that can potentially have arbitrary division. You don't have all of the limitations as the on-chain system. ty13r: The HF vote makes it real. @dustinb we just had what should have been a contentious vote that passed with ease surprisingly. davecgh: Then, you still have demonstrable skin in the game, just much much less for participating in the lead-up to a hard fork. However, the actual hard fork vote, a.ka. the thing that actually changes the rules, will, necessarily, use the on-chain system. Again, I totally get this is rather abstract right now since it isn't fully built out and mostly just still in our heads. ty13r: But doesn't attacking the l2 system pose a larger risk? Definitely :slightly_smiling_face: It's like controlling the seeds And the hf vote is like controlling when to harvest If the seeds never get planted there will never be anything to harvest I'm all in favor of lowering the barrier to entry, but increasing the favor of Sybil attacks seems tough to juggle if tickets can have a different weight on the l2 system. davecgh: Well, people with more skin in the game will still have more influence. So, the majority would still win in that case. It just means it allows more inclusivity, which I think we all desire. ty13r: Yeah I think that's fair. @davecgh so could the proposal system have completely separate tickets not related to the HF tickets? For example... davecgh: If we so desire, absolutely. ty13r: I have a bunch of decred that I'm not HF staking But there's a proposal vote going on that I want to vote for I lock up tickets in the l2 vote for a week (no reward) and get my funds back after the vote has concluded davecgh: You'd need to think through the adversarial cases as we've done with the on-chain system in order to prevent the case where you vote, all of your locked funds immediately unlock, and then you dump. So, you'd want some type of randomness factor in there to prevent gaming of it. ty13r: People HF staking still got to vote as well, but so did I without having to lockup my funds for a longer, unknown period of time. What do you mean by dump? davecgh: However, from a pure perspective of whether or not it's possible, you can definitely have a different ruleset. For example, one of the biggest differences, everything else aside, is that the voting period duration will be much faster. Rather than taking a full month, only having 5 votes per block, etc, in the proposal system, the vote would go on for, say a week, and so long as you own a ticket, you can vote whenever you want within that period. Notice how that ruleset is entirely different already. I personally can envision a need for differing voting periods too. There will very likely be time-sensitive things that need to be voted on more or less immediately and maybe they are only 2 days. On the end of the spectrum, perhaps there are things that need longer than a week. moo31337: murmurs something about how not interesting ticket splitting is davecgh: By dump I mean something like "Lock up a bunch of coins, vote down some proposal, all of my coins immediately unlock, sell all of my coins". If you can do that, you no longer necessarily have any incentive to vote according to increasing your holding's values. moo31337: you really dont want my raw opinion on it davecgh: That doesn't apply to the on-chain system because you can't snap vote. Your coins are locked, potentially for months, and you can't influence when they unlock at all. So, if you try vote in a way that would decrease your holding's value, you would be doing so to your own detriment. ty13r: Let's hear it @moo31337 Davecgh: I can sum it up easily! ty13r: That's what she said moo31337: @davecgh nailed it ty13r: Yeah splitting seems like it has a lot of obstacles moo31337: I super dont want to write that code ty13r: @moo31337 assuming increasing the ticket pool size was easy (which I know it's not and could hurt the network) would you be in favor of that? Also increasing votes per block proportionately of course jy-p: I wouldn't from a on-chain footprint perspective having a "ticket split" similar to a stock split would be a ton of work even having 32 split would lead to a massive footprint for offchain votes in the proposal system let's say you have 100 B for each vote in the proposal system, then take 100 B x 40,960 = ~4 MB for the proposal vote multiply that by 32 to get ~128 MB of offchain data to track for proposals this is one proposal too we'll be experimenting with ways to shrink this footprint soon, so this constraint may improve substantially with time ty13r: Yeah and on chain votes are even bigger jy-p: exactly imo, the real solution to the ticket price barrier is to allow tickets to be purchased via a variation on LN davecgh: Agreed, and that's why I was talking about l2 tickets above. ty13r: how do you keep people from getting more voting rights though? davecgh: You don't. Just like in the on-chain system. If you're willing to lock up more funds, you get more influence. However, it allows "smaller fish" to participate too. They just have influence proportional to their stake. ty13r: But if you own 51% of a ticket you can vote it however you want So you could turn 100 tickets into more tickets davecgh: Oh, I see your confusion. Yeah, your talking about buying partial tickets. We're talking about just having more tickets period. ty13r: Ahhh ok sorry So more tickets...but anchored through the LN davecgh: No worries! Like I said, abstract stuff is always fun to discuss for this reason! Right. ty13r: I like it. jy-p: there are a variety of approaches we could take, e.g. fractional voting that is tallied via L2 and rolled into a single ticket we'll start with the simple stuff and see what we can get done first davecgh: Yeah, one of things you guys might have noticed is we're pretty keen on taking things one step at a time. Trying to do everything half-assed at once is a recipe for failure, imo. ty13r: So for example you'd have maybe 5 tickets vote directly on chain and 5 tickets vote via LN? Definitely agree with that davecgh: It might look great on paper when you can tout via marketing that you have X, Y, Z, and a BBQ too! The reality is that if all of those systems are poorly implemented though, it isn't going to make it long term. moo31337: 40k tickets ought to be enough for everyone one ticket one vote!!! ty13r: Another reason why I advocate for this project is you guys spend the painstaking time to do things right. So I definitely appreciate the non rush to the finish line mentality. moo31337: oh there is a rush we just tend not to compromise when it matters I think we need a code is boss meme davecgh: Right. We do have quite aggressive timelines. However, as @moo31337 said, if we have to bump an estimated release date to make sure something is right, that's what we'll do. jy-p: speaking of which, i think we're nearing time for 1.1.0 release. that will include the proposal system backend moo31337: you don’t want my working hours and certainly not @davecgh hours; i dont think anyone understands how @davecgh puts 28 hours in a day ty13r: I know you guys work your asses off. Feels weird when dave goes offline for a few hours honestly lol Feels like he's been gone for days :joy: reddit thread suggesting name change appears ay-p: Ahhh that daily "let's change the name" thread jy-p: I'm 100% sick of these posts ty13r: lol I was about to say the same thing jy-p: "I know you're named john, but i think you'd sound much more attractive if you were named " look at the names of these other major projects - they are beyond retarded go1dfish: you just know it’s going to be a popular proposal when that system is ready. davecgh: I'm actually looking forward to that proposal. It will be voted down once and for all. Then, in the future we'll just be able to link to the failed proposal. No fuss. davecgh: I'm never going to shop at Amazon because it has too much to do with rivers and jungles and women warriors! jy-p: the word Amazon triggers me b/c of the systematic destruction of the rainforest there moo31337: see my turquoise was dead on! colors are hip for branding these days and it has to be calming go1dfish: I like the name I think where the branders can win the fight is in suggesting good unit names decred works as a project name, but it seems a bit clunky as a unit name. davecgh: Well, we probably shouldn't be so dismissive, but after seeing the same thing so many times, it's kind of comical. What is especially funny is that if you actually followed some of the others that people now claim are "good" names, there were the exact same threads about them not being good names too. Now, they are magically good names though because they're popular.
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Decred is an open, progressive, and self-funding cryptocurrency with a system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain. At its core is a hybridized proof-of-work proof-of-stake (PoW/PoS) consensus system that aims to strike a balance between PoW miners and PoS voters to create a more robust notion of consensus. The project is a result of the theoretical proposals brought by proof-of-activity (PoA) and MC2 in 2013. Decred development started in April, 2014 with a single developer and expanded to include developers from btcsuite shortly thereafter. Decred is built in the spirit of open participation and we have provided below a full disclosure of the technical features of the system, wallets and mining, initial funding and distribution, project governance and development, and a group contribution timeline. We hope to launch mainnet on January 18th, 2016, and will provide additional details in this thread. Everyone is welcome to participate, and you are certainly welcome to join the development and project groups if you have interest in contributing to our efforts! i. Technical Features The features below are implemented in Decred and will be available in full at launch. For a deeper description, please consult the Decred Technical Brief (DTB001). •Novel hybridized proof-of-work/proof-of-stake (PoW/PoS) consensus system - A decentralized lottery is used to select PoS miners to vote on PoW blocks. The PoW and PoS subsidies account for 60% and 30% of each total block subsidy, respectively. This system is based on that of MC2, which is very similar to, but developed independently from, Proof-of-Activity (PoA) by Iddo Bentov, Charles Lee, Alex Mizrahi and Meni Rosenfeld. •Cold staking and decentralized stake pooling - The ability to generate new coins without the risk of having your coins online when PoS mining. The PoS mining system has also been engineered with distributed, decentralized stake pooling in mind, so that even those with small amounts of stake can participate in network validation. •Internal voting system for the addition of new features and hard or soft fork selection - Both PoW and PoS miners can vote for features and issues through bit flags, providing a sensible mechanism for resolving disputes about the features of the blockchain. •Immutable transaction hashes ("transaction IDs") by separating transaction signatures from the rest of the transaction data - A permanent fix for transaction hash malleability has been implemented that prevents mutability of the transaction hash by separating it from its input signatures. This allows more efficient SPV validation. Fraud proofs have also been added. •Elliptic curve cryptography over secp256k1 with optional Curve25519 support - The Bitcoin scripting system has been modified to allow for simple, drop-in addition of new elliptical curve digital signature algorithms. •Schnorr signatures with threshold n-of-n support - In addition to supporting Schnorr signatures, groups of signers can now jointly sign transactions off-chain in constant size signatures, ensuring higher privacy and less blockchain bloat. •Script enhancements and new OP codes - New OP codes have been added to the existing Bitcoin scripting engine, and extensions for the plug-in use of future scripting engines have been added. •PoW mining using BLAKE256 hash algorithm - Inspired by Bernstein's Chacha stream cipher, SHA3 finalist BLAKE256 offers speed as well as high security. •Compatibility with Bitcoin transaction scripting system - Decred's scripting system has been derived from Bitcoin's with care in ensuring that all future updates to the Bitcoin transaction script will be easily extensible to Decred. Further, any newly created functionalities will also be devised with backwards compatibility with Bitcoin in mind. •Modularized, easy-to-use Golang btcsuite codebase - Thanks the to the codebase inherited from btcsuite, adding new features to the daemon or wallet will be facile. Decred will episodically sync updates from btcsuite, so that it benefits from the latest developments in Bitcoin. •Hierarchical deterministic (HD) wallets - Wallets use a seed to deterministically generate addresses, so your wallet can be restored from a single BIP0032 seed. •Transaction expiration - Transactions have a new expiration field to prevent inclusion into the blockchain after a certain height. •Patches for intrinsic Bitcoin bugs - Extra push for multisignature scripts has been removed, SIGHASH_SINGLE behavior has been corrected. •Approximately 21 million coins - Exponential decay in subsidy or the number of coins generated per year. •Self-funded development via block subsidy - In order to have an ongoing source of funding for development work, a consensus rule has been added to allocate 10% of each block subsidy to a development organization. This entity is transparent and responsible for funding development work performed by current and new developers so that the project remains sustainable without a funding dependence on outside forces in the future. Decred therefore improves with growth in a sustainable way and is accountable only to its users. ii. Wallets and Mining •Web wallet service - In order for users to have access to a GUI on all platforms, we have created a web wallet service forked from BitPay's Copay wallet and its dependencies. This wallet allows users to access all the basics with Decred: sending and receiving coins, multisig transactions. •Command-line wallet - For more advanced users, we have a command-line wallet, dcrwallet. dcrwallet allows users to mine PoS and collect rewards by participating in the PoW/PoS consensus system. •Simple GPU miner - A simple AMD GPU miner that connects to a local daemon will be available before launch. In the future, proper getblocktemplate functionality will be enabled and pool software will be made available. iii. Initial Funding and Airdrop Decred opted for a different funding model in an attempt to shift the risk carried by supporters to the developers of the project. Instead of asking interested parties to fund the development of the software, the developers decided to pool funds together and carry the project to completion before making it public. The consensus was that this is an ethical path given the realities of funding software development, due to the fact that the developers alone carry the risk of the project failing, whereas in the past potential users were expected to pay for coins before any code was written. We felt this was unjust. The development of Decred was funded by Company 0 and from the pockets of its developers individually. The cost of developing the project, in terms of developer pay, totals to approximately USD 250,000, which Company 0 paid to developers. An additional amount of approximately USD 165,000 has been allocated for unpaid work and individual purchases by developers. We felt that the most equitable way to handle compensation for these expenses was to perform a small premine as part of the project launch. The model is unusual in that no developer received any amount of coins for free - all coins owned by developers will either be purchased at a rate of USD 0.49 per coin from their own pockets or exchanged for work performed at the same rate. The premine consists of 8% of the total supply of 21 million coins, meaning the premine consists of 1.68 million coins. Rather than allocating the entire premine to the bring-up costs, we decided to split the premine equally between compensation for bring-up and an "airdrop", where we freely give an equal amount of coins to a number of airdrop participants. This means Company 0 and its developers will have put roughly USD 415,000 into the bring-up since April, 2014 and receive 4% of the total supply, 840,000 coins (at USD 0.49 per coin). The remaining 4% will be spread evenly across a list of airdrop participants as part of an effort to build the Decred network and decentralize its distribution. Coins held by Company 0 will be used to fund its ongoing work on open-source projects, such as Decred and btcsuite. Giving away these coins in an airdrop allows us to accomplish several things at once for the project: enlarge the Decred network, further help decentralize the distribution of coins, and allow us to get coins into the hands of people who are interested in participating in the project. Decred is fundamentally about technological progress, so the airdrop will target individuals that have made contributions to advance technology in its various forms. The maximum number of airdrop participants is capped at 5,000 individuals, so we recommend registering sooner rather than later. These coins will be given away unconditionally and there is zero expectation of Decred receiving anything from you in return for these coins. Sign up for the airdrop is currently open, but the airdrop registration will commence on January 4th, 2016. People who have been selected to participate in the airdrop will receive an email that contains a link to a web registration form. This form will require airdrop participants to enter an address to which their coins can be sent. Binaries and source code will be made available so that you can generate a wallet seed and an address for your airdrop coins. Once you have entered your receiving address into the airdrop webform and submitted it, you will receive your coins on the projected launch date of January, 18th, 2016. iv. Project Governance and Development In addition to the technical features that make up the technology, Decred as a project introduces several development and governance features and proposals to ensure and steer long-term growth. We encourage participants to discuss these topics earnestly, as we want to ensure the system of development and governance is built on a solid foundation. •A multi-stakeholder development ecosystem that welcomes and empowers participants who want to build new functionality and improve on existing features. •Any party can submit feature proposals and developers are paid for work to fulfill requirements. This is done in full view of the community in a system designed to fight against ingroup-outgroup dynamics. •The initial contributors are the developers responsible for btcsuite (est. early 2013 - present). •A proposal for a layered form of transparent meritocratic governance that extends beyond proof-of-work and proof-of-stake mechanisms to bring forward and represent insider and outsider voices in the community. •A proposal for bottom-up decision-making through the Decred Assembly, an evolving and inclusive list of community members who make non-financial contributions to the project through their work and effort. •The project is bound by the Decred Constitution on the core principles of finite issuance, privacy, security, fungibility, inclusivity, and progressive development of the technology that keeps these principles together. v. Group Contribution Timeline Below are key points of free and open-source contributions made by the Decred developers to the digital currency ecosystem since 2013. The largest of which is the btcsuite package, which comprises a suite of packages and tools for working with Bitcoin in Golang, and includes btcd, a full node, mining capable, Bitcoin implementation. To date, the total contribution across btcsuite represents 98,046 lines of code, 44,576 of which are test coverage. vi. Additional Information Website: https://decred.org Forum: https://forum.decred.org Wiki: https://wiki.decred.org Reddit: https://reddit.com/decred Twitter: https://twitter.com/decredproject IRC: #decred on irc.freenode.net
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