16.05.2021

Polkadot Founder Gavin Wood Details Network Rollout

The Polkadot network is “very near launch”, founder Gavin Wood told attendees of the Ready Layer One (RL1) virtual conference on Wednesday in a sneak peek of the Ethereum co-founder’s new network.

Like Kusama, Wood told RL1 attendees Polkadot will roll out in five or six stages, beginning with a “chain candidate” launched by the Web3 Foundation. The candidate operates as a de facto genesis block for the network, but under the guidance of Web3 Foundation developers. If the candidate does not meet the team’s requirements during this initial phase, it will be replaced by another, Wood said.

Wood, who wrote Ethereum’s technical paper in 2014, created Polkadot with the intention of allowing users to send transactions across blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum in what is commonly referred to as making them interoperable.

Notably, the network will launch under a Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus algorithm that Wood invented, which will initially give all on-chain authority to the Web3 Foundation, the non-profit behind Polkadot. As such, the Polkadot network will have limited functionality, Wood said.

“It allows us to start the chain without having to have a set of validators already assembled and having to trust in our potentially unfulfilled governance structures to move the chain forward,Wood said.

The PoA structure is not dissimilar to the NEAR protocol, another Ethereum competitor that announced the launch of its mainnet earlier this week. NEAR is likewise rolling out in a heavily restricted form.

Subsequent stages of the Polkadot rollout will issue the network’s DOT tokens to holders and form validators for the planned switch to PoS. This work will be overseen by a “Sudo module”, Wood said, that will govern how the blockchain structure is initially formed. This module will eventually be dissolved, with DOT token holders taking over the network’s governance toward the end of Polkadot’s launch.

The Sudo module and overarching rollout structure are a “staging ground as much as a proposal” for evolving the chain from something that is restricted to something that is permissionless, Wood said.

$100K Crypto Donation to Amazon Rainforest Charity Blocked By BitPay

A large donation to a non-profit working to protect the Amazon rainforest and the environment has been blocked by compliance rules at crypto payments firm BitPay.

The charity, Amazon Watch, took to Twitter on Friday to appeal to BitPay to let the $100,000 payment through.

BitPay responded in the Twitter thread, saying:

“Hi! We will escalate this issue ASAP to see if the donor can be contacted. In the meantime, if you wish to upgrade your approved volume to accept donations of this size, please go to your merchant dashboard Settings > Approved Volume.”

Amazon Watch said it had tried to increase its approved volume, but was requested to go through a further compliance process via email.

The donation comes as the Amazon is being ravaged by thousands of fires, many reported to have been lit on purpose by farmers and loggers after Brazil’s controversial president, Jair Bolsonaro, relaxed environmental rules after coming into office last October.

Bolsonaro has claimed he isn’t responsible, pointing a finger at NGOs against all the evidence.

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