Systematizing blockchain governance
Taking a look at IOG research on ‘Blockchain Governance’ and ways of establishing a robust governance system
29 September 2022 8 mins read
The initial goal of blockchain systems was to achieve decentralized consensus with regard to monetary transactions. So far this has been a success, with different platforms offering a variety of decentralization levels, some of which are quite robust. Blockchains have since expanded to be capable of much more than what Bitcoin originally intended.
However, the ‘code-is-law…
Cardano, 5 years on
Cardano turns five this year, so this is the perfect time to take a look at some of the key achievements and milestones that have defined the blockchain's evolution
27 September 2022 6 mins read
Cardano is still young in relative terms, but so was Mozart when he wrote Minuet and Trio in G. Same age, in fact. Mozart composed an uplifting (some describe it as charming) melody, pursuant to his youth, perhaps. Cardano's mission is just as inspirational: the provision of a balanced ecosystem to meet the needs of its users.
Five candles shine bright today. Five beacons that…
Vasil: what to expect
Increased functionality, performance & scalability; find out what the Vasil upgrade will bring to Cardano
16 September 2022 10 mins read
We’re now a little under one week away from the deployment of the Vasil upgrade, which significantly improves and enhances Cardano's capabilities. New Plutus v2 features and enhancements will enable DApp developers to create novel and exciting experiences, while diffusion pipelining unlocks the potential for greater throughput and network capacity.
Vasil preparations have been underway for some time across the entire Cardano ecosystem. The core engineering teams at IOG and the Cardano Foundation, SPOs, DApp developers, and exchanges have performed intensive testing and integration efforts, with positive results. A joint IOG/Cardano Foundation team will use the hard fork combinator to deploy Vasil at…
Advancing digital identity through DID core specification
The recent DID core specification approval at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provided clearer and stronger foundations for identity platforms building decentralized identifiers.
8 September 2022 4 mins read
In June 2022, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved the Decentralized Identifier (DID) Working Group’s DID core specification to move to the W3C Recommendation stage. This milestone reaffirms the rising relevance of digital identity and provides clearer and stronger foundations for identity platforms such as Atala PRISM.
Here, we look at:
- what digital identity and DIDs are.
Zk-SNARKs: updatable setups on the blockchain
Zk-SNARKs have proven to be a ‘Swiss army knife’ for blockchain and distributed ledgers, with applications in privacy, interoperability, and scalability
1 September 2022 12 mins read
Since their introduction, zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs) have been used to support potential applications ranging from verifiable outsourced computation to anonymous credentials, within a multitude of settings that require a balance between privacy and integrity. ZKPs enable one party to prove to another that a certain statement or claim is true, without revealing the contents of…