Comparisons are often made between code and law, with the argument that software development isn’t that different from writing legal texts. If this holds true, then the Australian Government is well on their way to push some really buggy code to production with their Assistance & Access law. This ProtonMail blog post sums the problem up quite nicely, and this tweetstorm illustrates how out of touch the Aussie lawmakers seem to be from the realities of development. Good luck making this work in practice. ✌️
Governments around the world are shouting louder and louder for encryption backdoors. If there ever was a question as to why privacy projects are better developed in a distributed fashion without a legal entity to subpoena or harass in the courts of a particular jurisdiction, developments such as these may provide convincing answers. Of course, being distributed does not prevent individual contributors from being coerced by their governments to put in backdoors in projects, but being open source should (hopefully) make such efforts more difficult to go unnoticed.
Interesting times ahead.
In other news, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a pre-solicitation notice asking for ideas on how to conduct blockchain analysis on privacy coins.
@yeastplume went on the What Bitcoin Did podcast to talk about Grin.
The 3rd London Meetup was announced. See y’all there.
The ‘Bitcoin Maximalist’s Gradient of Acceptance of Crypto Assets’, as tweeted by Alex Sunnarborg.
Grin coverage in an article on BTCManager.com.
More coverage was fund on Bitcoinexchangeguide.com
…and another article on Coinannouncer.com.
Csilla Brimer included Grin in a list of privacy preserving tech.
Notes from last week’s Governance meeting are up. Quarkslab to be approached for the security audit of the Grin crates, and we have another security auditor looking at the libsecp256k fork in parallel.
There are 118 open issues in Grin.
26 pull requests were merged in the past week, with 7 unique contributors.
Transaction building is now supported via Keybase, courtesy of @mcdallas.
Grin is now on Rust 2018, migrated over via @hashmap.
@tromp & @phooton did some bug squashing on a weird RTX-series only CUDA bug.
Forum thread on Grin’s blockchain size in relation to Bitcoin.
And the otherwise fairly dormant grin subreddit saw some action when Grin’s transactions per seconds were debated. To all readers: Forks are imminent. If you’re planning to fork Grin, please send redditor “Numecca” a DM, they are on the lookout for them, apparently.
wallet713 is a new open-source wallet that’s using Grinbox to facilitate transaction building and aims to make it easy to send, store, and swap Grin.
(Full disclosure: I’m part of the team working on it.)
Jan 8, London, UK: Grin London Meetup
Jan 28, San Mateo, CA: Grincon(0)<US>. Registrations are open. Get your tickets early so you don’t miss out.
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