The latest news, announcements and insights from the Elixxir team

Today marks an important milestone for Elixxir, reached with the help of the wider Elixxir community. Thank you to everyone who submitted a questionnaire, applied to run a node, and participated in the Node Forum. We are honored by your support, and motivated to pursue the Elixxir vision laid out by David Chaum, our Founder and CEO.
Step 5 of Elixxir’s BetaNet node selection is here! Today we are publishing an initial selection of node applications for the Elixxir BetaNet, for public review and feedback. You can view the list of selected nodes published to the Node Forum. Following the timeline we laid out in January, this is our “rough draft” of node applications that we believe represent strong candidates to run the BetaNet. Now we want input from you, the members of the Elixxir community, on our selections.
Step 4 of Elixxir BetaNet node selection is here! We have been completely blown away by the level of interest, with 870 applications submitted from 80 countries. We have reviewed the applications, and are now ready and eager for you to participate and make your voice heard in this next step of the BetaNet node selection process. All anonymized applications are now available on our new Node Forum!

The Elixxir BetaNet bounty program is intended to reward Successful Node Referrals, which are defined as:

Referring an applicant who runs a BetaNet node that meets minimum participation requirements to be specified for the Initial Term (as defined in the Beta Testing Agreement Terms & Conditions) of the BetaNet.

According to his recent open letter on privacy, Mark Zuckerberg would have us all believe that he can combine his WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram platforms with “end-to-end” encryption to create the ultimate privacy-protecting platform. Truth is, he’s trying to preserve the $10–20 billion Facebook makes annually by spying on us — while fooling those mostly young people he says are moving off newsfeed to messaging into believing that end-to-end encryption means privacy.
With step 1 of the node selection process completed, and step 2, the Node application opening Monday, it’s time to share your anonymized preferences toward the rollout of the Elixxir BetaNet! The Node Questionnaire closed on Thursday, Feb. 7, after a deadline extension to accommodate for additional responses following our Technical Node Breakdown from VP of Architecture Ben Wenger. Our internal goal for survey engagement was 500 responses, and at survey close 585 of you had participated, so a special thanks to all of you who took part.
Two weeks ago, specifications for Elixxir’s BetaNet nodes were released. The community has been quick to point out that the Elixxir node hardware requirements are different from other existing nodes. Many were understandably surprised by the requirements: a powerful GPU, multi core CPU, significant disk space, and massive bandwidth are all at odds with requirements from other well known platforms. But Elixxir is a fundamentally different platform, and it should come at no surprise that its infrastructure is fundamentally different as well.
The opening of our questionnaire marks the first of many steps toward MainNet rollout of the Elixxir platform. If you are a member of our Node Community, or have seen our Press Release, you will have read on Friday that the selection of our initial BetaNet Nodes is a 6 Step process that is “driven by the community”.
The current definition of Proof of Stake is too broad and generic to be useful. It does not imply any information about the security or insecurity of a platform. This definition does a disservice to all parties—the users, the systems, the experts—because instead of discussions addressing the issues, we spend our time bike-shedding and making untrue assumptions about system properties.
Thank you for joining our team on this journey as we share our Elixxir blockchain platform with you. I’ve traveled around the globe twice over the past 90 days with various members of my team, working to ensure that we’re building solutions with the community’s input that will have universal application. We aim to create a blockchain by and for our community, and we’ll be asking for you to help us realize this goal over the coming months.
We’ve been working hard in the background on an exciting new project, and are thrilled to finally announce Elixxir to the world. Led by David Chaum, the Elixxir team leverages their diverse backgrounds in security, defense, investment banking, venture capital, AR, VR, machine learning, consumer electronics, election technology, and cryptography industries to realize the dream of the Elixxir project.