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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.
Bitcoin has been around for about ten years. But the dream of a decentralized, anonymous digital currency has been around for decades. On this week's podcast, we speak with one of the original godfathers of the space, David Chaum, an American cryptographer, who first wrote about digital cash in the early 80s. Chaum's original vision wasn't exactly the same as what we know as cryptocurrencies today, but many of the ideas were the same, and Chaum's work was cited by many of the early crypto believers. On this week's podcast, we talk to him about the history of his work, cryptocurrency, and where he sees it going now.
The Elixxir platform has announced the launch of Prelixxir, an app for members of the community to engage with and track the growth of the platform. Available for both iOS and Android, Prelixxir offers a first look at news, event notifications and releases, and the opportunity to participate in early feature testing. For iOS users, in accordance with Apple app policies, testing will be supported on a separate platform.
Blockchain-based messaging and payments platform Elixxir—created by the Godfather of Crypto, David Chaum—has moved to a public alpha. On Saturday, the Prelixxir app was quietly released on both iOS and Android, to provide access to the testing network, which is set to go live in a few months. The new app will finally let those who’ve been following the project get their hands on the app, as well as news about it, in a limited testing mode. The team hopes the alpha will show that Elixxir is user-friendly and ready for consumer adoption; it aims to get tens of thousands of people on-board, to collect feedback.
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!
David Chaum's groundbreaking full-stack blockchain platform, Elixxir, closed node applications Friday after receiving 870 submissions for its BetaNet from operators across more than 80 countries.
Modeled after the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) protocol used to standardize the early internet, Elixxir's BetaNet selection process follows six steps. The process was designed to remove the core team's influence over selection by opening applications to community feedback and review.
David Chaum, an early innovator of digital currency, tells The Block that modern blockchains are “a step backwards” from his initial vision.
He notes his graduate-school thesis, written in the 80s, pre-empted all but 1 of the key elements in Satoshi’s 2009 white paper.
Amid the renewed debate over who Bitcoin’s creator is, Chaum says he’s comfortable with Satoshi Nakamoto remaining anonymous.
Pioneering cryptographer, computer scientist, and inventor focused on preserving consumer privacy online since the 1980s. Invented mix networks, blind signatures, the first cryptocurrency with DigiCash, to enable consumer privacy across messaging and payments. Credited with developing the first concept of a blockchain through my 1979 work on “vault systems” which proposed all elements of blockchain we now see in Bitcoin except proof of work. Academic article can be found
Elixxir, led by David Chaum, the "father of online privacy," announces Elixxir's unprecedented privacy-protecting blockchain technology will be launched on a BetaNet supported by node operators on six continents. The Elixxir platform will allow users to communicate without revealing metadata related to their activities—that is, Elixxir will obscure who sends messages, when messages are sent, where they are sent from and who receives them.

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.

We explore the origins of blockchain technologies to better understand the enduring needs they address. We identify the five key elements of a blockchain, show the embodiments of these elements, and examine how these elements come together to yield important properties in selected systems. To facilitate comparing the many variations of blockchains, we also describe the four crucial roles of common blockchain participants. Our historical exploration highlights the 1979 work of David Chaum, whose vault system embodies many of the elements of blockchains
The truth is, Mr Zuckerberg is trying to “preserve Facebook’s $10-20 billion annual revenue from spying on us”, according to one cryptocurrency and fintech industry pioneer who has gone public himself on the matter.
That folks is the view of David Chaum, who is widely recognized as the inventor of digital cash (aka cryptocurrency) back in the 1980’s and has been dubbed “The Godfather” of cryptocurrency, who recently offered to assist Zuckerberg – if he was “serious about privacy.”
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.

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