Litecoin (LTC) to Fund Dev Team to Introduce Harry Potter-Named Protocol for Solving Fungibility Issue

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Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:17
Yuri Molchan

Litecoin’s Charlie Lee plans to use the MimbleWimble system and extra blocks on the Litecoin (LTC) network to make LTC more fungible

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Contrary to reports that Litecoin chain has given up developing which emerged earlier this year, on October 30, Charlie Lee said on his Twitter page that the Foundation is going to hire a Grin++ developer David Burkett to lead a team to implement the MimbleWimble protocol and Extension Blocks.

Earlier, the media reported that three people, including Charlie Lee and David Burkett, proposed the implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol (the title comes from the world-popular fantasy books about Harry Potter) to make LTC more fungible by means of Extension Blocks.

Litecoin to fund David Burkett to implement MW

In today’s tweet, Charlie Lee spread the word that David Burkett, a Grin++ Network developer, is going to be funded to lead a dev team to work on adding the MimbleWimble (MW) protocol through extra running blocks onto the Litecoin chain.

MimbleWimble offers a new format of Confidential Transactions working through so-called extension blocks. Those work alongside the main blockchain and the interval is the same – around 2.5 minutes.

“An auxiliary block is created for each main block. Auxiliary block looks like a traditional block without the header.”

MW was first suggested by a BTC developer, Johnson Lau, on Github, and described as a way to efficiently increase the size of blocks without any rules on the network to be changed.

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Charlie Lee determined to make LTC more private

In late January this year, Charlie Lee publicly addressed the issue of Litecoin fungibility, saying that due to blockchain operations on Litecoin being transparant, risks are high that transaction details can be made available to governmental agencies. He tweeted that fungibility is the only thing that both Bitcoin and Litecoin do not have at the moment.

 

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About the author

Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today, can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.

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