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Horizen is designing Sidechains and a Sidechain SDK to allow developers and enterprises to quickly and affordably spin up their own blockchains. The Horizen team is close to our next sidechain engineering milestone.
About this Sidechain Q&A
The Q&A you are reading today was sparked by Telegram community member Joker. Horizen co-founders, Rob and Rolf, and Rowan our Director of Business Development took turns answering his questions.
The questions and answers were so interesting, we wanted the entire community to be able to read them! This is the first part of the conversation. Please stay tuned for the rest!
Q I’m interested in the design principle of the sidechains. Are you planning to run smart contracts on the sidechains?A We’re going to develop and run sidechain applications on the supernodes to start with, such as the governance and voting sidechain, and the node tracking and payment sidechain. In parallel, we’re releasing a software development kit so that third-party organizations can operate side chains. Node operators should be able to sign up to be nodes for those sidechains and get compensated.
QWhy did you pivot to custom DAPPs on sidechains after doing privacy coins on mainchain for years?ABecause for full decentralization and resilience we need to make sure the governance and node compensation is not centralized
QCan’t you run governance on mainchain in a decentralized way? I guess I’m not seeing the reason to pivot to doing dapps. Can you enlighten me?AI wouldn’t say this is a pivot, more of an expansion of the original vision. The idea behind Horizen (then ZenCash) was to take the zero-knowledge cryptography that was brought to market by Zcash for their optionally private money and expand upon its use case through ...
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