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Year Two in Review and a Look to the Future!
 
Cryptocurrency security: Spectre and Meltdown

Recently Google disclosed a new class of vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown. Folks in the Decred community have been asking questions about the implications of these bugs for Decred. This post delineates implications of these exploits and possible countermeasures. These bugs are akin to traders issuing cancels without back pressure to manipulate the market.

 
Politeia: Proposals in a Timestamped Filesystem

Rather than settling for governance infrastructure that is just good enough to get the job done, we opted to create what we consider to be the ideal infrastructure for self-governance of a cryptocurrency. We call our system for storing governance data Politeia, which is based on the ancient Greek term, meaning ?a system of government?.

 
Decred v1.1.0 ?Thunderstruck?? - Development Dispatch 26
 
On-Chain Atomic Swaps

As many of you know, yesterday marked the first cross-chain atomic swap between Decred and Litecoin. This is an important step in a direction that allows users to conduct trustless, cross-chain, over-the-counter (?OTC?) trades without a third party.

 
Decred Recruiting
 
zkc: Secure Communications
 
Upgrading Consensus

Over the next few releases, Decred will enable Proof-of-Stake (?PoS?) miners to vote on proposed consensus changes. This voting will allow Decred users to exercise sovereignty over whether or not to accept hard fork changes, in addition to making other important decisions.