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Author: Alec Spier
To: unsystem
Subject: Re: [unSYSTEM] An Electrum server using libbitcoin
excited to hear more about DarkFi. Great respect and love to the Polytekniks and all of you pushing forward in this list. Would love to hear everyones opinion on this, and especially Amir as I've looked around online for your explicit opinion in your Twitter / polytech on this topic but came up empty handed; I'm curious what you think of the dominant crypotnotes in their risk to compromise in respect to both chain integrity and de-anonymization long-term compared to zk-snarks/starks (I have heard of code complexity considerations with the latter and immediate scaling considerations w the former) and furthermore whether you see technical merit to the 'Haven' styled xUSD xAsset model of Defi.





Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 at 6:34 AM
From: "Amir Taaki" <amir@???>
To: unsystem@???
Subject: Re: [unSYSTEM] An Electrum server using libbitcoin

Ivan, this is great timely news as we are just about to announce our
project DarkFi.

We have developed our own custom ZK tooling to write anonymous financial

This is all part of a new ideological vision we are pioneering which
combines applies democratic confederalism to the economic sphere through
agorist concepts.


More info coming soon on this mailing list.

On 4/9/21 12:23 PM, Ivan J. wrote:
> Hi.
> I've been working on an Electrum server implementation that uses zmq
> and libbitcoin as its backend. I wanted to use the Electrum wallet with
> my libbitcoin server and this makes it possible now with (unfinished)
> libbitcoin v4.
> The code is here: https://github.com/parazyd/obelisk
> (Yes, it's named Obelisk because of historical reasons :p)
> As the Electrum/ElectrumX protocol is getting some new stuff in
> protocol version 1.5, I will keep tracking the protocol and implement
> it in Obelisk as it comes.
> Eventually, the end-goal is to merge Obelisk into Electrum and simply
> use libbitcoin public (or self-hosted) servers directly, without
> the need of a boilerplate protocol/server between a client and a
> daemon. In current Electrum git, this seems relatively simple to do
> (and I personally already have done about 70% of it on my local
> code repository), but the problem is that it's a breaking change
> and replaces the old protocol, which invalidates all old servers
> if/when this change happens. However, I don't doubt that removing
> the boilerplate and querying a libbitcoin server directly is a bad
> idea at all. I'll see if I can make upstream progress on this once
> I get feedback.
> In general, regarding Obelisk I'd appreciate some feedback, review,
> and a bit of help with certain TODOs in the code. The entire codebase
> is around 1000 lines of Python 3 with no external dependecies besides
> pyzmq.
> Thanks,
> Ivan
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