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Distributed Digest: Wednesday, March 20, 2019




ETHBerlin accepts non-Ethereum proposals, Counterfactual releases the alpha for its state channels sandbox, and RadicalxChange begins soon.

Your daily distillation of crypto news for Wednesday, March 20, 2019:

Chain Agnosticism

The Department of Decentralization (DoD), the group behind ETHBerlin and GörliCon, tweeted earlier today that it's accepting non-Ethereum proposals for ETHBerlin 2019. The hackathon will be open to all, whether folks want to run a non-Ethereum track at the event, propose chain-agnostic tooling bounties, or simply mingle with other blockchain geeks.

The DoD's chain-agnostic approach aligns with the group's mission of working toward an interoperable future. The ETHBerlin name will remain, but the DoD's commitment is ultimately to open source and decentralization, not to any one blockchain network.

Playing with State Channels

The team behind blockchain protocol Counterfactual yesterday announced the alpha release of Playground, a sandbox for generalized state channels. Playground offers developers a complete demo and roadmap to show them how the framework can be used to build apps.

An individual must have a MetaMask account to create their own Playground state channel, which would then be collateralized using ETH. Once in, there are two games currently available to play on Playground: Tic Tac Toe and High Roller. Users can play these games without any fees or ever going on chain.

Getting Radical in Detroit

Remember Glen Weyl, the economist who emerged within the blockchain scene last year after conversing with Vitalik Buterin? He has spearheaded a movement inspired by his and Eric Posner's book, "Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society," and the ideas that surround it. Called RadicalxChange, the movement will convene technologists, artists, activists, philosophers, and everybody in between for a three-day conference in Detroit, Michigan, this upcoming weekend.

Although RadicalxChange and its foundational book are not rooted in blockchain, many of the ideas explored in Weyl and Posner's work are complemented by the technology. Indeed, Weyl collaborated with Buterin and researcher Zoë Hitzig on a paper titled "Liberal Radicalism: Formal Rules for a Society Neutral Among Communities," which contemplates the potential of blockchain technology to bring about the liberal radical donation-matching model explored in the paper. Buterin will discuss the overlap between crypto enthusiasts and the liberal radical movement at the conference on Sunday, March 24.

Other attendees the blockchain community might be familiar with include Zooko Wilcox of Zcash, Beatriz Helena Ramos of, and Simon de la Rouviere, formerly of ConsenSys. Various panels at the conference, too, feature a blockchain bent, such as "Data as Identity" and "Implementing Quadratic Voting."

Dani Putney

Dani is a full-time writer for ETHNews. They received their bachelor's degree in English writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where they also studied journalism and queer theory. In their free time, they write poetry, play the piano, and fangirl over fictional characters. They live with their partner, three dogs, and two cats in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.

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