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Central Bank Digital Currencies & Stablecoins: What´s Next?
15 May, 2020

Due to the pandemic outbreak, trillions of dollars will be injected into different economies. As we have previously analyzed, central bank digital currencies could enable governments to articulate better monetary policy transmission. Central banks were not created to interact directly with end-consumers and there’s usually a lag between monetary policy implementation and their direct effects […]

Blockchain in times of Coronavirus: DLT at the Service of Humanity
14 May, 2020

COVID-19 has set the scientific community on a race to find solutions for the worst pandemic in many decades. In a context where uncertainty is the rule, there is an immediate need to setup a public data layer that would need enable tracking of COVID-19 positives (both symptomatic and asymptomatic).  Consolidating the information in a […]

Blockchain Oracles: Linking Third Party Off-Chain Information with Smart Contracts
8 May, 2020

There are many projects in the blockchain space that require constant interaction with external sources of information. In order to accomplish the transmission of information between different parties, oracles are required. Simply put, oracles are third party services that provide smart contracts with external information. For example, physical products that could be connected to the […]

Papyrus v2.0 is Here: What You Need To Know About RSK Upcoming Network Upgrade
5 May, 2020

Summary: The RSK network will be undergoing a planned network upgrade at block number 2,392,700. This is expected to occur on Friday, May 29th, 2020. This blogpost shares all the relevant information users need to know to successfully upgrade their RSK nodes to this new version. May 6th Update – IMPORTANT UPDATE: some users reported […]

RSK 2019 Year Review and 2020 Roadmap Update
13 April, 2020

By Adrián Eidelman, IOV Labs’ Head of RSK Strategy We’re only a few days into the second quarter of 2020, and while the teams keep working to make RSK Infrastructure more robust, safer, and easier to use, we think it’s a good opportunity to share with the community our goals for the rest of the […]

SyncChain: Synchronized Sidechains for Improved Security and Usability
8 April, 2020

By Sergio Demian Lerner, IOV Labs Chief Innovation Scientist [TL;DR] We invented a new type of merge-mined sidechain we call SyncChain, which enables fast peg-ins and peg-out (between Bitcoin and RSK, this is as low as 30 minutes for peg-ins and as low as 2 hours for peg-outs) and can be parametrized to unconditionally protect […]

Wasabi Release v1.3.0 Is Here
18 February, 2020

We’re pleased to announce that a new RSK Wasabi release has been published in our Github repo. This release introduces the new JSON-RPC trace module, supporting methods that provide users with transaction processing details.  Please refer to RSK developers portal to understand how to configure your node to enable RPC modules. Also please note that these new methods are not […]

Gitcoin Web3 World Hackathon: 90% of RSK Bounties Fulfilled with IOV Labs as Main Sponsor
13 February, 2020

RSK participated as a sponsor of the Web3 World hackathon, organised by Gitcoin, a platform that provides a double-sided market that connects coders to funding in a decentralised peer-to-peer manner. After the hackathon we were pleased to find out that we were the biggest sponsor for the event. We had the most bounties available for […]

HawkClient: Building a Fully Decentralized Bridge Between RSK and Ethereum
6 February, 2020

By Sergio Demian Lerner, RSK Chief Innovation Scientist Bridging blockchains in a fully decentralized and trustless manner is one of the holy grails of blockchain research. At IOV Labs we created the first solid federated bridge in 2016 that has been powering the 1:1 peg between RSK and Bitcoin for 3 years. Now, we are […]

Token Bridge between RSK and Ethereum Blockchains
28 January, 2020

The token bridge between RSK and Ethereum allows to cross ERC20 tokens back and forth between both networks. This way the user or the contract creator can chose to cross tokens to another network. Allowing to take advantage of lower fees a more secure network or different consensus when he sees fit.   How it […]