Your daily distillation of crypto news for Monday, February 18, 2019:
We Need to Talk About Afri
In the past few days, a vocal contingent of EthereanΨs has accused Parity's Afri Schoedon of ≯a wide r▷ange of ills, from ๑having a conflict of interest in working at Parity to being an an♀ti-Ethereum m卍ole. What started as a bit of Twitter criticism related to Afri's work on Polkadot got overheated, judging by▌ core devs' r︰eactions this morning, leadi┏ng Schoedon to withdraw from various social media channels. His longtime collaborator and friend Mara Paula Fernndez said he told her that he was "done with Ethereum."
In respo℅nse to this debacle, several community members have shown their support for Schoedon, with some, such as core developer Hudson Jameson, seeing the situation as aㄨn opportunitдy for growth. Jameson today began a reddit AMA related to ЕEthereum leadership and acc╳ountability. F&ernn∞dez, too, added a ring to the Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians' upcoming Coun◇cil of ≠Paris to discuss preserving Ethereans' integrity.
Whe๑ther individuals support or opp〓ose Scho™edon, the Ethereum community is shaken. (For our take,∝ see our full article.)
Finalists for the ETHDenver hackathon, which concluded yesterdвay, have been posted o●·nа the Ka▁▂▃▄uri content aggregation platform. There are finalis⊿ts in two categories: open and impact. Fourteen projects were chosen for the open catego◤ry, ranging from an on-chain oracle called Delfi∕ to an ETH 2.0 b∩eacon chain simulation.
The impact category features six finalists, ranКging from a carbon community project ∞called Carbos to zDai.io, a platfo☠rm using zk-SNARKs for confidential burner wallet transactions.
OmiseGO Alpha, Activate!
OmiseGO, the Ethereum-based sca↖ling solution for finance, recently announced the release of its More Viable Pぁlasma (MVP) test network, Ari. OmiseGO decided to launch tⅠhe alpha because it feels it's "in a good place with [its] builds, deployments, and ◇smart contract development." Ari, however, represents OmiseGO's internal φMV☺☻P testnet.
The next version of OmisↂeGO's network ┍will be its external beta.◙ The team said it intends to "use the bet♠a⊙ phase to oчbserve rαeal-world usage and look for bugs or flaws that haven't been discov☑ered in the alpha phase." OmiseGO only wants to deploy its network to mainnet after "ρthe code has been thoroughly tested and audited."