Neil Woodfine, a representative of Blockstream, recently announced the launch of Cerberus Protocol, following the release of the technology’s publication on Medium.
According to Woodfine, the objective of the Cerberus Protocol is to re-organize and build a non-custodial Bitcoin storage for large BTC-holders involved in businesses. The protocol is inclined towards the idea of “hybrid storage,” he said, where multi-sig keys are distributed across two organizations [Clavestone and the client].
In this manner, large Bitcoin holders’ virtual assets are protected under the enhanced security of a “firewall” with the risk of being “exposed to custodial risks.”
In the Medium post, it was listed that Cerberus was intended for corporations to own Bitcoin as a collective entity, rather than a single individual being responsible for the entire capital.
Neil Woodfine stated,
“We learned a lot from the development of the idea and our conversations with potential users, things we think would be valuable for the wider industry. So we’ve distilled everything down into an easy-to-follow guide for setting up a 2-of-3 multi-sig…and how to coordinate it.”
He also clarified that the involvement of custodians did not exactly secure one’s Bitcoins funds as they could be easily compromised at the hands of a single individual.
The Cerberus protocol would allow these large corporations to operate their own Bitcoin storage, reducing the involvement of middlemen, while also keeping security and usability in prime condition.
Woodfine had a word of caution though,
“Cerberus is still in early development, so definitely don’t try to start using it yet! Our hope is that by releasing the protocol in parts, we’ll be able to gather feedback from keen-eyed bitcoiners and iterate on the design to ensure we maximize security.”
The protocol gained traction in the community following the release of the first chapter of implementation.
Yuri De Gaia, Bitcoin OTC at l2bglobal, stated,
“Multisig storage is the best solution for corporate and family spending. All the elements for self-custody via multi-sig already exist, but there has been no clear protocol that applies to most situations.”
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Bitcoin is an enterprise; its users are comparable to traditional shareholders, claims Goldmoney Founder
Bitcoin was conceived in the backdrop of banks bailouts and the 2008 financial crisis. The recession and the loss of faith in banking, financial institutions gave Bitcoin a platform to rescue the ones affected, giving them hope for a better financial system without the hassle of corrupt institutions. With the rise of Bitcoin’s fame, both in the darknet and in the mainstream, questions about its regulations had to arise.
The question was put to rest when the SEC/CFTC ruled Bitcoin as a commodity and taxed it. However, Goldmoney’s Roy Sebag brought this discussion up again recently in his tweet thread, where he said that Bitcoin as an enterprise is working towards its good, comparing its users to traditional “shareholders” among other things, while concluding that Bitcoin is a security. He tweeted,
“Is Bitcoin a security? <10 years old so regulators haven’t even had enough time to truly learn how it works (think Napster or Kazaa in early days). Miners are clearly issuing coins and responsible for governance, an absence of formal relations among them is irrelevant….”
In successive tweets, Sebag attributed miners with the role of “stewarding” the so-called enterprise. In return, these miners get paid in “direct fees” or in “share appreciation.” In Bitcoin’s case, it is the mining reward, which is “BTC”. Similarly, buyers are compared to “shareholders” with a common interest in the enterprise, i.e. profit. Sebag added,
“Coins trade at exchanges. The common enterprise is designed for the price appreciation of coin.”
Bitcoin could face a shutdown by the government, just like it did with big players in file sharing, said Sebag, who added that Bitcoin could also be interpreted as a security under the “34 act of the SEC.” The Goldmoney Founder concluded that “this realization rests on the belief that neither Bitcoin nor any common enterprise is truly decentralized.”
However, his inputs weren’t very well-received by many in the crypto-community. Casa’s CTO Jameson Lopp refuted Roy Sebag’s ideas, tweeting,
“Roy will believe what he wants to believe, though if he’s not actually participating in Bitcoin then his beliefs are irrelevant to its consensus formation.”
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