Apart from PoW-based digital coins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, another token- EOS network’s centralization has always been debated. The highly publicized centralization problem has led many in the community to believe that decentralization is not EOS’s “top priority”. The network has only 21 nodes which imply that a handful of people possess central authority.
A Delegated Proof of Stake [DPoS]-based crypto asset posted gains of 450% since it hit a low in December 2018 and the EOS blockchain also hosted notable decentralized applications [DApps]. Even as EOS recovered along with its peer currencies, controversies surrounding it have not cooled down. As the network’s DApp activity recorded positive figures, upon further discovery made by AnChain.AI, it was noted that 75% of the transaction could potentially be “bot activity”.
The latest criticism came from Wiess Rating, which stated that it has downgraded EOS technology score as the network was drifting further away from decentralization. The recent tweet by the international cryptocurrency rating agency only added to EOS’s “centralization” rumors. Referring to the new developments by EOS’s parent firm, Block.one, Wiess Ratings confounded:
EOS DOWNGRADE: #EOS has serious problems with centralization, and their event last week did anything to alleviate that, so we’ve severely downgraded its technology score. It’s now up to #ADA to launch a truly decentralized #PoS #blockchain. No pressure.#crypto #Cardano #BTC
— Weiss Ratings (@WeissRatings) June 7, 2019
The latest social media app roll-out of the network dubbed, Voice and the much-anticipated Coinbase listing, couldn’t significantly drive the price up as the EOS market cooled down shortly after.
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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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