Helium Overview

Helium is a blockchain network with a native cryptocurrency (HNT) used to incentivise individuals around the world to provide coverage on a global peer-to-peer wireless network. This is done using a Helium compatible hotspot, which to date provides coverage for low-power IoT devices. Traditional networks such as WiFi do not suit IoT devices well because of their lower range compared to other types of networks such as LoRaWaN. To solve this problem, Helium pioneered LongFi, which represents a mixture of LoRaWaN and blockchain technology. In the past, there were not enough incentives for participants to operate LoRaWaN hotspots resulting in…

Chainlink 2.0 — The Decentralised Finance (DeFi) Metalayer

The Chainlink 2.0 whitepaper was published on April 15th. Chainlink 2.0 aims to create a decentralised metalayer through hybrid smart contracts by having a large number of oracle networks serve users on an individual basis. The end goal of this, would be to have smart contracts interact with multiple oracles, just as users interact with multiple APIs in web2 today. In essence, Chainlink wants to take as much load off of smart contracts as possible. The DeFi metalayer will look something like an off-chain outcomes data factory. Large amounts of data will flow into Chainlink oracle networks and there will…

On March 17 2021, Anchor protocol went live.

The release of Anchor protocol unleashed a new era for Decentralised Finance (DeFi) on Terra blockchain. Anchor protocol targets 20% APY for depositors of UST (TerraUSD) by transferring staking rewards of liquid LUNA (bLuna) from borrowers to depositors using a liquidation mechanism that converts bLuna rewards into UST. The result of this, is a seamless user experience that non-native crypto users can easily navigate. Anchor protocol solves APR volatility demonstrated in competing DeFi lending protocols by ignoring a singular asset approach, where the amount of one asset that is able to…

When an individual or team come(s) up with an innovative idea, often the first source of funding they turn to is in the form of a grant. Grants in the blockchain ecosystem are usually milestone-driven and issued by either foundations or patron organisations. Recently though, there has been a new approach to promote ecosystem development. Free TON, a blockchain with roots stemming from the Telegram Open Network community and a live instantiation of the Telegram Open Network protocol, has focused on endorsing ‘permissionless innovation’ within its ecosystem. Free TON has been using decentralised contests as opposed to issuing grants to…

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This article identifies twelve defined non-financial risks for Decentralised Finance (DeFi) on Ethereum blockchain.

What is DeFi?

Decentralised Finance Applications (herein called “DeFi”) has taken the world by storm since its inception in 2017.

DeFi is the transformation of traditional financial products into products that operate without an intermediary via smart contracts on a blockchain.

The value of DeFi specific to the Ethereum blockchain, has grown from $4 on August 2017, to $7,820,000,000 as of time of writing September 7, 2020. Types of DeFi applications are wide-ranging. …

Xavier Meegan

Research @ Chorus One

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