Algorand is planning a series of upgrades to bolster the network’s privacy and speed, and developing permissioned co-chains with a trustless decentralized bridge between chains, founder and MIT professor Silvio Micali said at Blockchain Week Australia on Tuesday. 

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Fast facts

  • Algorand is developing a layer of privacy with regulators while ensuring that privacy does not become a curtain to hide nefarious activities, Micali said. 
  • The permissioned co-chains can help developers build ecosystems independent of the main Algorand blockchain and could be used for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). 
  • Algorand is also trying to increase its speed and scalability — the first planned upgrade will increase the network speed 10 times. 
  • Launched in June 2019, Algorand is an open source public blockchain network that uses a pure proof-of-stake (PPoS) algorithm that randomly and secretly selects block validators.  
  • Algorand, which has a market cap of US$5.4 billion, was trading at US$0.816 at press time — growing over 15% in the past week, according to CoinGecko data

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