20 BTC bounty from Human Rights Foundation up for grabs to improve Bitcoin network

The foundation also offered a bounty of 3 BTC in December 2021 to increase the usability and privacy of Bitcoin Lightning wallets

article-image

cdd20/Unsplash modified by Blockworks

share

The Human Rights Foundation has issued 10 separate bounties, each worth 2 BTC, in an effort to make Bitcoin and the Lightning Network easier and more private to use.

That totals up to 20 BTC, and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) said on its website that more bounties may be added in the future. 

This is right in line with the organization’s goal to chip away at authoritarianism. By some estimates, fewer than a fifth of the world’s population live in free, democratic regimes. The HRF believes that bitcoin, in particular, could be a way to stave off centralized government control of money— something almost every human being is reliant on to exist in society.

HRF Chief Strategy Officer Alex Gladstein added that Bitcoin allows journalists, human rights defenders and dissidents to continue receiving donations “even if their banking and fintech apps are paralyzed” by draconian government actors.

The foundation will share submissions for all of the 10 bitcoin challenges with “external industry experts” to verify their accuracy and workability, HRF said. 

There’s also quite a bit of time to submit, since the HRF will accept applications on the bounties all the way up until Dec. 31, 2024. Any unclaimed bounties will revert back into the coffers of the HRF’s Bitcoin Development Fund, a donation pool that was launched in 2020. 

The first two challenges focus on user control and privacy on the network.

The first one is to make the Bitcoin UI kit open source on Penpot. Currently the UI kit is only available in Figma file format, which is a problem for most people because Figma is proprietary software priced up to $75 per month. Penpot is completely free.

The second challenge involves deploying a production-ready version 2 payjoin protocol that can send and receive Payjoin transactions without either party having to operate a public server. 

The other challenges deal with improving elements of services adjacent to the actual Bitcoin network. 

Challenge no. 3 can be completed if someone figures out how to create end-to-end encrypted Nostr group chats. The HRF also wants someone to create a self-custodial mobile Lightning address generator integrated into a wallet on iOS or Android. 

The HRF previously launched a bitcoin bounty with Lightning Network payments platform Strike in December 2021. There were three challenges, each worth 3 BTC, and the contest ran until Dec. 31, 2022.

Gladstein told Blockworks that two of the bounties were claimed. William Casarin claimed the Lightning tip jar bounty. Casarin would go on to create Damus, which recently ran into quite a bit of trouble with the Apple App Store for its bitcoin tipping feature.

The E-Cash bounty, which is now Cashu, was also claimed, Gladstein said.

Updated July 28, 2023 at 1:33 pm ET: Added comment from HRF Chief Strategy Officer Alex Gladstein.


Don’t miss the next big story – join our free daily newsletter.

Tags

Upcoming Events

Hilton Metropole | 225 Edgware Rd, London

Mon - Wed, March 18 - 20, 2024

Crypto’s premier institutional conference returns to London in March 2024. The DAS: London Experience: Attend expert-led panel discussions and fireside chats Hear the latest developments regarding the crypto and digital asset regulatory environment directly from policymakers and experts.

Salt Lake City, UT

WED - FRI, OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2024

Pack your bags, anon — we’re heading west! Join us in the beautiful Salt Lake City for the third installment of Permissionless. Come for the alpha, stay for the fresh air. Permissionless III promises unforgettable panels, killer networking opportunities, and mountains […]

recent research

Research report - cover graphics (1).jpg

Research

In this report, we dive into crypto private market data to gather insights on where the future of the industry is headed. Despite a notable downturn in private raises, capital continues to infuse promising projects that aim to transform payments, banking, consumer experiences, community, and more, with 2023 being the fourth-largest year for crypto venture capital.

article-image

The results mark “a major positive inflection point,” one analyst says, as the exchange carries net income momentum into a crypto rally

article-image

While the slate of 10 US spot bitcoin funds have tallied $4.6 billion of net inflows thus far, half of the field is lagging the leaders

article-image

Trading volumes totalled $154 billion in Q4, including $125 billion in institutional volume

article-image

DeFi on Bitcoin is all the rage right now and Stacks is positioned to benefit

article-image

The Boston Globe reports that lawyer John Deaton is weighing a possible bid

article-image

Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade will enable Uniswap v4 to optimize smart contracts for complex functionality