Gavin Andresen On Blocksize And Bitcoin’s Governance

 

As the debate about the blocksize continues to roar through the Bitcoin community, Gavin Andresen joins Epicenter to take a step back from all the frenzy and ask the big questions: How should decisions about blocksize and bitcoin regulations be made? What does the governance of bitcoin look like now and what do we want it to look like in the future?

In a challenging time for bitcoin, it’s a critical discussion to have with one of the Chief Scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation. We cover everything from the current block size debate to the nature of forks to how decisions will be made in Bitcoin XT.

Topics covered included:
– MIT digital currency initiative
– The way Andresen thinks about bitcoin may be different than yours
– How were decisions made throughout bitcoin’s history
– What the Nakamoto/market consensus is
– Forking the software vs a fork of the blockchain
– Who should make decisions in bitcoin and how the interest of different stakeholders should be reconciled
– Why the desirable state is to move towards many different implementations
– How decisions will be made for the Bitcoin XT code base