Polkadot Soft-Launches Its Experimental ‘Canary Network’ Kusama
Jack Martin's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 42%
Blockchain interoperability protocol, Polkadot, launched its experimental "Canary network" dubbed Kusama, this morning, Aug. 23. In order to get off the ground, Kusama was begun as a Proof-of-Authority network.
Which Polkadot expect to last from one to four weeks, an upgrade will be introduced to remove Web3's authority over the chain. Effectively, this will transform Kusama from a centralized PoA network to a decentralized Proof-of-Stake network. At this point, governance and transfers will be activated, and the Kusama network will be functionally live.
As previously reported by Cointelegraph, the Kusama "Canary network" is a conscious decision to eschew "Fake" test-nets and "Step into this unknown and see what chaos awaits." Kusama will only exist as long as there is community demand, and Polkadot expects it to unlock new, high-risk functionality and projects that would serve as a preparation stage for development and deployment on Polkadot.
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