A recent post regarding the MIT ChainAnchor project is raising a lot of questions, and very few answers. Based on the information in this post, Bitcoin users will soon be forced to link their identity to an address. What could MIT hope to gain by doing so, and to what lengths will they go to see this project come to fruition?
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The MIT ChainAnchor Project Threatens Bitcoin Privacy
The MIT ChainAnchor Project is far less noble than most people originally assumed it to be. It appears as if the primary focus of this project is to ensure Bitcoin users link their identities to wallet addresses and transactions, removing any pseudonymity and privacy. Although it is not the first time someone proposes such a drastic course of action, the ChainAnchor team has a cunning plan to enforce this obedience.
Bitcoin miners could end up being either bribed or coerced to only include transactions in the next blocks which belong to registered users. This would force users to broadcast their public identity for every transaction taking place on the network, which is a situation everyone hopes to avoid. Not