A Mozilla W3C representative condemns crypto mining


Proof-of-work, according to Tantek Celik, has no place in web standards.

Tantek Celik, Mozilla’s Web Standards Lead, has spoken out against bitcoin mining in a debate about web standards.

Celik rejects proof-of-work requests

Proof-of-work methods…are harmful for sustainability,” Celik added, referring to the way Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies validate transactions and distribute miner rewards.

He went on to say that successful proof-of-work systems squander a shocking amount of electricity across the world, adding that Bitcoin uses more energy than several countries. Celik was most likely referring to a widely-cited Cambridge survey that claims. Bitcoin mining uses as much energy as the Netherlands or the Philippines.

According to Celik, W3C must firmly reject such proof-of-work technologies and prevent them from being integrated or made optionally available in its web standards.

The remark was made during a discussion on decentralized identity (DIDs), a term that encompasses Bitcoin-based services like Microsoft’s ION Network and other blockchain-based systems that serve a similar purpose.

Celik also criticized non-proof-of-work options, claiming that such an approach would lead to centralization, giving system operators authority at the service or architectural level.

Celik ended by proposing that the DID standard should remain a working draft and not become a guideline.

Is Mozilla a Crypto-Friendly Operating System?

Celik’s remarks did not refer to Bitcoin in a larger sense, and Mozilla is unlikely to oppose cryptocurrency. In reality, Mozilla has been accepting bitcoin donations since January of this year.

The firm has also created well-known cryptocurrency statistics. Former Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon has joined Stellar as CEO, and former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has joined Brave as founder and CEO.

Celik’s statements are about future web standards in general, not the restrictions that apply to developers who use add-ons to enhance the functionality of Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

Given that the web browser already allows third-party bitcoin wallets such as Metamask, Celik’s remarks are unlikely to impact initiatives in this line.


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