Lightning Network Explorer released

ACINQ Team recently released Explorer for a Lightning Network
11 December 2017   1644

ACINQ, the developers of Lightning Network just released the Lightning Network Browser.

The explorer displays all known nodes and channels, of which the Lightning Network (LN) is composed. Due to the fact that the developers managed to achieve compatibility of various LN implementations, Explorer users can see the nodes C-lightning, Eclair and lnd.

Lightning Network Browser
Lightning Network Browser

By default, all nodes with a public IP address and activated geolocation are displayed on the world map. When you select a separate node, the application highlights all associated channels, and also shows the URI in text and QR code. Users of Android-purse Eclair can simply scan the latter and automatically open the channel with the node.

While the explorer works exclusively in the test version of the bitcoin network. Developers also note that transactions in the Lightning Network are not publicly displayed: they are encrypted and forwarded between the sender and the receiver using intermediate nodes through a routing protocol similar to Tor.

In other words, Lightning transactions offer significant privacy improvements over regular on-blockchain transactions.


It is also worth reminding that on 17.11.2017 first atomic BTC to LTC swap was performed in the Lightning Network.

Member of British Parliament Wants to Payl Tax in BTC

MP  comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes
11 December 2018   10

Eddie Hughes, a member of the UK Conservative Party, said that the state should make it possible to use Bitcoin when paying taxes and utilities. It is reported by The Daily Express.

Eddie Hughes, who represents North Walsall in parliament, calls himself a "crypto-enthusiast with amateur knowledge." According to him, the blockchain technology attracts a lot of attention, and therefore members of parliament "must understand it."

Eddie Hughes also said that he recently met with representatives of the Royal Society for Water Rescue, which accepts donations in cryptocurrencies, after which he came to the idea of ​​making it possible to use Bitcoin when paying municipal taxes and utilities.

It just feels like it gets talked about a lot, wherever you go in the UK, and as MPs we have a duty to understand it. 

Eddie Hughes


Hughes comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes, which he also reminded in his interview within the publication.