The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is issuing grants to three more Bitcoin developers. JoinInbox creator Openoms, Zeus creator Evan Kaloudis and Fully Noded creator Fontaine will be gifted 1 bitcoin each, worth over $11,000 at the time of writing, making for a total of over $33,000. This marks the second round of grants from the Bitcoin Development Fund, HRF’s new fund to support Bitcoin projects.
“HRF decided to acknowledge and support these three developers and their projects because they are all focusing on making Bitcoin technology more accessible. Usability is the theme of this stage of the fund,” said Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation. “To reiterate: we will seek to reward projects focusing on improving Bitcoin usability, privacy and resilience moving forward.”
The Bitcoin Development Fund was first announced by HRF in June, coinciding with its first grant for Chris Belcher’s CoinSwap project. Now, marking the second round of grants, three more projects will receive 1 bitcoin each. In their own way, each of these projects make existing Bitcoin tools more accessible to a broader audience.
One of the new grants is awarded to the U.K.-based pseudonymous developer “Openoms,” the creator of JoinInbox. JoinInbox is a graphical user interface (GUI) for JoinMarket, a decentralized CoinJoin implementation where users can pay others to mix their coins with them, offering an incentive to provide liquidity for mixes and, therefore, privacy. Although a GUI was already available for JoinMarket users who wanted to mix their coins (“takers”), JoinInbox is the first GUI for users that want to offer their coins to be mixed (“makers”).
“The whole point of privacy is hiding in the crowd, and using JoinMarket as a maker required you to dwell deep in the command line,” Openoms, who’s also a contributor to the RaspiBlitz project, told Bitcoin Magazine. “By making it easier to be a maker, we can…