The creator of an “open” alternative to Facebook’s Libra stablecoin initially misrepresented which organizations are involved in the project, CoinDesk has learned.
Four individuals and organizations have disavowed the OpenLibra project, which was unveiled Oct. 9 at Devcon. Others say the extent of their involvement was overblown.
“I showed up to one community call for OpenLibra. I didn’t really do anything after that,” said Sunny Aggarwal, a core developer at blockchain startup Tendermint Inc.
“I wasn’t asked before my name was used on the slides.”
Outside of Aggarwal, representatives from Chainlink, Web3 Foundation and Hashed have told CoinDesk their names were used without their permission on the OpenLibra slide deck presented at Devcon. The OpenLibra project aims to ensure that access to the Libra stablecoin and its technology remains free from corporate control.
In the case of Web3 Foundation and Hashed, the companies say their names were mistakenly associated with those of employees who no longer work there.
“We’re not opposed to OpenLibra. We’re just not apart of it,” said Zeke Turner, the Web3 Foundation’s head of communications.
Lucas Geiger, the founder of the OpenLibra project, has since apologized for the oversight.
In a Telegram message to Chainlink CEO Sergey Nazorov and this reporter, Geiger said:
“We’ve been in a rush preparing materials, and my team took a list I had of partners and potential partners and put it on the site. It’s removed now. Apologies for the trouble that [this has] caused. I should have reviewed more closely.”
Geiger has not confirmed which of the 30 listed individuals and organizations announced on Wednesday were “potential partners” and which were actual confirmed partners of the OpenLibra project.
So far, CoinDesk has received direct confirmation from nine individuals affirming their involvement in the OpenLibra initiative.
They are: ethereum developer Lane…