20.4.18 - Cardano Foundation Newsletter

We have some exciting news to share with you in the latest Cardano Foundation newsletter! The Foundation is pleased to announce the first Cardano Audit Report, which will focus on reviewing the engineering work carried out by IOHK and its being carried out by a trusted 3rd party FP Complete.

Meanwhile, we were also excited that Michael Parsons, Chairman of Cardano Foundation, delivered our congratulations remarks at the UK Parliamentary reception for the launch of “The Economic Impact of Smart Ledgers on World Trade”, the latest report to come from the Distributed Futures programme.

For any community members who are interested in the development work of Cardano, please come and join us in London on 25 April where Duncan Coutts, Director of Engineering at IOHK will present the past, present and future of Cardano!

Cardano Audit Report


On 12 April, Cardano Foundation released the first Cardano Audit Report and it has received an enthusiastic response from the global Cardano community. In order to provide transparency, Cardano Foundation will provide a monthly audit report on IOHK’s work. To achieve this, the Foundation has retained FP Complete, an independent and highly credible third party to perform an extensive audit of the engineering work completed by IOHK.

We are excited to share our first Cardano Audit Report with the community and look forward to continuing our commitment to protect, evolve and enrich the Cardano project. To learn more about the FP complete and to download the report, please click the button below:

Download Cardano Audit Report

Beta Release for Daedalus on Linux


On 9 April, IOHK announced the beta release of Daedalus on the Linux Operating System. Given the variety of Linux distributions and customisations, IOHK welcomes feedback from the community before making a fully supported Linux release. For more information about the Linux support and feedback on the release, please visit our Forum link below.

Linux Support for Daedalus

Cardano London Developer Meetup - Thursday 25th April


Please join us for our upcoming London meetup on the 25th April at University College of London! This meetup will be particularly interesting for our developer community, as Duncan Coutts, Director of Engineering at IOHK will be presenting on the topic “Insights into Cardano Development: Past, Present and Future”.

You can submit your question to Duncan prior to the meetup by commenting on the meetup event page here. For those who can’t attend this London meetup, do not despair! Duncan’s presentation and the Q&A will be recorded and we will share with you after the event. We are also grateful for London Blockchain Labs, London School of Economics Blockchain Society and University College London for providing such a terrific venue!

Sign up to our meetup now!

Cardano Stake Pool Registration


Cardano is progressing from the current centralised development phase of Byron to become decentralised as part of the Shelley release. To prepare the ground for community engagement, the development team at IOHK is inviting community members to register their interest in running a stake pool in the Shelley testnet. You can read more about the comment on running a stake pool by Charles Hoskinson here. To register your interest, please fill out the form below by April 30, 2018.

Cardano Stake Pool Registration

UK Parliamentary Reception “Economic Impact of Smart Ledgers on World Trade”


Cardano Foundation continues to support and sponsor Distributed Futures, an open source research programme to develop vital infrastructure to make Smart Ledgers a success. The research program has engaged with many stakeholders and is around the themes of society, technology, economics and politics.

On 17 April, to celebrate the launch of the “Economic Impact of Smart Ledgers on World Trade” report by Distributed Futures, a reception was held at the UK Parliament. The event was well attended and the MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner said a few words on the potential impact of Smart Ledger technology. Michael Parsons, Chairman of Cardano Foundation delivered his congratulations speech on behalf of the Foundation. You can download the latest report below:

Download “The Economic Impact Of Smart Ledgers On World Trade” Report

Community Member’s Question - Why Haskell?


This week’s community members question comes from @roughcam, a Korean community member who raised the following question on the Korean category of Cardano Forum:

“Why is Cardano written in Haskell? It’s not like IOHK will run the Cardano project forever and there is also a limited number of Haskell programmers, so human resources are quite limited as well. So what advantages of Haskell have triggered the project to be written in Haskell?”

Answer: The protocols that compose Cardano are distributed, bundled with cryptography and require a high degree of fault tolerance. Haskell has been chosen because of its capacity/ability to meet those requirements. For instance, Haskell is a programming language that supports a strong type system while having a reasonable expectation of fault tolerance. In addition, Haskell’s libraries have evolved in the last few years to write production applications. Moreover, the talent pool of developers specialising in Haskell is well-trained with the right mix of academic and industry credentials. It acts as a competency filter as it is uncommon to find experienced Haskell developers without detailed knowledge of computer science.

To read the full explanation on why Cardano is written in Haskell, please click here.

And finally…

We are proud of the diversity of Cardano communities across the world. This is demonstrated by the meaningful discussion raised in different language categories in our Forum and we plan for additional languages to be added to the Forum in the future.

To learn more about Cardano, we encourage you to visit our Forum where community members help each other by answering questions and provide a huge amount of value to each other. That could include you!

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