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Drivechains in Bitcoin Could Enhance Higher Throughput and Improved Privacy: Bitfinex CTO

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Bitfinex’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Paolo Ardoino, stated in a recent exclusive interview with The Block that drivechains within the Bitcoin network have the potential to be a “game changer.”

This statement comes amidst the ongoing debate surrounding the Bip-300 proposal.

Ardoino cited that drivechains have the needed capabilities to change the concepts of Bitcoin since they aspire to enhance throughput, improve privacy, and simplify complex smart contracts. 

The idea of drivechains was introduced to improve the functionality of Bitcoin’s networks by allowing the creation of sidechains, which are separate blockchains anchored to the main Bitcoin blockchain. 


Ardoino believes the primary goal of drivechains is to enable the development and deployment of various features and applications that can interact with Bitcoin while maintaining its security and decentralization.

According to him, drivechains would require a change to the Bitcoin network to have throughput and privacy enhancement on Bitcoin. 

Developers Debate on BIP-300 Reignites

Layer 2 Labs Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Sztorc, introduced the concept of drivechains via Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 300.

The proposal outlines a native sidechain mechanism for Bitcoin, enabling trustless bridging of BTC to distinct chains.

The proposed Bitcoin enhancement is currently sparking heated discussions on social platforms like X (formerly Twitter) and has become a source of controversy among developers and enthusiasts worldwide. 

Some see it as a way to solidify Bitcoin’s dominance among cryptocurrencies, while others are concerned it may open the door to shitcoins.

Drivechains creation of sidechains is secured through blind merge mining, enabling existing Bitcoin miners to secure other blockchains without operating the sidechain’s software. 

These networks could be created with alternative functionality developers want while inheriting Bitcoin’s security and native token. 

Sztorc believes sidechains could be the holy grail upgrade to Bitcoin and allow the creation of better features on the network. 

However, developers within the Bitcoin community are wary of change and the motives of anyone supporting it. 

Saifedan Ammous, a dedicated advocate of Bitcoin, has expressed skepticism regarding drivechains, viewing them as a thinly-veiled attempt to introduce assets akin to Ethereum’s ecosystem. 

He remains unconvinced of their utility. Contrarily, he argues that BIP-300 doesn’t necessitate a new asset but can be harnessed for BTC-centric purposes, such as private and scalable transactions.

Through one upgrade, drivechains could foster future developments to run on Bitcoin. 

Nevertheless, most developers are critical of drivechains technicality, notable for their integrated peg-out mechanism. 

Ardoino’s latest comments on the drivechains’ potential upgrade to Bitcoin are expected to reignite a new wave of debates in the coming days, which may be a paradigm for future innovations.