The Ethereum community is worried about censorship as the ‘merge’ approaches. Here’s why
The Ethereum community, which is known for a sunny rainbow-and-unicorns vibe, is unusually serious as of late. Following a recent move by the U.S. Treasury Department to target a batch of crypto-related open source code, one word keeps coming up in Ethereum circles: censorship.
The concern surfaced earlier this month when the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Tornado Cash, an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency “mixer” that allows users to obfuscate transactions, and a series of Ethereum addresses—barring all Americans from interacting with both the mixer and the addresses.