February Newsletter

Greetings from the Palm House in Belmont, where we’ve recently had the pleasure of being joined for lunch by Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn (in the foreground), Electric Coin Company CEO.

And speaking of visits, as February passes its midpoint, Agoric Chief Scientist Mark S. Miller and Agoric engineer Chip Morningstar are just back from the February TC-39 JavaScript committee meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the importance of JavaScript to Agoric, we really value the opportunity for ongoing participation in this process.

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Updates: What’s Happening at Agoric

Engineering Has Been Heads-Down

We’ve been prepping the Zoe alpha in advance of a hackathon in April, updating our testnet to integrate with IBC for the upcoming Game of Zones, and coding on SES and our kernel, among other efforts. For more specifics: https://agoric.com/weekly-updates/

Video of Kate Sills, Agoric Engineer, Addressing Stanford CodeX on Zoe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6h6TMuVHKQ

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Events: Upcoming Events We’re Attending

Qcon: March 2-5; London, England

Hyperledger Global Forum: March 3-6; Phoenix, Arizona

Developer Relations Conference: March 8-10; San Jose, California

TC-39 Meeting: March 31 - April 2; Cupertino, California

Consensus: May 11-13; Manhattan, New York

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Bookmarks: What We’re Reading

Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu. In the early days of the internet, some thought the internet would be a legal jurisdiction of its own. But many governments disagreed. While I often disagree with Goldsmith and Wu, this book is a well-written overview of the historical clashes between traditional governments and futurists. (Kate Sills)

Network Geeks: How They Built the Internet by Brian E. Carpenter. Carpenter, a former chair of the IAB and IETF, lets us see how computers and control systems evolved through the lens of pre- and post-WWII and CERN. A great read for anyone who lived through the early hyper-growth of the internet, or is interested in understanding the technical standards process of that time. (Mike Jablon)

The Software Development Deli Counter by Rich Mironov. The thing I got out of it was to not think of the software department as people behind the counter waiting for your order. They’re people already doing things, and if you want them to do something new, there needs to be a decision made about priorities – something managers aren’t always versed in. (Chip Moringstar)

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