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An Open Letter to the Bitcoin Community

As active contributors to Bitcoin, we share this letter to communicate our plan of action
related to technical consensus and Bitcoin scalability.
Bitcoin is many things to many people. However, the development and maintenance of
Bitcoin is a human endeavor. Satoshi sought review and cooperation, and the subsequent
work by Bitcoin’s developers has made the system more secure and orders of magnitude
faster. The Bitcoin developer community is dedicated to the future of Bitcoin, looks after
the health of the network, strives for the highest standards of performance, and works to
keep Bitcoin secure on behalf of everyone.
We’re committed to Bitcoin and responsive to the needs of the community. For the past
five years, we’ve written code and managed over 50 Bitcoin releases1 and reviewed more
than 45 formal proposals2 to improve Bitcoin’s performance, security, and scalability.
Technical discussions, while heated at times, are always focused on improving Bitcoin.
Much work has already been done in this area, from substantial improvements in CPU
bottlenecks, memory usage, network efficiency, and initial block download times, to
algorithmic scaling in general. However, a number of key challenges still remain, each with
many significant considerations and tradeoffs to evaluate. We have worked on Bitcoin
scaling for years while safeguarding the network’s core features of decentralization,
security, and permissionless innovation. We’re committed to ensuring the largest possible
number of users benefit from Bitcoin, without eroding these fundamental values.
There will be controversy from time to time, but Bitcoin is a security-critical system with
billions of dollars of users’ assets that a mistake could compromise. To mitigate potential
existential risks, it behooves us all to take the time to evaluate proposals that have been
put forward and agree on the best solutions via the consensus-building process.
In the upcoming months, two open workshops will bring the community together to
explore these issues. The first Scaling Bitcoin workshop3 will be in Montreal on September
12-13. The second workshop is planned for December 6-7 and will be hosted in Hong Kong
to be more inclusive of Bitcoin’s global user base.
We ask the community to not prejudge and instead work collaboratively to reach the best
outcome through the existing process and the supporting workshops. It’s great to already

see broad excitement for the event and the high concentration of technical participants
attending.
We’re confident that by working together we can agree on the best course of action. We
believe this is the way forward and reinforces the existing review process that has served
the Bitcoin development community (and Bitcoin in general) well to date.
We welcome your participation as we continue our efforts to bring Bitcoin into the future.
Signed,
Wladimir J. van der Laan
Pieter Wuille
Cory Fields
Luke Dashjr
Jonas Schnelli
Jorge Timón
Greg Maxwell
Eric Voskuil
Amir Taaki
Dave Collins
Michael Ford
Peter Todd
Phillip Mienk
Suhas Daftuar
R E Broadley
Eric Lombrozo
Daniel Kraft
Chris Moore
Alex Morcos
dexX7
Warren Togami
Mark Friedenbach
Ross Nicoll
Pavel Janík
Josh Lehan
Andrew Poelstra
Christian Decker

Bryan Bishop
Benedict Chan
฿tcDrak
Charlie Lee
Jeremy Rubin
1

https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/tree/master/doc/release-notes

2

https://github.com/bitcoin/bips

3

https://scalingbitcoin.org/montreal2015/