In recent news, the privacy-focused blockchain Namada aims to establish closer connections with the Osmosis protocol through joint funding for software “public goods” and a planned airdrop of its upcoming NAM token to OSMO investors. Namada co-founder Christopher Goes announced that the proposed grants program would support an array of privacy-centric research and development initiatives that benefit both Osmosis and Namada, with the latter not yet launched. While Namada is set to finance the endeavor, Goes remains “hopeful” that Osmosis will contribute as well.
Namada also plans to implement its method for preserving asset privacy on Osmosis, known as “shielded actions.” This technique would conceal assets on Namada while they are not being used for trading on Osmosis. According to Goes, if users only owned assets and could not trade them, it would not be particularly appealing. Therefore, people would want to use decentralized exchanges like Osmosis or other platforms to trade their assets.
The Switzerland-based non-profit organization Anoma Foundation, connected to Namada, is set to allocate some of the NAM staking tokens for airdrops to OSMO holders. The exact timeline and distribution amounts, however, have not been established as Osmosis’ community has not yet deliberated on the matter. Goes is seeking the community’s input and permission to proceed with the proposal, which will be subjected to an OSMO governance vote.
In April, Namada had suggested a similar partnership with Zcash, which included an airdrop as well. This collaboration between Namada and Osmosis could potentially benefit both parties, driving innovations in privacy-centric developments and inspiring further investments.
Despite the enthusiasm for the alliance, both Namada and Osmosis should consider the implications and potential drawbacks in their respective communities. For instance, implementing “shielded actions” might raise concerns on regulatory compliance or security risks. Additionally, the Osmosis community’s approval and involvement is crucial in determining the feasibility of this partnership.
In conclusion, the proposed collaboration between Namada and Osmosis showcases the growing interest in privacy-oriented blockchain technology. As the two projects work to strengthen their connections, it remains to be seen how their communities will react to the proposal and its potential impact on privacy-centered developments in the blockchain space.