MindChats EP02 Recap with DLC.Link

Mind Network
3 min readFeb 6, 2024

The second episode of #MindChats aired on February 2, 2024. This time we had the privilege to host the cofounder and CEO of DLC.Link, Aki Balogh, as our guest. This episode of #MindChats was hosted on X Space by Christian (Head of BD & Marketing at Mind Network). It highlighted how smart contracts are revolutionizing the Bitcoin ecosystem and emphasized the importance of partnership between Mind Network and DLC.Link. They aim to disrupt and revolutionize the DeFi and Bitcoin ecosystems by challenging traditional perceptions. More than 17k people tuned in for the episode within 12 hours.

The Time Stamps

Check out the recording of the AMA:https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1eaKbgwNeWdGX?s=20

4:39 Quick overview of DLC (Discreet Log Contracts)

5:50 Bitcoin DeFi ecosystem and trends

11:09 Evolution of DLC

13:49 How does DLC.Link play out in the Bitcoin DeFi world

16:50 What is “Discreet” in the DLC?

19:51 Pros and cons of DLC.Link over alternatives

27:00 DLC.Link Infrastructure

28:50 Use cases and current market interest for DLC

30:00 Potential to use a DLC with Bitcoin and tokenize treasuries

32:00 DLC future prospects

Top highlights of the episode

Existing Wrapped Bitcoins are CeFi?

  • To make Bitcoin usable in the DeFi ecosystem, Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) was introduced. Here, a depositor takes Bitcoin and sends it to BitGo which puts the token in its vault before issuing an ETH token to allow users access to DeFi services.
  • But BitGo, a licensed custodian, is a CeFi Institute. So, what if something happens to BitGo, like a regulatory crackdown?
  • Since BitGo is holding its users’ Bitcoin, it poses a high risk.
  • To counter this issue, DLC is using a self-custody mechanism, under which a user puts her Bitcoin in a DLC lockbox that only pays out to her. No third-party involvement. No centralized control.

DLC.Link revolutionizes the Bitcoin and DeFi ecosystems

  • Discreet Log Contracts (DLC) is enhancing Bitcoin’s smart contract capabilities, with its dlcBTC token.
  • It introduces private peer-to-peer financial contracts on the Bitcoin network.
  • Instead of bringing DeFi on Bitcoin, DLC is crafting ways to have Bitcoin in the DeFi ecosystem.
  • DLC.Link is not a chain. It offers a kind of Bitcoin interoperability without introducing another chain.
  • It has a partnership with Maple Finance to allow the use of Bitcoin in the DeFi industry.

MindNetwork-DLT pair: Enhancing confidentiality and security

  • DLC’s focus is on ensuring confidentiality and MindNetwork’s encryption technologies — FHE+ZKP Data Rollup (MindLake) and FHE Stealth Address Protocol (MindSAP) — will play a pivotal role in this endeavor.
  • Here, the validator (called Oracle) will not know who the parties are.
  • Oracle just publishes the data and its attestation. Thereafter, the parties grab the data and settle their Bitcoin transaction.

Fundamentals of Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE)

  • Integration of FHE into platforms like DLC.Link will enhance transaction security and confidentiality.
  • FHE allows computation on the encrypted data without decrypting it. It is contrary to traditional encryption schemes, where data needs to be decrypted before any computation can be performed on it.
  • FHE can be used to decentralize and streamline KYC/AML procedures, adding an additional level of security and confidentiality.
  • It is distinct from ZK technology for its multiple use cases, especially the possibilities for third-party encrypted computation.

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