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The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has announced the final beneficiaries of the ongoing Bitcoin Development Fund: Bitcoin developer Ben Kaufman and the Global Mesh Labs team will each receive a grant of $ 25,000.
HRF launched its fund last year and it has supported privacy and sovereignty-enhancing Bitcoin projects such as CoinSwap, Join Inbox, Zeus, fully kinked and packet relay. This latest round of grants was supported by cryptocurrency exchange Gemini and his Gemini Opportunity Fund.
Kaufman will use the grant to improve Specter Desktop, an interface that makes interacting with Bitcoin Core much more user-friendly. The project aligns with HRF’s focus on sovereignty as it makes it easier to run a full Bitcoin node without relying on third-party services.
“Specter is optimized to enable users to fully harness the power of hardware wallets, vents and multisignature setups, and is aimed at expanding the number of full Bitcoin nodes and strengthening Bitcoin decentralization,” said a press release of HRF shared with Bitcoin Magazine. “Ben’s work on Specter will make it easier than ever for anyone to be their own bank.”
The Global Mesh Labs team, including Richard Myers, Fodé Diop and Will Clark, is working on Lot 49, an Android application that modifies Bitcoin and Lightning Network implementations to serve regions with a low and intermittent Internet connection.
“With Lot49, Richard, Fodé and Will aim to make Bitcoin more usable in mobile-first environments with spotty internet connectivity, unstable currencies and poor infrastructure,” the release said.
HRF is working to raise additional support for the Bitcoin Development Fund and award grants to several Bitcoin projects each year. Gifts, which are tax-deductible, can be made through HRF.org/DevFund and support proposals can be submitted to email@example.com.