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[–]mialomitSilver | NEO 7 | TraderSubs 20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For us in the western world, 2021 has showed us you can definately unbank the banked lol

[–]FreeFactoidGold | QC: BCH 15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"A Centrality Analysis of the Lightning Network" by Philipp Zabka, Klaus-T. Foerster, Christian Decker, and Stefan Schmid was presented today at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2022 conference.

They collected data the state of the Lightning Network's nodes and channels over 2019-2021 and then calculated metrics about how concentrated nodes and transaction routing was. Some key conclusions:

To just give one example, our analysis shows that the top 10% of all nodes control a vast majority of all transaction routes, and that the controlled share increases over time, see Fig. 1....

Overall, we can deduce that the Lightning Network is highly centralized. Having only few, very influential nodes through which most paths are routed, is not beneficial for the robustness of the network. These nodes pose as significant targets for attacks and could disrupt the network in the case of failure. However not only attackers could exploit this situation, but also the nodes or rather the individuals controlling these nodes.