Could something like the Bitcoin Lightning Network be implemented for Monero?

What differences make a Monero implementation of the Lightning Network (or equivalent) more or less difficult than the Bitcoin implementation?

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    LN is not a sidechain, so you're asking about two different things. It would be better if you split up the two posts into two different question posts.
    – Murch
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 16:02
  • An answer is here. Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 12:44

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Yes most definitely. Much of the infrastructure that LN would require already exists in Monero, although multisig is a key component that is currently missing. Thankfully that is coming in the near future, after RingCT has been implemented, as it builds on the RingCT work.

There are some key improvements we'd likely make to an LN implementation for Monero, mostly focused on retaining as much privacy as possible. This is very early on in the process, however, and there is much discussion and thinking that still has to happen before we can commit to developing any such additional LN functionality.


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