The decentralized cloud storage project Sia announced a plan to hard fork. The intention of the fork, as explained by project lead David Vorick, is to brick the dominant batch of ASIC miners from Bitmain and Innosilicon, in order to make the ASIC landscape more competitive.
(Source: Sia Discord Channel)
Read the timeline of this development here:
Slaying a dragon, one fork at a time
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