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Ripple CTO Says XRPLF Has No Enforceable Right to Decide Who Can Run a Validator


Ripple CTO clarifies XRPLF’s lack of authority in determining XRP Ledger validators, raising debates on decentralization in the crypto community.

The chief technology officer (CTO) of Ripple, David Schwartz, has clarified that the XRP Ledger Foundation (XRPLF) has no enforceable right to decide who can and can’t run a validator on the XRP Ledger. The XRPLF serves as an autonomous nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the advancement and adoption of the XRP Ledger.

Schwartz’s latest comment follows the crypto community’s continued argument and controversy over the XRP ledger’s decentralization, especially as it pertains to XRPLF’s role in defining node operators in the default Unique Node List (dUNL).

Taking to Twitter, David Schwartz, who is one of the original architects of the XRP Ledger, stressed: “XRPLF has no enforceable right to decide who can and can’t run a validator on XRPL. If they did, I would never argue that XRPL is decentralized.”

The CTO’s remarks implied that any centralized control over validator operations could undermine the core principles of decentralization that the XRPL network aims to achieve.

Highlighting the importance of individual autonomy, Schwartz added, “If you don’t like XRPLF’s decisions, they can’t make you listen to them.” This statement alluded to the notion that users and participants in the XRPL ecosystem have the freedom to disregard decisions made by the XRPLF if they disagree with them.

What Does the Community Think?

In a similar conversation, the Ripple CTO sought the crypto community’s view about what makes blockchain technology 100% decentralized. ‘Can something be properly described as “100% decentralized” if one single party has the legal right to decide who can use it, how they can use it, and how it can be changed?’ he asked.

Interestingly, most of the respondents, about 47%, answered “No,” while only 9% of them gave an affirmative response.

However, the official Twitter handle of the XRdoge project emphasized that most people take the term ‘decentralized’ to mean ‘no one can change,’ while in reality, it means only a party of a small group can effect change. 

Schwartz agreed with this claim and added that anyone who does not like the way a blockchain operates could effect a change, and those who agree with them get the new rules.

Ripple has continued to stress the independence of the XRP Ledger, dispelling claims that it has control of UNLs on the network. Early this month, The Crypto Basic called attention to a similar claim made in a Protos article, which was summarily debunked by the XRP community.

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Abdulkarim Abdulwahab
Abdulkarim Abdulwahabhttp://thecryptobasic.com
Abdulkarim Abdulwahab is a blockchain writer with a specific interest in journalistic writing. He covers breaking events in the crypto community and blockchain industry. Over the past year, he has published over 1,000 short-form and long-form content for Web3 publishing firms.

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