Polkadot Digest 15 May 2023

Polkadot News

Polytope Labs has published a way of efficiently verifying the Ethereum Beacon chain’s Casper FFG consensus proofs using a SNARK-based approach, based on W3F research. This would help with zk-bridges between Polkadot and Ethereum. https://twitter.com/seunlanlege/status/1656637884718362626

Referendum 115, proposing to open three new HRMP channels between Statemint and Bitgreen/Subsocial/Manta, is passing with 99% in favor and 1 day left to vote. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/referendum/115

Referendum 117, seeking a force_transfer back to the Treasury from a previous Treasury Proposal, is currently failing with 73% in favor and 13 days left to vote. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/referendum/117

Referendum 118, proposing to gradually increase the ideal number of validators in the active set to 400, is currently passing with 97% in favor and 23 days left to vote. https://polkadot.polkassembly.io/referendum/118

The Polkadot staking rate continues to slowly increase, and is now at 41.9%. Polkadot Staking Dashboard | Polkadot Staking (DOT)

Kusama News

Bit.Country has been in the lead during the entire Ending Period of the current parachain lease auction. Kusama Auctions and Crowdloans | Parachains.info

ParaID 2’268 has won the most recent parachain lease auction. Polkadot/Substrate Portal