A sidechain is a blockchain that runs parallel to the Bitcoin blockchain, enabling the deployment of new features and capabilities while leveraging bitcoin’s security. A sidechain is interoperable with the Bitcoin blockchain and supports the secure transfer of assets between chains.

About Blockstream

Blockstream is the global leader in Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Applying cutting-edge cryptography and security engineering, we’re building the products and networks that make financial markets more efficient by reducing reliance on trust.Blockstream is the leading provider of both open-source and commercial Bitcoin technologies. We deliver a range of products and services that make the adoption of Bitcoin and peer-to-peer finance easier than ever. Bitcoin is at the heart of everything we do. From enterprise-grade settlement networks, to consumer wallets, to Bitcoin satellites, our technology is accelerating the adoption of bitcoin-based peer-to-peer finance. Blockstream's key innovation is in sidechains, which enable the introduction of brand new features to Bitcoin, as well as the issuance of new digital assets.
 Elements is an open source blockchain platform, providing developers with the tools to build their own networks and products. By extending the well-known Bitcoin codebase, developers can quickly roll out working blockchains that support powerful features such as Confidential Transactions and Issued Assets.Built upon Elements, the Liquid Network is a settlement platform for exchanges, brokers, and market makers. It enables fast and private bitcoin transactions between its members, as well as the issuance of digital assets, such as tokenized fiat and tokenized securities.  


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