Dfinity’s ICP token dropped 10% in the past 24 hours to hit a price of $65.76, according to crypto data aggregator CoinGecko. It’s a heavy downturn for the currency, which, around this time last month, managed to set an all-time high of $700 barely 24 hours after its launch.
Dfinity is much-hyped. It was listed on Coinbase Pro at launch and seemingly came out of the blue to claim a market cap of just shy of $26 billion three days after launch. By that point, it was the eighth most valuable cryptocurrency in the world behind .
ICP’s price has been in freefall ever since. This could be down to intense competition: Dfinity is competing with long-established that offer and decentralized applications, like and .
What is Dfinity and ICP?
Dfinity is a blockchain computer project founded in 2016 by entrepreneur Dominic Williams. Its central component, the ‘Internet Computer’, is a decentralized computer that’s run by a network of independent data centers around the world.
Its creators tout it as an alternative to the cloud computing market—currently worth $370 billion—where big tech companies have established a monopoly of centralized servers. Dfinity hopes its platform will eventually host decentralized alternatives to killer web apps like Facebook, eBay and TikTok.
Dfinity uses a variation of the proof-of-stake consensus mechanism called ‘Threshold Relay’ to achieve consensus and validate transactions. Due to Threshold Relay, Dfinity claims its project can validate transactions in one to two seconds, leaving and Ethereum trailing behind at ten minutes and fifteen seconds respectively.
Another key feature—its Network Nervous System—acts as the network’s brain and governance system, regulating and upgrading both dedicated node machines and independent onboarding data centres.
The ICP token provides gas for the Dfinity network and enables holders to vote on proposals for the future of the Internet Computer. It is currently listed on exchanges like , Binance, Huobi Global and .
Editor's note: This article's headline was changed after publication.
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