Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

A Comprehensive Introduction

Author: Arvind Narayanan,Joseph Bonneau,Edward Felten,Andrew Miller,Steven Goldfeder

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884152

Category: Computers

Page: 336

View: 7152

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more. An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currency Covers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much more Features an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slides Also suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online course Electronic solutions manual (available only to professors)
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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

A Comprehensive Introduction

Author: Arvind Narayanan,Joseph Bonneau,Edward Felten,Steven Goldfeder,Andrew Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691171692

Category: Computers

Page: 336

View: 7361

"Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies" provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more.An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currencyCovers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much moreFeatures an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slidesAlso suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online courseElectronic solutions manual (available only to professors)
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Beyond Bitcoin

The Economics of Digital Currencies

Author: Hanna Halaburda,Miklos Sarvary

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137506423

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 186

View: 7961

Digital currencies are a fairly new phenomenon brought about by the spectacular rise of the internet. While Bitcoin is the most famous, there are numerous other digital currencies—from Amazon Coin to Zetacoin. Beyond Bitcoin explores the economic forces underlying the design of their features and their potential. Halaburda and Sarvary argue that digital currencies are best understood by considering the economic incentives driving their creators and users. The authors present a framework that will allow systemic analysis of this dynamic environment and support further discussion of the design of digital currencies' features and the competition in the market.
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Understanding Bitcoin

Cryptography, Engineering and Economics

Author: Pedro Franco

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119019141

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 5920

Discover Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has the finance world buzzing Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in finance since the advent of fiat currency. With Understanding Bitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides finance professionals with a complete technical guide and resource to the cryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible work fully explores the supporting economic realities and technological advances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative arguments from various economic schools regarding its continued viability. This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description of how Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and moving on to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and mining technologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies and explores historical attempts at cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just a digital currency; it's a modern approach to the secure transfer of value using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what it is, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the way digital value changes hands. Understand how Bitcoin works, and the technology behind it Delve into the economics of Bitcoin, and its impact on the financial industry Discover alt-coins and other available cryptocurrencies Explore the ideas behind Bitcoin 2.0 technologies Learn transaction protocols, micropayment channels, atomic cross-chain trading, and more Bitcoin challenges the basic assumption under which the current financial system rests: that currencies are issued by central governments, and their supply is managed by central banks. To fully understand this revolutionary technology, Understanding Bitcoin is a uniquely complete, reader-friendly guide.
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Handbook of Digital Currency

Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Big Data

Author: David LEE Kuo Chuen

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128023511

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 612

View: 4278

Incorporating currencies, payment methods, and protocols that computers use to talk to each other, digital currencies are poised to grow in use and importance. The Handbook of Digital Currency gives readers a way to learn about subjects outside their specialties and provides authoritative background and tools for those whose primary source of information is journal articles. Taking a cross-country perspective, its comprehensive view of the field includes history, technicality, IT, finance, economics, legal, tax and regulatory environment. For those who come from different backgrounds with different questions in mind, The Handbook of Digital Currency is an essential starting point. Discusses all major strategies and tactics associated with digital currencies, their uses, and their regulations Presents future scenarios for the growth of digital currencies Written for regulators, crime prevention units, tax authorities, entrepreneurs, micro-financiers, micro-payment businesses, cryptography experts, software developers, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, hardware manufacturers, credit card providers, money changers, remittance service providers, exchanges, and academics Winner of the 2015 "Outstanding Business Reference Source" by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
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Blockchain

Understand Blockchain in a Day: a Comprehensive Introduction to the Basics of Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

Author: Steve Gold

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544293172

Category:

Page: 98

View: 7138

Would You Like To Finally Understand What Blockchain Is And How It Will Impact Your Future? - NOW INCLUDES FREE GIFTS! (see below for details) Do you wonder why those in the know are getting so excited about Blockchain? Are you completely confused about how Blockchain works? Are you interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies? Or do you want to just be able to use cool words like cryptocurrency and know what you're talking about? Do you want to know how Blockchain is changing the world that you live in? And what could happen with it in future? Do you want to know the difference between Blockchain and Bitcoin, or whether or not such a thing as true data security on the internet is even possible? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this book will provide you with the answers you've been looking for! Blockchain is one of the most exciting developments since the internet. It is a completely revolutionary way to secure online data and one that will change things forever. It has turned the way we think about internet security completely on its head. It not only changes the way we look at online security but it turns some heads doing it. It is what made Bitcoin such a success and what is being hailed by giants such as Samsung and IBM as the way to make an Internet of Things a reality. Imagine a world where cars can be controlled by remote access, where they can actually communicate with one another online to avoid collisions and congestion. Where cars are able to interpret their environments to enable them to drive at optimal speed with optimal safety. Where all electronic devices have their own online profiles and can be activated remotely. Not home in time to record your favorite program? Get online at the office and hit the record button there. For the first time ever companies have a way of maintaining a complete support system for online devices and appliances without having to break the bank. Blockchain enables companies to do this by drawing on the computing power of millions of registered users without having to rely on vast computer farms. The user earns rewards and the company is able to roll out support to millions of devices. And, as if that wasn't enough, the very way that the database is structured makes everything more secure. No one person can hack the information because it is spread out over so many computers. In this book, we will look at: What Blockchain actually is - in simple terms that even non-techies can understand The basic history of Blockchain and how it came to be developed- Why we should all stand up and take notice of Blockchain The future of Blockchain and what it will mean for you and your family How Blockchain relates to Bitcoin - And, no, they are not the same thing! How Blockchain is completely disrupting the financial services industry and why the industry will never be the same again What some potential issues going forward might be and how these might delay the overall adoption of Blockchain as a whole ...and much more! Also included for a limited time only are 2 FREE GIFTS, including a full length, surprise FREE BOOK! Take the first step towards understanding Blockchain today. Click the buy now button above for instant access. Also included are 2 FREE GIFTS! - A sample from one of my other best selling books, and full length, FREE BOOKS included with your purchase!
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Mastering Bitcoin

Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies

Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491921986

Category: Computers

Page: 298

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Want to join the technological revolution that’s taking the world of finance by storm? Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the requisite knowledge to help you participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this practical book is essential reading. Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its infancy and it’s already spawned a multi-billion dollar global economy. This economy is open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides you with the knowledge you need (passion not included). This book includes: A broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles Offshoots of the bitcoin and blockchain inventions, including alternative chains, currencies, and applications User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
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Bitcoin and Beyond

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Global Governance

Author: Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351814079

Category: Political Science

Page: 212

View: 5123

Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009 several hundred different ‘cryptocurrencies’ have been developed and become accepted for a wide variety of transactions in leading online commercial marketplaces and the ‘sharing economy’, as well as by more traditional retailers, manufacturers, and even by charities and political parties. Bitcoin and its competitors have also garnered attention for their wildly fluctuating values as well as implication in international money laundering, Ponzi schemes and online trade in illicit goods and services across borders. These and other controversies surrounding cryptocurrencies have induced varying governance responses by central banks, government ministries, international organizations, and industry regulators worldwide. Besides formal attempts to ban Bitcoin, there have been multifaceted efforts to incorporate elements of blockchains, the peer-to-peer technology underlying cryptocurrencies, in the wider exchange, recording, and broadcasting of digital transactions. Blockchains are being mobilized to support and extend an array of governance activities. The novelty and breadth of growing blockchain-based activities have fuelled both utopian promises and dystopian fears regarding applications of the emergent technology to Bitcoin and beyond. This volume brings scholars of anthropology, economics, Science and Technology Studies, and sociology together with GPE scholars in assessing the actual implications posed by Bitcoin and blockchains for contemporary global governance. Its interdisciplinary contributions provide academics, policymakers, industry practitioners and the general public with more nuanced understandings of technological change in the changing character of governance within and across the borders of nation-states.
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Bitcoin for the Befuddled

Author: Conrad Barski,Chris Wilmer

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593275730

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 6466

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin—the game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide. But Bitcoin isn't just another way to buy stuff. It’s an anonymous, revolutionary, cryptographically secure currency that functions without the oversight of a central authority or government. If you want to get into the Bitcoin game but find yourself a little confused, Bitcoin for the ­Befuddled may be just what you’re looking for. Learn what Bitcoin is; how it works; and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely. You'll also learn: Bitcoin’s underlying cryptographic principles, and how bitcoins are createdThe history of Bitcoin and its potential impact on trade and commerceAll about the blockchain, the public ledger of Bitcoin transactionsHow to choose a bitcoin wallet that’s safe and easy to useHow to accept bitcoins as payment in your physical store or on your websiteAdvanced topics, including Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin programming With its non-technical language and patient, step-by-step approach to this fascinating currency, Bitcoin for the Befuddled is your ticket to getting started with Bitcoin. Get out from under the rock and get in the Bitcoin game. Just make sure not to lose your shirt.
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Mastering Bitcoin

Programming the Open Blockchain

Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491954345

Category: Computers

Page: 416

View: 5818

Join the technological revolution that’s taking the financial world by storm. Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded second edition provides essential detail to get you started. Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion. The second edition includes: A broad introduction of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles New developments such as Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning Network A deep dive into blockchain applications, including how to combine the building blocks offered by this platform into higher-level applications User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
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The Bitcoin Big Bang

How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World

Author: Brian Kelly

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118963660

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 3766

Get a handle on the digital currency revolution, and learn how to get on board The Bitcoin Big Bang is a guide to navigating the uncharted territory of digital currency. Written by CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, this book goes beyond Bitcoin 101 to explain how this transformative technology is about to change the world. Digital currency is thrown into perspective against the history of payment systems and its own evolution, as readers are invited to explore the ways in which this technology is already changing the way business gets done. Readers gain insight into the mechanisms behind Bitcoin, and an expert perspective on digital currency's effect on the future of money and the economic implications of the Bitcoin revolution. In the same way that e-mail changed the way we transfer information, the decentralized Bitcoin network is about to revolutionize the business world, the legal profession, and even the role of the government. The Bitcoin Big Bang dives head first into this paradigm shift, allowing readers to: Explore the origins of digital currency Learn the history and evolution of payment systems Discover how the Bitcoin network is facilitating free and instant transfer of value Understand the mining of Bitcoin, and how to invest The digital currency revolution has implications that spread far beyond the finance industry. Anyone who exchanges payment for goods and services is on the cusp of the next big push in societal evolution, and only an understanding of the technology and a clear knowledge of the systems and behaviors at play can fully prepare us for the changes to come. The Bitcoin Big Bang is the go-to guide, helping those who use money use it better.
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Introducing Ethereum and Solidity

Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners

Author: Chris Dannen

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 148422535X

Category: Computers

Page: 185

View: 5342

Learn how to use Solidity and the Ethereum project – second only to Bitcoin in market capitalization. Blockchain protocols are taking the world by storm, and the Ethereum project, with its Turing-complete scripting language Solidity, has rapidly become a front-runner. This book presents the blockchain phenomenon in context; then situates Ethereum in a world pioneered by Bitcoin. See why professionals and non-professionals alike are honing their skills in smart contract patterns and distributed application development. You'll review the fundamentals of programming and networking, alongside its introduction to the new discipline of crypto-economics. You'll then deploy smart contracts of your own, and learn how they can serve as a back-end for JavaScript and HTML applications on the Web. Many Solidity tutorials out there today have the same flaw: they are written for “advanced” JavaScript developers who want to transfer their skills to a blockchain environment. Introducing Ethereum and Solidity is accessible to technology professionals and enthusiasts of all levels. You’ll find exciting sample code that can move forward real world assets in both the academic and the corporate arenas. Find out now why this book is a powerful gateway for creative technologists of all types, from concept to deployment. What You’ll Learn See how Ethereum (and other cryptocurrencies) work Compare distributed apps (dapps) to web apps Write Ethereum smart contracts in Solidity Connect Ethereum smart contracts to your HTML/CSS/JavaScript web applications Deploy your own dapp, coin, and blockchain Work with basic and intermediate smart contracts Who This Book Is For Anyone who is curious about Ethereum or has some familiarity with computer science Product managers, CTOs, and experienced JavaScript programmers Experts will find the advanced sample projects in this book rewarding because of the power of Solidity
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The Business Blockchain

Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology

Author: William Mougayar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119300339

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 9873

The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain. Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications. The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries. Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change. William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center. Just as the Internet created new possibilities that we didn’t foresee in its early years, the blockchain will give rise to new business models and ideas that may still be invisible. Following an engaging Foreword by Vitalik Buterin, this book is organized along these 7 chapters: 1. What is the Blockchain? 2. How Blockchain Trust Infiltrates 3. Obstacles, Challenges & Mental Blocks 4. Blockchain in Financial Services 5. Lighthouse Industries & New Intermediaries 6. Implementing Blockchain Technology 7. Decentralization as the Way Forward The Business Blockchain is an invitation for technologists to better understand the business potential of the blockchain, and for business minded people to grasp the many facets of blockchain technology. This book teaches you how to think about the blockchain.
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Bitcoin For Dummies

Author: Prypto

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119076137

Category: Computers

Page: 208

View: 8980

"Learn to understand the ins and outs of the Bitcoin market, set up your Bitcoin wallet and get started, [and] protect yourself against fraud and theft"--Cover.
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Blockchain Technology

The Story of Blockchain

Author: Steve Tale

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542996839

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6922

Blockchain Technology: The Story of Blockchain This book will present the story of the blockchain and how it came to be. It will also feature some purposes and uses of this evolving IT discovery. What's the blockchain and why are some people raving about it? What incredible things can the blockchain do for you? How can you optimize your knowledge of the blockchain? These questions and more will be answered in this book. In this book you will learn: The History of the Blockchain Definition and Purposes of the Blockchain Basic Terms Used in Blockchain Platforms and Companies Using Blockchain What the Future Holds for the Blockchain Technology How Blockchain Can Affect Businesses Impact of the Blockchain on Government Sectors Maximizing Blockchain Technology for the Health Sector Steps in Developing Blockchains and mutch more.. Order your copy today!
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Blockchain For Dummies

Author: Tiana Laurence

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119365619

Category: Computers

Page: 240

View: 6745

Find out what Blockchain is, how it works, and what it can do for you Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, the revolutionary 'virtual currency' that's changing the way people do business. While Bitcoin has enjoyed some well-deserved hype, Blockchain may be Bitcoin's most vital legacy. Blockchain For Dummies is the ideal starting place for business pros looking to gain a better understanding of what Blockchain is, how it can improve the integrity of their data, and how it can work to fundamentally change their business and enhance their data security. Blockchain For Dummies covers the essential things you need to know about this exciting technology's promise of revolutionizing financial transactions, data security, and information integrity. The book covers the technologies behind Blockchain, introduces a variety of existing Blockchain solutions, and even walks you through creating a small but working Blockchain-based application. Blockchain holds the promise to revolutionize a wide variety of businesses. Get in the know about Blockchain now with Blockchain For Dummies and be ready to make the changes to business that your colleagues and competitors will later wish they'd done. Discover ten ways Blockchain can change business Find out how to apply a Blockchain solution See how to make data more secure Learn how to work with vendors Filled with vital information and tips on how this paradigm-changing technology can transform your business for the better, this book will not only show you Blockchain's full potential, but your own as well!
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The Politics of Bitcoin

Software as Right-Wing Extremism

Author: David Golumbia

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452953813

Category: Computers

Page: 100

View: 801

Since its introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been widely promoted as a digital currency that will revolutionize everything from online commerce to the nation-state. Yet supporters of Bitcoin and its blockchain technology subscribe to a form of cyberlibertarianism that depends to a surprising extent on far-right political thought. The Politics of Bitcoin exposes how much of the economic and political thought on which this cryptocurrency is based emerges from ideas that travel the gamut, from Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises to Federal Reserve conspiracy theorists. Forerunners: Ideas First is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital publications. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.
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Distributed Ledger Technology

The Science of the Blockchain

Author: Roger Wattenhofer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544232102

Category:

Page: 170

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FinTech developers and managers understand that the blockchain has the potential to disrupt the financial world. Distributed ledger technology allows the participants of a distributed system to agree on a common view of the system, to track changes in the system, in a reliable way. In the distributed systems community, agreement techniques have been known long before cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (where the term blockchain is borrowed) emerged. Various concepts and protocols exist, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. This book introduces the basic techniques when building fault-tolerant distributed systems, in a scientific way. We will present different protocols and algorithms that allow for fault-tolerant operation, and we will discuss practical systems that implement these techniques.
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The Age of Cryptocurrency

How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

Author: Paul Vigna,Michael J. Casey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250081556

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 7636

Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber-enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem to truly understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question. Cybermoney is poised to launch a revolution, one that could reinvent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash. But bitcoin, the most famous of the cybermonies, carries a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business; some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation-state. It implies, above all, monumental and wide-reaching change—for better and for worse. But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril. Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency—its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.
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